Life Science Lab

Included in General Admission | The Life Lab, located in OMSI's Life Science Hall is a place of continual change, where exhibits, experiments and the public meet in a more intimate way than in the Halls. The Lab includes a large collection of live animals and a young children's table with lots of fun activities and experiments to allow our younger visitors to explore the life sciences.


Plus! We're highlighting genomics to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. Designed in collaboration with OHSU and PSU, weekend activities include: 

Meet a Scientist: Get a glimpse into the work of real scientists focused on genomics, and ask them questions! (Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12)

Phylogeny Tree: Use physical evidence to compare relationships among organisms to understand how additional evidence, such as DNA, can change our understanding of how organisms are related. 

DNA Bracelets: Create a DNA bracelet while learning about genomics studies on cancer and mutations, including work at OHSU and PSU. 

Pipette Painting: Learn about the importance of measurements and scale in genomic studies by using a micropipette with paints on a dot painting canvas. 

LEGO Protein: Challenge yourself to build proteins out of LEGOS to find out how DNA code leads to a functional protein and what happens when things go wrong.

Electrophoresis:  Walk through the process of dingin patterns in DNS with the actual equipment. 

Chemistry Lab

Included in General Admission | The Chemistry Lab offers a wide variety of hands-on experiments and activities, and gives visitors the opportunity to safely mix, measure, and pour chemicals. The Chem Lab website is also the home of Experiencing Chemistry, a unique online resource for chemistry curriculum and engaging experiments.

Physics Lab

Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.

Watershed Lab

Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.

Paleontology Lab

Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.

Technology Lab

Included in General Admission | The Vernier Technology Lab features engaging, in-depth units on different aspects of technology, including Security, Biomedical, Robots and Computers, Communications, and Household Technology. The units rotate frequently, so that every time you visit OMSI you'll find something new to do in the lab!