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DINOSAURS ROAR TO LIFE AT OMSI
Dinosaurs Press Release
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Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)—and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs’ fascinating—and feathered—history. 
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SKATERS JOIN FORCES WITH PHYSICS AT OMSI’S NEWEST EXHIBITION TONY HAWK | RAD SCIENCE
Interactive exhibition shows how a little bit of physics can go a long way at the skate park
What does it take to pull off a mid-air 900 on a skateboard? Which surface makes for the best ride? What does science have to do with any of it? Jump into the physics behind extreme sports this spring at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for Tony Hawk | Rad Science, opening February 1, 2014.
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IT'S ELEMENTARY: SHERLOCK HOLMES EXHIBITION IS A MUST SEE!
OMSI to Debut The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes on October 10, 2013

Footprints, splatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, opening Thursday, October 10, 2013, at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The interactive experience -- which will debut at OMSI before touring nationally and internationally -- combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories.

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MUMMIES OF THE WORLD EXHIBITION MAKES NORTHWEST DEBUT AT OMSI
Largest Collection of Mummies Ever Assembled On View in Portland Beginning June 14, 2013
The nationally recognized Mummies of the World exhibition will make its Pacific Northwest debut at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Friday, June 14, 2013. The presentation in Portland will mark the eighth stop of the exhibition’s exclusive tour of the United States. This astonishing collection of mummies and related artifacts includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru (“Detmold Child”) dating 3,000 years before King Tut. The exhibition, declared "magical and mythical" by the New York Times, presents a never-before seen collection of rare mummies from across the world -- including South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt -- that spans eons of time and transcends history.
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OMSI OPENS NEWEST NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
Desert Air Features Paraglider’s View of World’s Deserts
Does sailing a hundred feet above camel caravans appeal to your sense of adventure? How about drifting high above a honeycomb of ancient abodes? If so, look no further than the latest collection of images to grace the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI’s) National Geographic Photo Gallery. Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz features images from the award winning photographer’s aerial journeys above the world’s deserts.
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MUSEUM DINING EXPERIENCE REINVENTED
OMSI Opens Theory : An Eatery Where Food Meets Science
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is joining the ranks of some of the best-known museums around the country offering a premiere dining experience … but with a twist. Theory, where food meets science, opens in its entirety January 31, 2013. The re-imagined museum eatery removes traditional barriers and essentially welcomes guests inside the kitchen to explore the science of food. Unlike traditional restaurants, Theory will feature exhibits, demonstrations, classes and events inviting patrons to seek answers to questions like these, while giving them even more to chew on.
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MYTH CONFIRMED! OMSI TO HOST MYTHBUSTERS: THE EXPLOSIVE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Featured February 8 through May 5, 2013
Does sprinting rather than strolling keep you drier in a downpour? How would you stack up against an action hero or stunt man while, say, hanging from a ledge by your fingertips? Answers await visitors at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), where MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition begins February 8, 2013. The exhilarating exhibition brings the Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series to life, helping visitors uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity.
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OMSI OPENS RENEWABLE ENERGY EXHIBIT
New Permanent Museum Offering Puts Finishing Touch on Transformed Earth Hall
Aside from being ideal conditions for windsurfing … what do wind, waves, and sun all have in common? They are all sources of renewable energy and each will be showcased at OMSI in a new permanent, bilingual exhibit officially opening January 17, 2013. Renewable Energy/Energía Renovable invites OMSI visitors to learn about emerging sources of energy as well as consider the tradeoffs involved in using any energy source. Interactive exhibit pieces demonstrate how alternative technologies can be integrated into the existing power grid and how visitors’ individual energy choices affect the environment. Renewable Energy/Energía Renovable will be on display in OMSI’s newly transformed Earth Science Hall for the next roughly eight years.
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OMSI EXHIBITS SUSTAINABILITY, INSIDE AND OUT
Museum Introduces New Permanent Exhibit and Related Community Outreach
The city of Portland is known as one of the most livable in the U.S. Some say residents’ widespread belief in sustainability is what sets the city apart, but what does that mean? What decisions can people make in order to create more sustainable communities? In a powerful combination of exhibits and interactive web and cell phone programs at OMSI and throughout the Portland metro region, visitors and members of the community are invited to find out for themselves. The bilingual exhibit Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices/Juntos somos ingeniosos: Una decisión a la vez is the museum’s latest permanent installment. With a special opening Sunday, October 7, 2012, Clever Together will be on display in OMSI’s newly transformed Earth Science Hall for the next roughly eight years. The exhibition is accompanied by OMSI’s new Local Voices, Clever Choices/ Nuestras voces, nuestras decisiones community outreach campaign, also bilingual.
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THE IMPOLITE SCIENCE OF GROSSOLOGY RETURNS TO OMSI
Back by Popular Demand, Exhibit Opens September 29
What makes a nose run? Why does drinking soda make us burp? Where does food travel during digestion? The Oregon Museum of Science (OMSI) invites visitors to find the answers to probing questions like these and more as they explore all the slimy, mushy, oozy, scaly and stinky gross (yet scientific) things that occur every day inside us. Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body opens at the museum September 29.
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OMSI EXPOSES SCIENCE OF RACE IN NEW EXHIBIT
RACE: Are We So Different? Offers Unprecedented View of Human Variation
Though each of us is as unique as our fingerprint, humans across all walks of life actually have more in common than ever previously imagined. A new exhibit about the science of human variation at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will challenge visitors to consider race in a new light. RACE: Are We So Different?, opening Wednesday, September 26, is the first national exhibition to tell the story of race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view. 
