Microscopy for Beginners

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Microscopy for Beginners

This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands-on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own. One microscope per ticket, maximum two people per microscope.


To reserve a space for Microscopy for Beginners, buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Fabulous Fossils

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Fabulous Fossils

Handle an assortment of rocks and fossils to determine what a fossil actually is. Help clean a real 65-million-year-old
Triceratops and other fossils using professional tools and techniques. Make a copy of a Velociraptor claw to take
home. Allergy note: claws are made of flour.


To reserve a space for Fabulous Fossils buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Soap Making

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Soap Making

Make soap and discover both the reactions that go into its creation and why it has such amazing cleaning properties! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances.


Electricity & Magnetism

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Electricity & Magnetism

Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person.


To reserve a space for Electricity Magnetism buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


Animal Behavior

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Animal Behavior

Visitors will learn and practice skills by observing feeding behaviors of live animals.  They will apply these skills to build pet puzzle feeders and explore more complex behaviors such as thinking.


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Brain Fair

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Brain Fair


Members' Early Hours

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Members' Early Hours

Join us for new friends and new discoveries during early hours in the Science Playground. Coffee and Juice will be provided.

Agate & Mineral Show

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Agate & Mineral Show

Explore the wonders of geology at the 63rd annual Agate & Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the Pacific Northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society, 30+ exhibits will be on display.

The Shark Riddle

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The Shark Riddle

Get ready for a shark-filled, music-filled, riddle-filled, fun-filled event for the whole family! Watch the award-winning half-hour children’s film The Shark Riddle for a completely new look at the ocean’s top predators. Then join sister/brother wildlife filmmaking team Laura and Robert Sams for a behind-the-scenes look at their award-winning film, which was just named Best Children’s Program of the Year, Worldwide, at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.


A New Bridge In Town

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A New Bridge In Town

Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab. One ticket per person.


To reserve a space for A New Bridge in Town buy tickets online or at the OMSI Ticket Desk.


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