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OMSI Celebrates Opening of New 20-Acre Camp in Newport

03/14/2016

Marine Science Camp Continues Museum's Tradition of Outdoor Education

 

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry opened the doors to its new Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR on Saturday, March 12. Situated along South Beach, the 20-acre camp was celebrated with remarks and a ribbon-cutting by local dignitaries, state officials, and community members of all ages. 

“We are so pleased to be here with you to celebrate this landmark day,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “So many hands and hearts have contributed to planning and building Camp Gray. On behalf of everyone at OMSI and the thousands of campers who will create memories here, thank you all!” 

A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp experience, as well as dedicated summer programming, for the hands-on study of the Oregon Coast ecosystem. The camp features a central lodge, 156 student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, dedicated outdoor learning spaces, a communal fire pit, and restorative landscaping that includes dunes, trees, and native plants. 

Designed for Oregon’s next generation of explorers, researchers, and designers, this 20-acre facility will help get kids outside and instill a sense of environmental stewardship while building 21st Century skills crucial to future success. 

Summer programs are now available for registration at www.omsi.edu/summer.

OMSI's New Marine Science Camp to Open March 12

02/26/2016

OMSI Builds on 60 Years of Outdoor Education with New Camp in Newport, OR

 

Portland, Ore. (February 25, 2016) - The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will celebrate the grand opening of its new marine science camp, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, on March 12, 2016. Situated along South Beach in Newport, Oregon, the camp is slated to serve 5,000 school groups, children and families annually.

A new installment in OMSI’s 60-year history of outdoor education, the facility will provide a year-round immersive camp experience, as well as dedicated summer programming, for the hands-on study of the Oregon Coast ecosystem. The camp features a central lodge, 156 student beds plus staff housing, classrooms, dedicated outdoor learning spaces, a communal fire pit, and restorative landscaping that includes dunes, trees, and native plants.

Designed for Oregon’s next generation of explorers, researchers, and designers, this 20-acre facility will help get kids outside and instill a sense of environmental stewardship while building 21st Century skills crucial to future success. 

“The average student only spends about seven minutes outside every day—we want to change that,” said OMSI Director of Outdoor Education Steve Tritz. “We know that students are more likely to succeed if they’ve had real-world, outdoor learning experiences, and our new camp will help provide these kinds of opportunities for children and their families.” 

OMSI has been committed to being a good neighbor in the community through the use of local contractors during the camp’s construction, as well as by raising scholarship funds dedicated to making the camp accessible to families throughout Lincoln County. Furthermore, OMSI has worked closely with Newport city leaders, Lincoln County officials, education and research institutes, local business groups, the Lincoln County School District and other area organizations to develop ongoing partnerships and programming opportunities.

“The Central Oregon Coast presents an unparalleled environment for marine science exploration,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “We are thrilled to join the community’s network of leading research organizations, scientists, artists, and local industry leaders to provide diverse and hands-on informal science learning opportunities to children and families from across the Pacific Northwest.”

John Gray, the visionary for whom the camp will be named, and land owners Investors XII, made a combined contribution of $2.3 million allowing OMSI to purchase the 20-acre property in Newport on which the center will be built. This project was made possible through the generous support of many donors, including leadership gifts from the Fred Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Wollenberg Foundation, the Collins Foundation, the Coit family, the Murdock Trust, the Fairweather Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, the City of Newport, Lincoln County and many others.

Members of the media and public are invited to attend the grand opening celebration on March 12 from 1-4pm, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony set to take place at 2pm. Onsite parking is limited, so guests should gather at Rogue Brewery (2320 Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365), where shuttles will be provided to and from the camp. Walking instructions will also be provided for those who prefer to walk the short distance.

Registration for summer camp programs at this new facility is now open and available at omsi.edu/camps-and-classes.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

 

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International Video Game Exhibition to Make North American Debut at OMSI

01/21/2016

Game Masters Open to the Public on February 13

 

Portland, Ore. (January 20, 2015) – On February 13, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will open its doors to the North American premiere of the celebrated international video game exhibition, Game Masters.

Featuring over 125 playable games, the 10,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through the evolution of gaming from arcade classics such as Missile Command and Pac-Man, to iconic console-based games featuring Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Zelda, through to today’s indie hits like Real Racing 2, Minecraft, Machinarium, and more. In addition to allowing guests to experience the games first hand, the exhibit offers an in-depth look at the designers behind some of the most popular games of all time through rare original game artwork, 2D objects and revealing interviews with game designers.

Other famous titles include World of Warcraft, The Sims and the Lego film-franchise tie-ins, such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, while the key role played by smaller independent designers in game design and development is also explored.

“We’re honored to be the first museum in North America to host this visually stunning and relatable exhibit,” say OMSI President and CEO Nancy Steuber. “It’s fitting that a city as tech-forward and creative as Portland be given the chance to showcase the talent, ingenuity and design that brought so many beloved games to life.”

In addition to spanning two floors of the museum, the exhibition will be supported by a variety of programming including events such as “OMSI After Dark: Gaming,” lab experiences, demos, and films in the Empirical Theater.

Game Masters was created by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, supported by the Victorian Government, and runs February 13-May 8, 2016.

For more information, please visit omsi.edu.

