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
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!
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
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.
The Polar Express
Weekend screenings now playing with daily screenings Dec 20-29 (excluding Christmas)
Also, be sure to visit OMSI's Gingerbread Adventures, free with museum admission!
Watch snowflakes float down the giant screen and feel the train rumble via 30,000 watts of digital surround sound when The Polar Express arrives at OMSI’s Empirical Theater this holiday season. Directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and starring two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, the film is based on the classic Caldecott award-wining children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg. Book your tickets now for this enchanting story of a young boy’s extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and his discovery that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Tickets are available online, by telephone (503-797-4000) or at the OMSI box office
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: G
How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop
Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to OMSI and learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread house. Put your tower on OMSI's shake table to see if it will survive “the Big One”?!
This workshop is suggested for ages 18+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.
Tickets are $25 per house; up to two people can work on each house.
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)
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)
Science Pub Portland: Genome Sequencing
¡Viva La Evolución! What Have We Learned 25 Years Into the Genomics Era?
With Sarah Schaack, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at Reed College
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
It’s been more than 25 years since the launch of the human genome sequencing project, and there are as many questions as before about the role of genotype for phenotype in biology. What does it really mean to “sequence the genome”? What do we learn from genome sequences? In this talk, we’ll explore the answers to these questions, both by exploring what is known about the human genome and examining other whole genome sequencing projects that now are routine undertakings in biology. What does the genome contain? Are there surprises? What do we know about the relationship between genes, traits, and genetic diseases? A portion of the talk will be focused on a few genome sequencing projects we’ve spearheaded as examples of how we explore the genome to answer old questions, and to generate new ones.
Sarah Schaack is an associate professor of biology at Reed College. Previously, Sarah has given Science Pub lectures on the rampant movement of promiscuous DNA within and between genomes and explored some of the factors influencing the evolution of genome size. Her research focuses on spontaneous mutations, mobile DNA, and genome evolution and her work has appeared in the many of the top journals in genetics and biology.
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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