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!
National Parks Adventure
Explore the wilds of America in this new giant-screen film as big as the outdoors!
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.
A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. Major support provided by the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
Local support for National Parks Adventure provided by Airstream Adventures Northwest.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia stars the voice talents of Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jason Bateman.
"Zootopia is one of my favorite animated movies. Not one of my favorite animated movies of the last year or two, or of the last decade, or in recent memory. It's one of my favorite animated movies, period." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 108 mins. | Rating: PG
Laser Def Leppard
Let's Get Rocked
Bringing on the heartbreak
I Wanna Touch You
Let it Go
Tear it Down
Rock of Ages
Duration: 45 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Laser Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Song List includes:
Speak to Me
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Duration: 45 mins.
Included in General Admission | Details coming soon!
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.
Travel to fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and uncover the fascinating secrets of this amazing place. Learn how spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it follows the efforts of the First Order, a group that is the successor to the Galactic Empire, to eliminate Luke Skywalker and the New Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke's twin sister, General Leia Organa, opposes the First Order while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
"It's everything the kid in us goes to the movies for -- marvelous adventure that leaves us surprised, scared and euphoric." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Duration: 136 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | 3D
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
"Dawn of Justice is a dark-palette feast for the eyes, with some memorable set pieces, just the right amount of dark humor, strong performances and so many inside references and hints of characters and films to come there could be an entire day of Comic-Con panels just about the spoilers and the teasers...When it sings, Dawn of Justice is a wonder." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 151 mins. | Rating: PG-13
View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
Science Pub Portland: Earthquakes
Yes, Humans Really Are Causing Earthquakes
With Justin L. Rubinstein, PhD, Research Geophysicist and Deputy Chief - Induced Seismicity Project at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions around the country, with the lion’s share in Oklahoma. In 2014 there were more magnitude 3 and larger earthquakes in Oklahoma than there were in California. The increased earthquake activity is limited to areas of new and emerging oil and gas production and is undoubtedly caused by some of the techniques they use.
With a focus on oil and gas production and related techniques, I will discuss the many ways that humans can cause earthquakes. In the case of fluid injection, the primary source of the recent increase in earthquake rate, the fluid pressure increase from injection can be transferred many miles from the injection point. This fluid-pressure increase, in effect, lubricates the faults, making them more prone to slipping in earthquakes.
Recent research shows that the rate at which injection occurs strongly influences whether earthquakes will be induced. Areas with higher injection rates are more likely to have induced earthquakes. Other parameters, like the total volume injected and the depth of injection, are also believed to affect the likelihood of induced earthquakes. Additionally, local geological conditions are important. Despite similar injection practices, there is very little injection-induced seismicity in North Dakota in stark contrast to Oklahoma.
Given that these earthquakes are human-caused, there is hope that they can be minimized or even stopped. Slowing or stopping injection, changing injection depths, or trucking fluids to other locations have all been suggested as ways to curb induced seismicity. Regulators in a number of states have taken notice of the increased seismicity and are taking action to reduce the likelihood of damaging temblors. With future research to improve our understanding of fluid-injection induced earthquakes, we may be able to reduce their likelihood, something that is not possible for natural earthquakes. To accomplish this, though, it will require cooperation between all the stakeholders, including academic scientists, regulators, and the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Justin Rubinstein is a seismologist and Deputy Chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. His research focuses on the ongoing surge of seismicity in the central United States and its relationship to oil and gas operations. This work includes developing methods to estimate the likelihood of earthquakes induced by oil and gas operations and field studies of seismicity in the Raton Basin (southern Colorado and northern New Mexico) and the Mississippi Lime Play (southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma). Dr. Rubinstein has worked on many topics related to earthquakes including: earthquake forecasting, controls on earthquake ground shaking, and causes of damage in the 1994 Northridge earthquake near Los Angeles. Rubinstein received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Master’s and Doctorate from Stanford University.
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$2 Days at OMSI
$2 Days at OMSI
Explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.