OMSI After Dark

Date: April 29, 2015
Cost: $13 Non-Members, $6.50 Members, Free OAD Members Buy
Located at: OMSI Time: 6-10pm   Access: 21+ Only, ID Required

Man vs Machine. How will you fare at OMSI After Dark?

Try your hand at operating (and outsmarting) drones, robots and other high-tech gadgets.

Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Watch aerialists fly overhead and enjoy a pint of beer while learning about the science behind cars, explosions, and cider — there's a new theme every month. All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21+ crowd filled with food, drink, music, and science fun!

21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month.

Want to get a head start on the science fun? Drink up at happy hour starting at 5pm in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine. 

Tips for a Great Experience:

  • We recommend purchasing your ticket(s) online in advance
  • Carpooling is encouraged; parking is free for the event
  • Bring cash for bars (credit cards accepted in Theory)
  • Event begins at 6pm, but unless noted, all activities occur throughout the night

Contact: OMSI’s Events Team Call: 503.797.4642 Ticketing: 503.797.4000 Email:

Demonstrations & Activities

Chat Bots

How do you know you're talking  to a human? Try talking to a few different chat bots to see how they stack up.

Giant Straw

The longer a straw gets, the harder it is to use, but just how long is that? Let us test you vs some machines to find out.


In a classic test of man vs machine, how much can you withstand from our famous Magneto?

Spinning Chair

How can we control our angular momentum? learn some secrets useful from everything from figure skaters to space stations!


Friction can be a benefit or a problem. Come try our OMSI hovercraft to see how this machine can eliminate it.


Much of modern technology is dependent on these amazing materials, but just what is a superconductor? Fid out with the help of liquid nitrogen! 

Internet of Things Lecture with Sashi Kumar Penta, Intel

schedule tbd -  in the Planetarium
Internet of Things is the future. Many devices will be smart devices. You may want to control your garage door, light, fan, etc with your smart phone. How will your smart phone connect to your garage door? In this talk, Sashi Penta will present how IOT framework(s) can help connecting smart devices..

Meet Loki, the Humanoid Robot with Dave Shinsel

schedule tbd -  in the Empirical Theater
Four feet tall and 75 pounds, Loki is an interactive robot. He responds to commands, has conversations, and even tells jokes. Meet Loki and his creator, Dave Shinsel, and learn how he designed, built and programmed a humanoid robot..

Features & Shows

Contact Juggling

6:30 & 7:45 PM - Roaming

Pop & Lock Dancer

7:30 & 8:30PM on the Auditorium Stage
Flamebuoyant Productions presents the finest in circus-style entertainment. Founded from a need to play with fire, walk on stilts, climb on our friends,  fly through the air and share the love of movement arts, we bring the circus to you.

Themed Vendors

JumpWire Video
Pandion Multirotors
Robot Panda PDX
Roswell Flight Test Crew
Tonkin Fiat- Come see how many Portlanders we can fit in a Fiat.
Explore our current exhibition, MAZES
Challenge yourself and others to explore interactive mazes, come face–to–face with mystifying illusions, and solve mind-boggling puzzles!

Food & Drink

Happy Hour
5-6pm in Theory
Get a jump start on the fun with happy hour in Theory, a re-imagined museum eatery that reinvents the dining experience. Enjoy food and drink specials for one hour prior to OMSI After Dark.


OMSI's eatery, Theory, will be open from 5-9:30pm. Come see where food meets science and check out the delicious menu featuring pizza, salad, fries and more!

Beer and wine will be available at three bars throughout the museum and in Theory.

Upcoming OMSI After Dark Events

OMSI After Dark: Man vs. Machine
Wed. Apr. 29, 6-10pm at OMSI
How will you fare at OMSI After Dark?Try your hand at operating (and outsmarting) drones, robots an…
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OMSI After Dark: Wild Wild West
Wed. May. 27, 6-10pm at OMSI
It's the new frontier of science at OMSI After Dark.Bring your trusty sidekick and learn about the…
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OMSI After Dark: Bourbon & Bacon
Sat. Jun. 13, 7:30-11pm at OMSI
Bourbon & Bacon. Nosh your way through some of the best bourbon and food the Pacific Northwest h…
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OMSI After Dark: Cider & Seeds
Wed. Jun. 24, 7-11pm at OMSI
Grow your cider know-how at OMSI After Dark.Drink up as we toast the history, tradition, and scienc…
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OMSI After Dark: Science in the Fast Lane
Wed. Jul. 29, 7-11pm at OMSI
Satisfy your need for speed at OMSI After Dark.On your mark, get set, GO to OMSI as we pick up the…
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OMSI After Dark: Explosions!
Wed. Aug. 26, 7-11pm at OMSI
Things that make you go boom at OMSI After Dark!Explore all things explosive as we blow the lid off…
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OMSI After Dark: Brewfest
Wed. Sep. 30, 6-10pm at OMSI
Science is brewing at the 5th annual OMSI After Dark Brewfest.Don't just drink beer, learn beer! At…
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OMSI After Dark: Spirits
Wed. Oct. 28, 6-10pm at OMSI
Get in the spirit at OMSI After Dark.Ghosts, goblins, and whiskey, oh my! Get in the spirit and cel…
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OMSI After Dark: Sounds of Science
Wed. Dec. 2, 6-10pm at OMSI
OMSI After Dark gets musical.Discover the difference between discord and harmony as OMSI breaks dow…
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Science Store

Visit the OMSI Science StoreThe OMSI Science Store has the perfect mix of educational and entertaining gifts, games, and gadgets. Shop in the museum or online.
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Private Events

Looking to host your own event?

OMSI offers event space that can accommodate 12-2,500 people with sustainable food services provided by Bon Appétit. Our interactive exhibits and riverfront views makes OMSI your unique event destination.