National Parks Adventure
Explore the wilds of America in this new giant-screen film as big as the outdoors!
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.
A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. Major support provided by the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
Local support for National Parks Adventure provided by Airstream Adventures Northwest.
Included in General Admission | Details coming soon!
The Jungle Book (2016)
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.
The young Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), The Jungle Book's all-star cast of voices includes Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.
Duration: 111 mins. | Rating: PG
$2 Days at OMSI
$2 Days at OMSI
Explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.
Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics 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.
Prehistoric Planet: Walking with Dinosaurs
Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch on an extraordinary journey back in time to the Alaska of 70 million years ago. Through the latest in CGI technology, BBC Earth invites you to witness the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be presented on the Giant Screen.
The adventure begins with a herd of large, plant-eating dinosaurs – Pachyrhinosaurus. The film follows their youngsters through the seasons and the challenges of growing up and establishing themselves in this prehistoric world. From the moment they hatch, they face predators, extremes of weather and natural disasters as they fight for survival.
Huge bone beds, found in Alaska and Alberta, reveal that pachyrhinosaurs roamed in vast herds. They very likely undertook epic migrations and had complex social lives, just as animals in large herds do today. Following them on their migrations, we encounter various other species they likely met and interacted with, including the fierce Nanuqsaurus, the top predator of the day.
For this immersive Giant Screen experience, the bodies and movements of the different Cretaceous era species have been precisely recreated from the fossil evidence. Their behaviour is derived from both palaeontology and a detailed knowledge of the behaviour of modern animals, giving these animated creatures an amazing degree of realism.
With its ambitious CGI visuals, Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs reveals the story behind the lives of the dinosaurs and the challenges they faced during a constant battle of survival in the ancient world.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Space Junk | 3D
After half a century of space exploration we are now faced with what has long been a staple of science fiction – an orbiting junkyard of cast-off space debris. With media headlines periodically warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris – or "space junk" – has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big, and serious, is the problem?
Narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, Space Junk is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet's orbits. From the stunning depths of Arizona's Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits 22,000 miles above earth, the film offers dramatic visuals, both real and animated, to describe the threat of orbital debris.
Former NASA scientist and the "Father of Space Junk," Don Kessler reaches back to the beginning of our solar system for understanding and guides us through the challenges we face in protecting our orbits for the future. At risk is the future of space exploration and the safety of the extensive satellite network that powers our modern day communication systems. This visually explosive journey of discovery weighs the solutions aimed at restoring Earth's orbits.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
OMSI Band (Ages 0-6)
Included in General Admission | Please join us in the front of the hall to clap, sing, and dance to all your favorite tunes. The OMSI Band plays at 10:30AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
For ages 0-6
CANCELLED | Dark Day! (Ages 0-6)
UPDATE: July 7th & 8th Dark Days have been cancelled.
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.
For ages 0-6
Science Pub Portland: Mapping the Brain
Mapping the Brain in Living Color with "Brainbow"
With Tamily Weissman-Unni, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Lewis & Clark College
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
The brain is exquisitely organized and complex, with billions of cells forming trillions of precise connections that ultimately control behavior. Neuroscientists across the globe are racing to construct detailed maps of the brain, hoping to answer key questions about how the brain grows and forms during development, how it functions in adulthood, and how it deteriorates. One powerful approach to mapping connections in the brain is to use color – to identify individual cells with unique hues.
In this talk, Biology and Neuroscience Professor Tamily Weissman explains how color can be used to study the brain. She has helped to develop a multicolor method called “Brainbow”, which color-codes cells by expressing combinations of specialized fluorescent proteins. She will present colorful images and illustrate how the brain forms in tiny, transparent zebrafish embryos.
Tamily Weissman, Ph.D., is a Biology and Neuroscience Professor at Lewis & Clark College. She teaches courses in genetics, neural signaling, and neuroscience, and was selected this spring as a finalist for Lewis & Clark’s Teacher of the Year award. Tamily earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior at Columbia University, and completed postdoctoral training with Jeff Lichtman at Harvard University. Her multicolor photomicrographs of the brain have won numerous awards and have been featured in Scientific American, Newsweek, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative website. Tamily greatly values her work in mentoring and training undergraduate students, explaining that her students play the central role in her research lab. Outside of the lab and classroom, Tamily loves to explore Oregon (and the rest of the world) with her two young daughters and husband, a fellow PDX neurobiologist.
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