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REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN SHOW RETURNS TO OMSI LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Curious weekenders and reptile enthusiasts alike can crawl, creep and slither their way to one of the largest gatherings of reptiles and amphibians in the Pacific Northwest this Labor Day weekend. OMSI will present its 26th annual Reptile and Amphibian Show, Sept. 1 through 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Entrance is $3, and free for OMSI members.
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OMSI'S NEW DIRT TO DINNER EVENT CELEBRATES FOOD SUSTAINABILITY
Visitors Invited to Get Hands-on at Free, Bilingual Festival
OMSI will host a one-of-a-kind, free, bilingual festival that explores the life cycle of food – from farm to table and beyond. The museum’s inaugural Dirt to Dinner event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and highlight activities and organizations that support sustainable food choices.
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AT OMSI
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL Photographic Exhibition, New Partnership Debut
In partnership with National Geographic, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is pleased to announce a new ongoing series of photographic exhibitions. Opening Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Simply Beautiful is the latest collection to grace OMSI’s new National Geographic Photo Gallery. It features images illustrating how we can find beauty, often overlooked, in nearly everything.
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OMSI ROCKS OUT THIS SUMMER WITH LOCAL BAND CONCERT SERIES
The popular adult event OMSI After Dark turns it up a notch this summer with the addition of a concert series featuring local bands during the June, July, and August events. The series will debut June 27 with Radiation City and The Robinsons & The Psychedelic Family Band. June's supersized OMSI After Dark gets fired up at 7 p.m. with flaming science fun throughout the evening. The July and August events will begin at the same time, with respective futuristic and fashion themes. The opening band for each event will start at 9:45 p.m. on OMSI's front plaza. Tickets are $18 and include OMSI After Dark and the concert.
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OMSI SHOWCASES AUTOVATION: INNOVATION PLUS AUTO TECH
New collaboration between industry and academia rolls into museum June 12
What do you get when you cross innovation with automobile technology, harnessing the brainpower of local students and the resources of local industry? The Autovation display at The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a perfect example. This new permanent feature will debut in the museum’s engineering-themed Turbine Hall June 12.
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DISASTER STRIKES AT OMSI
Nature’s forces unleashed May 26
Shake, rattle and RUN! Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes descend on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) this spring and summer with Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. The new exhibition explores these spectacular phenomena through interactive displays, state-of-the-art animations, poignant, large-scale images, and cultural artifacts.
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FILM FESTIVAL POWERS UP OMSI SCREEN
Annual OMNIMAX Theater event runs May 8 to July 1
Two tons of OMSI-style projector power will lend weight to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Film Festival, taking place May 8 to July 1 in the OMNIMAX Theater. The theater’s trademark heavy-duty equipment will bring its five-story, domed screen to life with 450 showings of 28 new and classic IMAX® films designed to make the most of the giant screen experience. The largest of its kind in the nation, the eight-week long 2012 OMSI Film Festival will feature To The Arctic and the Portland debuts of Mysteries of the Great Lakes and Rescue, among many other IMAX motion pictures.
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OMSI TAKES AUDIENCES TO THE ARCTIC BEGINNING APRIL 20
Polar bears have long inspired wonder and delight, but do we really understand their world? With the new IMAX film To The Arctic, OMSI’S OMNIMAX Theater takes viewers on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep and featuring songs by Paul McCartney, To The Arctic from MacGillivray Freeman follows in the company's long tradition of films known for their artistry, celebration of science, and ability to call attention to the natural world.
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OCEAN DEPTHS REVEALED AT OMSI
Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry Opens March 28
In partnership with National Geographic, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is pleased to announce the opening of Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry Wednesday, March 28. The photographic exhibition will guide visitors on a journey through the mysteries of the ocean depths as brought to life by award-winning National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry.
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OMSI to Host Portland Food Cart Festival and Competition
Willamette Week’s Fifth Annual Eat Mobile Takes Place April 28
An international destination for mobile eats, Portland boasts an abundance of more than 400 carts peddling tasty goods. Declared the city with "the world's best street food" by U.S. News Travel, Portland has a robust variety of mobile eateries that make its food scene unique. 
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TOY MEETS MASTERPIECE AT OMSI
One-of-a-kind LEGO® art exhibition makes Pacific Northwest debut
Playing with LEGO® blocks will take on a whole new meaning to visitors of the upcoming The Art of the Brick exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Opening March 17 for a limited six-week run, the new exhibit will feature the most expansive U.S. collection to date of large-scale sculptures created exclusively out of LEGO toy building blocks by well-known artist Nathan Sawaya. LEGO stylings from other local artists will also be on display, along with a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and challenges.
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ANIMAL THOUGHTS REVEALED AT OMSI
New Wild Minds Exhibit Opens February 11
Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think will show visitors just how bright our friends in the animal kingdom can be. Many species demonstrate cognitive skills long thought to make human beings unique: using tools, solving problems, self awareness, and the ability to communicate. Over decades, researchers have documented these talents in different animal species, observing behavior in the wild and in carefully controlled experiments. Using a variety of videos, games and displays, Wild Minds shows visitors how animals’ environments have shaped their thinking abilities and explores evolutionary links between humans and animals.
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