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.
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.
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
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.
"An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date." Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
Duration: 113 mins. | Rating: PG
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
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.
Lewis & Clark
With sweeping panoramas of the rugged American West and stunning aerial photography, one of the epic adventures in American history comes to life in Lewis & Clark. The film follows the grueling 8,000-mile expedition past buffalo-filled prairies, through thick forests and raging river rapids, over towering peaks and plunging precipices. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, Lewis & Clark chronicles the danger and beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of the two courageous captains, their guide Sacagawea and the brave Corps of Discovery.
Duration: 42 mins. | Rating: Ages 5+