Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
Included in General Admission | Immerse yourself in a high-tech and interactive environment that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science! Explore the human genome and the role genomics plays in life, from the fascinating diversity of living things to the archaeological and fossil evidence that is helping answer questions about human ancestry. Plus, learn how the future of genomic medicine is changing the ways we combat genetic illnesses, personalize healthcare, and even stop deadly epidemics.
Appropriate for ages five and older, cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos bring the topic to life, examining both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society.
And we're not stopping at the exhibition. From crafting DNA bracelets to Reel Science presentations, additional programming this fall will help inspire audiences and further their understanding of genomic science and the profound impact it has on our everyday lives. What can you expect?
Life Lab: Activities and Meet a Scientist
Hosting Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is done in collaboration with Portland State University (PSU) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is an exhibit developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health's National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North.
GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World
Included in General Admission | Get ready to rock this Fall! From electrifying live performances to cool artifacts, we're giving musicians and music lovers alike a backstage pass to the science behind your favorite music.
Featuring Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum, the season of music science explores the cultural and physical history of the guitar—from lutes and ouds to modern high-tech instruments—and how the instrument became the cultural icon it is today. You can even climb aboard and play the nearly 44-foot long guitar—the largest in the world!
“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” according to HP Newquist, the executive director and founder of the National GUITAR Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. This Exhibition is a celebration of all that, and more.”
What else is happening? We've got a live stage show that'll make you think about sound like never before with the help of musical Tesla coils, water goblets and even a propane-powered Ruben’s Tube. Then try you can try your hand at making music by breaking the beams of the Laser Harp, trying out your music mixing skills on touchscreens, collaborate on sound machines, and even “see” sound with an LED piano.
OMSI’s season of music science runs through January 10, 2016. Get ready to make some noise!
A View From Space
Included in General Admission | Since the launch of the world's first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space gives museum visitors a chance to see the world from a satellite's perspective. In this highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, visitors will be able to track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study astonishing images of our planet captured by NASA's Earth Observing System, and more!
Amazing Feats of Aging
Included in General Admission | Step right up and see the Amazing Feats of Aging! Explore the mysteries of why and how animals, including humans, age. Look into the future as you watch your face age up to 25 years. See how scientists can double the life span of certain ... animal species and consider what that means to us. All this and more awaits you.
Beginning the Journey
Included in General Admission | OMSI has one of the largest displays of human fetuses open to the public. Examine the different stages of human fetal development during all nine months of pregnancy.
Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices
Included in General Admission | Small, sustainable actions make a big impact when adopted by the hundreds, thousands, or even the hundreds of thousands! Opening in the museum’s revamped Earth Hall, Clever Together encourages guests to weigh the environmental, economic and social impacts of their choices. It features engaging interactive displays centered on topics such as food, transportation, product consumption, and energy use. Visitors are invited to use “human power” to take a virtual walk or bike-ride through familiar places in the Portland metro region, employ smart sorting tactics to divert waste from landfills, and find ways to save energy in a funky room furnished with everyday home appliances and personal electronics.
Included in General Admission | Located in the Science Playground, the Discovery Lab offers a variety of creative, hands-on activities for little ones every day. Make our popular Flubber and Playdough at home.
Included in General Admission | Drop, cover, and hold on in OMSI's newly renovated Earthquake House, where you can experience simulations of two earthquakes that happened in the Pacific Northwest—one a magnitude 5.6 and the other a 6.8! Find out how likely damage from natural disasters is to occur in your neighborhood using the new Natural Hazards in Portland computer kiosk. Print out and take home hazard information about your neighborhood and tips on preparing for such events.
Eat Well, Play Well
Included in General Admission | Explore nutrition and fitness in Eat Well, Play Well, a bilingual (English / Spanish) exhibition featuring fun, hands-on components. Nutrition and fitness education come together to encourage all-around healthy living for visitors of all ages!
Included in General Admission | Technology fills every day of our lives. At Innovation Station you can experience the excitement of invention as you explore technology in a whole new way. Then, get creative and invent something incredible yourself. Program a robot, build an aqueduct, or design your own flying machine. Step inside the Inventor's Ball Room and build your own crazy contraptions to send balls whizzing, flying, and bouncing!
Whether you choose to rocket through the galaxy, dive beneath the waves, or race through snow-capped mountains, an assortment of incredible adventures awaits in this multi-sensory ride experience.
Included in General Admission | OMSI’s newest exhibit, located in the Station L gallery on the mezzanine level of the Turbine Hall, creates a cohesive story around exploring different types of nano worlds. This temporary exhibit explores small stuff up close, encouraging visitors to take a creative approach in imagining how scientists can use electron microscopy now and into the future.
Sponsorship for the Nanoland exhibit is provided by FEI™.