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!
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.
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: Ages 8+
Laser Holiday Magic
It's the holiday season at OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. This highly popular program features a mix of everyone's favorite holiday music, and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lights."
Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller
Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) - Tchaikovsky
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Duration: TBA | Rating: All Ages
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations. Travel through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?
Duration: 25 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Great White Shark
Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white's place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film concentrates on key global aggregation points, examining what we know about these incredible animals through the eyes of researchers whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this small piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make Jerusalem a unique and stunning cinematic experience.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Food Science Demos
Included in General Admission | Located in the entrance to Theory, Food Science Demos feature hands-on activities and experiments all about the science behind the food we eat. Visitors can test foods for protein, learn how much sugar is in certain drinks, test soil pH for planting vegetables, put together a map of Oregon agriculture and much, much more!
OMSI After Dark: Sounds of Science
21+ Only | ID's Required
OMSI After Dark gets musical! Discover the difference between discord and harmony as OMSI breaks down the science of music.
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 admission: $13/non-members, $6.50/OMSI members, and FREE for OMSI After Dark Members
Science on Stage | 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.
What’s The Frequency? | Do you know the range of frequencies the average human can hear? Test your ears and find out how they stack up.
Oobleck Monster | See what curious forms a sub woofer can coax from Oobleck-the non-Newtonian fluid!
Singing Gummy Bears | Well, maybe more of a blood curdling shriek...
Astounding Resonance | Sound is a very powerful force if you know how to use it.
Space Sounds | In space, no one can hear you scream. True or False? Let's find out.
5PM I Kira Lesley: A storyteller rooted in folk and country tradition but blooming in the present, Kira's music rests on strong melodies, lyrics and vocals. The songs address universal experiences of struggle, pain, redemption and joy. She will perform a mix of originals, covers and traditionals, and will also throw in a healthy dose of humor! Website: www.kiralesley.com.
7 & 8PM | Dance Lessons with Cameron Martinez, Professional Dance Instructor in the Auditorium. Grab a date and come learn some basic partner dances to get you grooving at tonight’s OMSI After Dark.
7-9PM | Laser Harp Demonstration & Performance with the Artists in the Featured Exhibit
7PM I Swingtown Vipers: The Swingtown Vipers are a raucous swing/jazz quintet featuring members of the local swing and gypsy jazz scenes. Specializing in original and vintage swing vice-laden tunes of the 20s-50s. With hot danceable tunes like "If You's a Viper", "Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine", "Reefer Man", etc. it's hot vocal swing with a gypsy jazz twist! Website: http://www.swingtownvipers.com/.
7PM | Spirit of 206: We are your friends and neighbors; we are fiercely independent and engaged in our community. We help others help themselves, and lend a hand or loan a tool to those in need. We believe that music is an inclusive social experience to be shared and enjoyed by all. Our Northwestern style of music invites you to tap your toes, sing along, cut a rug, or just sit back and enjoy. We are The Spirit of 206 (that’s short for 97206) we play music of people, for the people, and by the people, embodying the true spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Carpe Portland! Website: https://www.facebook.com/spiritof206/
7:30PM I John Rankin: John Rankin is a songwriter who has been on a steady musical journey. Winner of the WestCoast Songwriter Best Performance of the Year (Portland), he was chosen and mentored by John Legend earlier this year, and opened for him at SXSW. For this special evening, John will perform a solo set of original songs with violin, guitar, voice and loop pedal, best described as acoustic / rhythmic / soul, in a style similar to Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, and Otis Redding. For more information about John, including information on his upcoming debut album: http://johnrankinmusic.com.
8:30PM I Bridge City Breakdown: Pop rock cover band that covers radio hits from the 80s up to today with a slightly harder twist. Website: https://www.facebook.com/Bridgecitybreakdown.
8:30PM | pseudoboss: Hearkening back to the days when guitars were loud, drums were heavy, and vocals were howling, pseudoboss is an original rock trio born 30 years too late. After retrofitting the lineup in late 2014, pseudoboss is primed for big things in Winter 2015 as they prepare to release their first full length album January 9th at the Wonder Ballroom. Hard-driving and emotive, dynamic and stirring, pseudoboss hopes to gain the respect of their peers while entertaining a broad spectrum of generations. Website: http://pseudoboss.rocks/.
6:15PM | Physics of Rock n’ Roll with Stan Micklavzina: The Guitar and Physics Rocks the World! A well-paced presentation displays how Rock 'n Roll and modern day music concerts are a culmination of physics demonstrations presented to the public. 2015 is The International Year of Light, and what is a modern day concert without the physics of light being applied to the whole mix. Stanley Micklavzina from The University of Oregon, along with a special musical guest, presents a 2 part presentation, the Physics within the sound and lights of Rock 'n Roll.
7:45PM | Every Brain Needs Music with Larry Sherman, PhD, musical neuroscientist at OHSU. Did you ever wonder why you love (or don’t love) music? Or how the brain recognizes music? Or if music can help the brain develop or improve healthy brain aging? Dr. Sherman, offers answers to these questions as well as insights into some of the most exciting brain research in recent years.
9PM | Capturing Sound - A History of Microphones and How They Work with Philip Graham, proprieter, Ear Trumpet Labs. The use of the microphone to transform acoustic sound into electronic form profoundly changed how we experience music. Walk through the different designs of microphones from both an engineering and artistic perspective with a modern-day microphone designer and builder.
- Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
- Beam Suntory
- Brad’s Bread
- DJ’s Food & Gifts
- Fat Head’s Brewery
- Fatdog Mustard
- Nothing Bundt Cakes
- NW Elixirs
- Pinkleton’s Caramel Corn
- Pok Pok Som
- Wandering Aengus
- Ear Trumpet Labs
- Mark Simmons Instruments
- Oregon Symphony
- Rock Band with Ground Kontrol
- Youth Music Project
Sponsorship for OMSI After Dark: Sounds of Science is provided by Klarquist®.
Questions? Call 503.797.4642 or email email@example.com.
Ticketing questions call 503.797.4634
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.
Art of Science: Paper Chains
Included in General Admission | Practice patternmaking and using your fine motor skills during this festive craft activity.
Disney Pixar present an inventive animated film that takes you on a journey from the Inside Out to discover the emotional roller coaster inside your head. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
"Inside Out [is] a bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure that deserves an Academy Award© nomination for best picture." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
Duration: 102 mins. | Rating: PG