Starry Nights Live!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI space science educator.
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
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced sing sing). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky?
When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu "travel" to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. For example, they can't fly a kite there because there is no wind. The fuzzy friends then excitedly realize that children like to fly kites in both China and the United States!
National Parks Adventure | 3D
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.
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Journey To Space | 3D
A celebration of space exploration, Journey to Space is a tribute to international cooperation in space research and a vision toward our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit – a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Beautifully and inspiringly chronicling our history in space – including the shuttle program, MIR, the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope – Journey to Space recognizes these milestones in the context of our future in the cosmos, what we’ve learned, and how to apply this knowledge to deep space missions. The film takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next 20 years, culminating in a virtual voyage to the Red Planet. Dazzling and meticulous computer imagery depicts the new machines that will soon enter into our lexicon – Orion, Olympus, SLS rockets – spacecraft, habitats, landers, and vehicles necessary to achieve interplanetary travel, touchdown and colonization.
Journey to Space taps into the same human fervor and fascination that makes science fiction so popular, our unquenchable drive to explore and discover what lies beyond. This film, though, is not fiction. Mars is the next step in what will be an unending human odyssey to explore the cosmos. Journey to Space is about the next chapter, a vision certain to inspire today’s young explorers and dreamers. It is time to take the next great leap into space. It is time for our species, in the words of Carl Sagan, to “set sail across the cosmic ocean.” Next stop… Mars!
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Presented by Toyota and Boeing, Journey to Space is an immersive film produced by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films in association with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. Additional production support and consultation was provided by The Smithsonian Institute, The Kennedy Space Center, the California Science Center and NASA.
OMSI's presentation of Journey to Space is supported by the Portland Metro Toyota Dealers Association.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean | 3D
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Oceanintroduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Science Pub Hillsboro: Science of Baking
Lift: The Science and Sometimes Surprising History of Leavening Agents
With Sue Queisser, Owner, Food Scientist and Chief Baker at Melarova Baking
Doors Open at 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Did you know that some of the earliest leavening agents were derived from antlers, ashes or even urine? Ever wonder what exactly is the difference between baking soda and powder and how much to use? Have you been disappointed to follow a recipe exactly only to have your cake collapse? What is yeast exactly and how does it work together with flour and water to make that glorious thing riddled with holes called bread? Why does your soufflé collapse before coming out of the oven?
Come find out not only how all the various products we use to bring our culinary wonders to lofty heights function but also the interesting stories behind their origins. You’ll learn lots of useful troubleshooting tips along the way, too, that will help you achieve optimal results in the kitchen.
Sue Queisser, who owns and runs Melarova Baking in Corvallis, has traveled an interesting career and educational path. At 18 she headed off to art school and got a degree in Printmaking with a minor in Italian (drawing on limestone is very unmarketable, by the way) and quickly headed back to school to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She worked as a process engineer at Hewlett-Packard and loved it - figuring out the best way to make anything is an obsession of hers. After a stint as a stay home mom she got a Food Science degree so she could do process with food – her true passion. She worked at several Willamette Valley food companies before going insane and starting her own business. It’s probably safe to say, her talks reflect the myriad way her mind works!
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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.
Tues-Fri | 1:30-5:30PM
Sat | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Sun & Mon (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
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!
Tues, Fri | 1:30-5:00PM
Wed, Sat | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Thurs, Sun, & Mon (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
OMSI After Dark:Brewfest
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or taste how an extra 10% cacao can make a difference in chocolate.
All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
21+ Only | ID's Required
Science is brewing! Don’t just drink beer, learn beer! At our 6th annual brewfest, sample beers from local breweries while learning how beer is made, how to grow hops and enjoy some fun beer tricks while you're at it!
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
OMSI After Dark + Brewfest admission: $30/non-members, $20/OMSI Members and $10/OMSI After Dark Members. Admission includes OMSI After Dark admission, souvenir pint glass and 8 tasting tokens.
OMSI After Dark Only admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI members, and FREE for OMSI After Dark Members. Admission includes OMSI After Dark only, tasting not allowed.
Imploding Cans | Crush a can, not with your forehead, but with science!
Microbrew Under the Microscope | Take an up close look at commonly used ingredients for making beer including yeast, grain, hops, and more.
Hooked on Hops | What are hops and what exactly is a hoppy beer anyway? Take a wiff while you learn.
Beer Goggles | Visitors will try to complete various activities including a field sobriety test and miniature golf while wearing beer goggles.
Home Brewed Root Beer/Ginger Beer @ 6:45, 7:45 & 8:45PM | Homebrew for those with a sweet tooth.
Starch Breakdown | What’s the deal with malted barley and how is it used in the brewing process? Let’s run some tests to find out.
Mead Making I A Modern Approach to an Ancient Craft
Base Camp Brewing Co
Fat Head's Brewery
Full Sail Brewing
Ground Breaker Brewing
Mead Market/Bee Thinking
Sasquatch Brewing Co
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Zoiglhaus Brewing Company
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Star Trek Beyond
The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) helmed this latest installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009.
"It's not just a blast but, at moments, a thing of beauty, alive to the comic awesomeness of being lost in space." Anthony Lane, New Yorker
Duration: 122 mins. | Rating: PG-13