Electricity & Magnetism
Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.
One ticket, per person.
Opera on Screen: Boris Godunov
Portland Opera and OMSI are collaborating to present our second season of Opera on Screen, a series of film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera, with a special introduction by a Portland Opera staff member.
Mussorgsky’s masterpiece concerns a Russian czar who is haunted by the political assassination through which he came to rule. As his enemies gather strength and his world crumbles around him, Boris desperately tries to cling to his throne and to his sanity. The title role is the most challenging and rewarding bass role in the repertory; here it features celebrated American basso Samuel Ramey. The opera is sung in Russian with English subtitles.
Duration: 160 mins. | Intermission: 15 mins. | Rating: Ages 13+
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Science Pub Portland: Arctic Change
With Zachary Brown, PhD, founding director of the Inian Island Institute
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Join climate scientist Zach Brown as he describes his research in the High Arctic. Through photos and stories, he will share the experience of climbing aboard an icebreaking vessel for weeks in the 24-hour daylight and frigid temperatures of the polar seas. Zach will also delve into what his team has learned: the way that changes in sea ice are affecting the biological realm of this harsh and remote region of the planet – as well as inviting controversial industrial expansion.
Zach will also share his current work: creating an institute for education and research at a remote and beautiful homestead in his homeland of Alaska. To spread word of this effort, last summer after completing his PhD, he set off on a 4-month, 2,300-mile trek from Stanford University to Southeast Alaska, traveling solo on foot and by kayak.
Zach Brown grew up surrounded by the wilderness of Southeast Alaska. With parents in the National Park Service, Zach had ample opportunity as a boy to explore Glacier Bay and the Tongass National Forest, experiences that gave him a lasting love of the natural world.
Attending college in Southern California, Zach studied chemistry and biology. When the opportunity came to travel to the Arctic, his life changed forever. Zach spent a field season in the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, observing how seabirds are responding to a changing climate. This unforgettable experience led Zach to pursue a PhD at Stanford University, where he continued to study how changing sea ice affects the marine biological communities of the polar regions, especially the phytoplankton that form the first link of the food chain. During his time at Stanford, Zach was thrilled to undertake multiple research expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Now back in his hometown of Gustavus, he is working as director of Inian Islands Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, and community in Southeast Alaska.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.
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Doors Open @ 5:30PM | 21+ Only | ID's Required
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, Ryan Morgan, 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!
Please Note: No dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
SAMPLE MENU ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS GAMES
Yogurt, Mint, Snap Peas, Grape Nuts
Asparagus, Soft Boiled Egg, Smoked Oil, Lemon
Tortilla Chip, Chocolate, Chipotle
Potato Salad, Fried Capers
Fried Tofu, Cucumber Tseukemono, Fish Sauce
Kale, Preserved Lemon, Caesar, Bread Crumbs
Poached Pear, Pickled Jalapeno, Popcorn
Brioche Crostini, Pickled Raisin, Peanut Butter
Fried Cauliflower, Buffalo Sauce, Blue Cheese
Grilled Watermelon, Basil, Reduced Balsamic
Voyagers Without Trace: Grand Premiere
Join us for the Grand Premiere of Voyagers Without Trace presented by OMSI and NW Documentary. The evening will include a live musical performance by Jenny Conlee, of the Decemberists, a special introduction by the Director, Ian McCluskey, and a post-film reception.
Cocktail attire encouraged.
Voyagers Without Trace is the newest and largest film release by NW Documentary. This 80-minute documentary feature film tells the captivating story of a lost historic adventure of three French explorers who came to the American West in the 1930s to first kayak the Colorado River, which in turn leads local film director, Ian McCluskey, on a quest to retrace their steps and uncover the story of the “voyagers without trace.”
Art of Science: Mask Making
Included in General Admission | Design and wear a playful paper mask just in time for Halloween!
Astronomy From The Ground Up
What’s in outer space? What tools do space scientists use to explore beyond our world? This lab explores ideas about astronomy, planetary science, and how scientists explore the universe.
Hack Oregon Demo Night
After nearly six months of data-sleuthing, creative hustle, and late nights of coding at OMSI…. the fruits of their labor will all be revealed.
Hack Oregon is launching five open source projects to improve the quality of civic life and bring a big-data perspective to big issues in right here in Oregon. Every project was lovingly built by committed volunteer focus teams from the community. Meet the teams and vote for your favorite for a bit of friendly competition on demo night.
The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Here's a sneak peek of the launch lineup:
Oregon is one of the richest growing regions on the planet, and we’re known for exporting some of the highest quality crops and commodities all over the world—but what are we getting in exchange for our resources? Learn more about what we’re growing across our state, and what we’re buying and bringing in. How do factors like seasonality, soil quality, market demand, and subsidies affect the vitality of our landscape, agribusiness, and the sustainability of our crops?
