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)
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
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.
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.
Back In Time - Huey Lewis
New Sensations - INXS
Hot, Hot, Hot - Buster Poindexter
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Future's So Bright - Timbuk 3
Weird Science - Oingo Boingo
Roam - B-52s
Love Cats - The Cure
Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Major Tome - Peter Shilling
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
People are People - Depeche Mode
Fight For Your Right to Party - Beastie Boys
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
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
Dream Big | 3D
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World transforms how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.
With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.
Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Movement in the Museum: Physics and Force
Movement in the Museum is a new class series that explores principles of science in the actions and sensations of our moving bodies. Each class kicks off with a hands-on science activity or demonstration to explore the evening’s topic, a 1-hour dance or yoga class, and a 15-minute discussion. No previous dance or yoga experience is required. Open to ages 12 and over.
February 21 | 6-8 PM
Tickets: $15 (OMSI Members receive 15% off)
Physics and Force: Popping Basics with Donna Oefinger
Popping is a style of dance within Hip Hop that is based on a technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause the dancer’s body to “pop” and create sharp, defined, angular movements. In this class we’ll learn about the science of kinetic force in the physics lab and then practice putting that science to use as we learn the basics of popping.
Questions call 503-797-4529 or email@example.com.
FYI - This class was rescheduled from Jan 10 to Feb 21.
Science Pub Portland: Forest Restoration
How 3D Glasses and Photos from the 1930s are Making Forests Healthier
With Kerry Metlen, Forest Ecologist at The Nature Conservancy
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The safety of both nature and human health are at risk of uncharacteristically severe wildfires across the west. Climate change is increasing the likelihood and severity of wildfires while simultaneously making them more difficult to control. Fortunately, there is much that we can do to change the effects of fire in the forest, thereby protecting communities and nature. To this end, communities, conservation organizations and businesses have come together to approach forest restoration with a new, collaborative approach to protect the lands and waters on which they depend.
In southwestern Oregon, plants grow fast and the summers are dry, an ideal recipe for fire. Historically, a mix of nature’s ignitions and fires set by Native Americans maintained a resilient forested landscape, with open areas between larger trees. More than a century of extractive timber harvest and aggressive fire suppression tactics have resulted in a landscape that is unnaturally dense and prone to uncharacteristically severe fire.
In the Ashland watershed, The Nature Conservancy is demonstrating a nationally recognized model for collaborative forest restoration, working jointly with the City of Ashland, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and the US Forest Service to apply the best forest science to work on the ground. Using a variety of information, including historic aerial photographs, thorough data about fire frequency, dendrochronology, and forensic forestry, the Conservancy and its partners are restoring the beautiful forests above Ashland to thrive by protecting certain areas of closed forest, then opening up the canopy and reintroducing controlled burns.
Come learn about this science and how it is protecting drinking water, community, recreation, and abundant wildlife in this iconic landscape.
A Forest Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy since 2010, Kerry is a core member of several collaborative technical working groups, coordinates multiparty monitoring for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, conducts research on reference forest conditions in mixed conifer/hardwood forests, and supports TNC in Oregon’s Forest Team. Kerry grew up in Cove, Oregon and earned a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Oregon University in 1994. He earned an M.S. from the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation in 2002 while working as part of the Fire and Fire Surrogates project to understand understory responses to forest thinning and fire. His dissertation work at the Division of Biological Sciences, also at UM, focused on interactions among native and exotic plant species and their implications for exotic plant invasion. Kerry is fascinated by applying fundamental ecological principles to the applied questions surrounding forest restoration.
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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Studio Ghibli Encore Screening
Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke the box office record on its original release in Japan.
While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke a force of nature – with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.
Duration: 134 mins. | Rating: PG-13 | Presented Feb. 18 & Feb. 20 in Japanese with English subtitles and Feb. 21 & Feb. 22 dubbed in English
The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Encore Screenings run February 17 through February 22. 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.
From the soaring and breathtaking cliffs of Norway to the calm and inspiring immensity of the Mojave Desert, from a child's daunting first day of school to the exciting world of skydiving and base jumping, Adrenaline Rush explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk taking and the physics involved in high-risk activities.
Adrenaline Rush examines why the human mind and body crave danger as viewers experience breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys and a 4,265-foot jump from a legendary Norwegian cliff. The film also follows skydivers as they prepare to undertake a unique scientific experiment: trying to fly the parachute imagined in 1485 by Leonardo da Vinci, the first parachute design ever recorded.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: Ages 8+