Vernier Design Lab
Included in General Admission | The Vernier Design 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)
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.
Tues-Thurs | 1:30-5:00PM
Sun | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Saturday and Monday (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
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.
That 80s Laser Show
Flashback to the time when neon spandex, acid washed jeans, and mullets were totally radical dude! There's no better way to relive the biggest hits of the 1980's than in spectacular laser light.
ASTRONAUT takes you from Earth into space... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. Note: Show has motions that may cause some viewers to feel dizzy.
Duration: 24 mins. | Rating: Grades 4 and up
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean
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 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
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.
The film opens in 1926 -- seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school -- as wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander (Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, Scamander might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
"A thoroughly satisfying, wildly entertaining and highly enjoyable ride from the very beginning to the very end." Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Duration: 133 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Doors Open @ 5:30PM | Game Begins at 6PM
Test your mouth-mind connection. A program started by Ecotrust and Edible Portland, Blind-Tasting Bingo at OMSI is a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In the game, Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Kit Zhu, will present 14 distinct bites that players taste with their eyes covered, seeking to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will take home fun prizes!
Tickets are $25pp. Advance ticket purchases are required, no tickets will be sold at the door due to food ordering processes. No refunds less than 24 hours prior to the event.
Please Note: No dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
PLEASE NOTE: The Jan 17 screening has been rescheduled due to forecasts of inclement weather to Tuesday, Jan 24 at 8:00pm. Tickets for the Jan 17 show will be honored at the Jan 24 screening or may be exchanged at the box office for the Jan 22 show pending availability. Please call 503-797-4000 with any questions.
Technically not a Studio Ghibli film as it was released a year prior to the studio's founding, Nausicaä is considered by many to be Hayao Miyazaki's masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.
Like most Miyazaki films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, his animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. Once the hallucinogenic strangeness of shape and color has been accepted, there is light, growth and life everywhere. Huge dragonfly-like creatures are accompanied by wonderful, evocative sounds of flight and movement. The lethal fungus plants glow, shimmer and shed spores like silent gleaming snowfalls. This is a film not to be missed.
Duration: 116 mins. | Rating: PG | Presented Jan. 17 & Jan. 22 in Japanese with English subtitles
The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Retrospective runs January 12 through January 22 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.
Included in General Admission | Located in the Science Playground, the Discovery Lab offers a variety of creative, hands-on activities exclusively for children ages 0-6. Our Art of Science table activity changes weekly and may change without previous notice.
Wed-Sun | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Mon & Tues (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Please call 503.239.7841 for most up-to-date information on Science Playground and Discovery Lab activities.
Doctor Strange | 3D
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Marvel Studios Doctor Strange also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
"It's not all that strange, but it's restlessly arresting and always technically impressive. Unlike most studio franchise fantasies, Doctor Strange rewards the eye rather than assaults it." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Duration: 130 mins. | Rating: PG-13