Theme: Job Economy
Next session, our state legislature will debate a minimum wage increase in Oregon—but how can we understand the effect of raising the minimum wage across a spectrum of different dollar amount increases? What would this mean for families and regions with different costs of living across Oregon? We’re putting the power in your hands to balance multiple factors and imagine what you would do if you were a legislator.
In 2011, Oregon made a strong commitment to achievement in statewide education. The 40-40-100 Goal aims to have 40% of Oregonians to receive bachelor degree or higher, 40% to have an associate or vocational degree, and 100% high school graduation by the year 2025. We’ll take a data-driven look at the student journey navigating enrollment to degree attainment, and check in to see how Oregon is doing in relationship to our goal.
Theme: Urban Development
It’s no secret that Portland is going through a period of incredible urban growth, and many feel like the decisions that are being made today will impact our city for decades to come. It’s also no secret that this issue has many different points of view and not everyone sees the information the same way. We’ve pulled together datasets on all things Urban Development, current and historic, and put them at your fingertips to explore trends, keep track of current activity, and tell your own story.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Theme: Campaign Finance
Even though campaign finance has some of the most strict regulations around transparency and reporting, for many of us, the way influence works in politics seems like a total mystery. Well, not anymore. We’ve opened up everything from school board to senate races to show patterns in relationships, timing, movement in money, and exactly how much your vote is worth (and what you can do to be immune to campaign media).
Hack Oregon is a community-powered non-profit building civic data projects to promote engagement, awareness, and quality of life. Their offices are currently located at OMSI.
Science Pub Hillsboro: Seismology in Antarctica
With Doug Wiens, PhD Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
$5 Suggested Donation
Details coming soon!
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Reel Science: The Fly Room
With Sean Speese, Assistant Professor, OHSU, Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research and Alexis Gambis, Writer & Director
Doors Open @ 6:15PM
6:30-7:30PM | Lecture and Q&A: The History of Fly Genetics plus a special intro by the Film Director
7:30PM | Movie (Duration: 83 mins. | Rating: PG-13)
ABOUT THE FILM
Young Betsey is forced to spend the day with her father in his laboratory, the Fly Room, where scientists study fruit flies, unlocking the laws of heredity that later became the foundation of modern genetics. While at first she feels closer to him than she ever has, she ultimately discovers secrets about him that will transform their relationship forever.
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
OMSI After Dark: Spirits
21+ Only | ID's Required
Ghosts, goblins, and whiskey, oh my! Get in the spirit and celebrate Halloween at OMSI After Dark - costumes encouraged! Taste the difference between grain and potato vodka while local distilleries share the secrets of their craft at our 4th annual spirits tasting.
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
Spirits Tasting packages are $25/non-members, $15 /OMSI members, and $5/OMSI After Dark Members. Package includes souvenir shot glass, 8 tasting tokens, and admission to OMSI After Dark. Guests can also purchase OMSI After Dark only admission (spirits tasting not included) for $13/non-members, $6.50/OMSI members, and free for OMSI After Dark Members.
Drunk Goggles | These goggles simulate different levels of impairment. Drive a remote controlled car and walk the line.
Bar Bet Brain Teasers | How can you use scientific principles like Newton’s laws of motion, fluid dynamics, Bernoulli's Principle, and hydrogen bonding to trick your friends into paying for your drink? It’s easy if you know the answer.
Molecular Mixology | Make a mini modernist cocktail that excites through surprising combinations of taste, form, and texture.
Shaken vs Stirred | Was James Bond onto something? How does shaking a drink affect the water and alcohol content? Find out and explore a few properties of alcohol along the way!
6:45 & 7:45PM | AWOL Dance Collective: Mingling the worlds of dance and aerial, AWOL ignites a wonder and curiosity of what can happen when a human body takes flight.
6-9:30PM | Arcane Archeology Game: Professor Bölvun has gone missing. Only his journal, a series of strange artifacts, and his colleagues remain to shed light on his whereabouts. Game design by Robert LaCosse. In order to play the game, please sign up at the registration table.
8PM | The Science of One Night Stands on studies in humans (and animals!) about the acute effects of alcohol on social behavior and bonding. with Caroline Hostetler, PhD, Senior Research Associate, OHSU.
9PM | The Curse of Macbeth: Fact or Fiction with Cindy Brown, Author of the Ivy Meadows Mysteries.
Booda Hot Sauce
Clutch Coffee Roasters
Fort George Brewery
Marshall’s Haute Sauce
The Dessert Tray
Wandering Aengus Cider
4 Spirits Distillery
Bull Run Distillery
Clear Creek distillery
Hood River Distillers
New Deal Distillery
Pok Pok Som
Wild Roots Vodka
Ye Ol Grog
Sponsorship for OMSI After Dark: Spirits is provided by Klarquist®.
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Included in General Admission | The lights are out in Science Playground’s Discovery Lab and we’ll be exploring the concepts of color and light all day. Join us for activities that glow, fluoresce, and cast shadows.