Press note: All media requests to tour/photograph/film the exhibit must be made in advance.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

About the Australian Centre for the Moving Image

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a publicly funded cultural institution in Melbourne which celebrates, explores, and promotes, the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms – art, film, television, video games, and digital culture, through dynamic exhibitions, screenings, film festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and its vast collection. acmi.net.au

 

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Make Some Noise at OMSI This Fall

09/09/2015

Portland, Ore. (September 9, 2015) – Get ready to rock at OMSI this Fall when the science of music takes center stage. From electrifying live performances to cool artifacts, OMSI is giving musicians and music lovers alike a backstage pass to the science behind music.

Featuring Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a touring exhibition of the National GUITAR Museum, the season of music science explores the cultural and physical history of the guitar—from lutes and ouds to modern high-tech instruments—and how the instrument became the cultural icon it is today. The 5,000 square foot Exhibition consists of engaging, entertaining, and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, models, posters, video screens, interactives, and kiosks. Hands-on scientific displays range from the way that sound is produced by a guitar and an amplifier on to how the density of wood shapes and affects sound and music. Guests can even climb aboard and play the a nearly 44-foot long guitar—the largest in the world!

“The guitar is the most enduring icon in American history,” according to HP Newquist, the executive director and founder of the National GUITAR Museum. “It has been around longer than baseball, basketball, soft drinks, and sports cars. This Exhibition is a celebration of all that, and more.”

Additional features of OMSI’s season of music science include a live daily stage show that takes visitors for an exciting look at the science of sound using musical Tesla coils, water goblets and even a propane-powered Ruben’s Tube to illustrate what sound is and how it is created. Visitors can also try their own hand at making music by breaking the beams of the Laser Harp, trying out different DJ personas on Incredibox touchscreens, collaborate on sound machines and even explore how to “see” sound with an LED piano.

OMSI’s season of music science begins September 26, 2015 and runs through January 10, 2016.

For more information, please visit omsi.edu.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
 

About The National GUITAR Museum

The National GUITAR Museum (NGM) is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the science, history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its Touring Exhibition, “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” has already traveled to a dozen cities—with a dozen more scheduled—and is the basis of the museum’s planned permanent home. The NGM utilizes advanced technology to create an environment that is engaging, entertaining, and educational for visitors of all ages. Its board is comprised of individuals drawn from the music, technology, event, and museum communities. Current advisors include guitar greats Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Liona Boyd, Joe Bonamassa, and Pat Kirtley. The Executive Director of the Museum is HP Newquist.

 

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OMSI PRESENTS: THE SCIENCE OF RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

05/19/2015

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's New Featured Exhibit Opens May 21

Portland, Ore. (May 19, 2015) – Beginning May 21, OMSI will be home to The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!–an extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts which showcase the science of the extreme and unexpected. This highly interactive featured exhibit allows visitors to explore the real science behind the seemingly unbelievable, and is designed for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! presents some of the world's most perplexing optical illusions, investigates incredible examples of body modification and celebrates the life and legacy of Robert Ripley, the explorer and adventurer. Visitors can discover epic examples of extreme biology as they stand inside a life-size Megalodon jaw, experience what it would be like to be swallowed by the giant prehistoric snaked called Titanoboa, or measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, who grew to 8 feet 11 inches.

In addition, guests are invited to delve into the world of the unexpected. From a giant portrait of Albert Einstein made of toast to a larger-than-life portrait of Justin Bieber made from candy, the science of pixilation comes to life in colorful and unusual ways. 

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a joint production between Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Science North. The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! special exhibition is supported and funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The exhibit will run from May 21 through September 7, 2015. 

For more information please visit omsi.edu.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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OMSI TO PUZZLE THE MIND WITH “MAZES!”

01/22/2015

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry presents “Mazes!” opening February 7

OMSI is telling families to get lost!—and get their hands on some brain-bending science—in the new Mazes! feature exhibition which opens to the public on Saturday, February 7!

Visitors will be challenged to explore 13 interactive mazes and come face to face with mystifying illusions and mind-boggling puzzles! Each maze features a dynamic environment where guests will discover a surprise around every corner, and develop new methods of problem-solving through improvisation, trial and error, observation and testing, and logic and reasoning.

Solve puzzles and patterns, challenge the relationship between the mind and the eye and nurture your inner musician!  Mazes! offers challenging and interactive maze experiences for all ages including the Music Maze, Puzzle Maze, Color Maze and Maze of Illusions! Guests can also run a marathon with their fingers in the Continuous Quad Maze or become a "webmaster," climbing over and under without getting tangled, through an intricate web of ropes.

“Puzzles and brainteasers are part of everyday life—from navigating crowds to tackling the daily crossword puzzle—our brains are constantly problem-solving,” says OMSI President Nancy Stueber. “At Mazes!, guests of every age can learn how our minds work to solve these challenges, and put their own skills to the test in a variety of fun and exciting ways.”

Mazes! will be on display in the Featured Exhibit Hall at OMSI from February 7, 2015 to May 6, 2015.  

ANIMATION ENTERS FINAL DAYS AT OMSI

12/30/2014

The featured exhibition closes on January 11

Only a couple weeks remain until OMSI’s featured exhibition, ANIMATION, wraps for good! Set to close on January 11, 2015, the museum-wide experience provides an in-depth look at the science behind the art of animation. As part of the final days, OMSI’s Empirical Theater will be hosting a weekend of anime classics, including Akira, Princess Mononoke and Ghost in the Shell. Showings will take place January 9-11; some age restrictions apply.