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OMSI Announces Master Planning Team

Design firm Snøhetta selected to lead the development of a long-term strategy for OMSI’s 16-acre riverfront property

10/13/2016

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today that it has selected the design team to lead the master planning process of its 16-acre riverfront campus. International design firm, Snøhetta, will provide strategic leadership for the team, working to develop a long-term vision for the future of the site. The goal of the Master Plan will be to provide a market-driven strategy that outlines the best economic and environmental uses of OMSI’s physical property while highlighting the museum’s work as a cultural touchstone, science education resource, and trailhead to connect the community to learning and skill-building opportunities that equip them for 21st-century jobs. Multiple firms, including many local entities, will be part of the planning team led by Snøhetta and will play important roles in the comprehensive development of the OMSI District Master Plan:

--ECONorthwest who will study the economic conditions and develop a market-driven planning evaluation,

--Buro Happold to develop new, innovative ideas for environmental sustainability and infrastructure,

--Spencer Consultants to lead on local planning approaches,

--DKS to consult on traffic and parking strategies,

--KPFF for their civil engineering expertise, and

--Mayer/Reed who will consult on landscape architecture.
 

“We were fortunate to have had so many qualified firms submit proposals for this planning process, and we’re delighted to announce the selection of Snøhetta to lead the Master Plan team,” said OMSI President and CEO Nancy Stueber. “It’s important to us that we identify the unique ways we can use our property to create a vibrant and engaging place for the community and for science learning, and this collaborative team will help us build a vision for the OMSI District that is both dynamic and achievable.”

“We look forward to bringing the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry closer in connection to its place, people and visitors,” said Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Snøhetta. “Together with the museum's administration, we will certainly see OMSI blossom into a place that is more resourceful and attractive in the years to come.  Portland's future is intimately linked with the pursuit of education, a greater understanding of the sciences, and our relationship to the environment. To be a part of this journey together with OMSI is a rare opportunity to shape a larger component of society.”

Snøhetta is renowned for its global portfolio working with cultural institutions and developing vibrant social spaces. Their projects include the recently opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion in California, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Canada, among others. The OMSI District Master Plan is one of a series of planning projects Snøhetta is leading in the Portland Metro Area, including the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, and the future home of the James Beard Public Market in Portland. Additionally, this summer the firm partnered with The Center for Architecture in Portland to host its first full-scale exhibition of their work in North America, featuring sketches, renderings, and models which offered a glimpse into the team’s creative process.

"Portland remains one of the most inviting cities in America,” said Michelle Delk, Partner and Director of Landscape Architecture with Snøhetta. “After many years of industrialization, the city is awakening its waterfront and natural surroundings more than ever before. The city’s food culture, social activities and environmental initiatives are helping create a new attitude along the waterfront, and OMSI's new Master Plan will contribute to the exciting and evolving character of the city and state."

Work on the OMSI Master Plan will begin this month and is expected to continue into the spring of 2017. In addition to the fully integrated team, the project will feature opportunities to gather feedback from diverse communities including OMSI members, neighbors, partners, and other area stakeholders, including city and state agencies, in order to create a holistic plan that takes into account future opportunities and needs in the area.  

“As this project moves forward, one of our top priorities is making sure the local community is thoughtfully considered and involved in the process,” said Stueber. “This includes welcoming the public to share ideas and offer feedback, which we’ll be inviting them to do in the weeks ahead.”

In addition to creating a center of excellence and sustainability for the region, the wider district will also serve as an anchor to the city’s “Innovation Quadrant,” and feature a mix of uses and jobs, including growing creative industries, education facilities, and research opportunities, as well as visitor attractions, open space, and improved access to the river. The plan will also leverage the major investment in mass transportation by TriMet through the OMSI/SE Water Ave station and Tilikum Crossing Bridge, which have connected the district to the greater Portland Metro Area like never before.

Images and photos detailing the OMSI campus can be found below. For more information about OMSI please visit omsi.edu. To learn more about Snøhetta visit snohetta.com.

 

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 and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

About Snøhetta
Snøhetta values human interaction. All of the studio’s work strives to enhance a sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces they inhabit, whether natural or human-made. For over 25 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion in California among many others. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects.

Fifth Annual Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI Celebrates Creativity

New Marquee Activities will Combine with Returning Favorites to Take Over OMSI's Entire Campus

08/23/2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 23, 2016) –  In what has become a Portland tradition, OMSI will present the fifth annual Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool DIY technology taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Among the anticipated highlights:          

  • NeedybotThe Lodge at Wieden+Kennedy developed this fuzzy, friendly robot as an experiment to see if they could entice people to connect with a robot the same way they connect with other humans. Meet Needybot and find out how you can help him learn.
  • Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Launcher: It set a new world record of 806 meters per second (1,803 mph) in May; come see if it can beat its own record as it launches ping pong balls through plywood.
  • Nemotoad: Made out of plywood, Styrofoam and fiberglass, this steampunk hovercraft is powered by a riding lawnmower engine which allows it to reach speeds of about 20 mph on water.
  • Innovation Stage, with confirmed speakers that include LAIKA, Portland Apparel Lab and BB-8 Builders.
  • Workshops and activities in all six of OMSI labs.
  • More than 115 Makers, including returning favorites such as da Vinci Days, Yarn Car, and 3D printing.
     

Exhibits, talks, demonstrations and performances will bridge arts, crafts, science and engineering. Hands-on activities are designed to inspire and stimulate the Maker within.

“Portland has such a robust creative community and we have been honored to be able to showcase their many talents these past five years,” said Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI events director. “Every year the event grows with more amazing makers and projects. We are always excited to see the innovation and ingenuity that exists in our region.”

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is presented by OMSI and Intel, supported by OSH Park, Century Link, and Rockwell Collins, and is in partnership with Make: Magazine. It celebrates the Maker movement and brings together Makers of all fields with the goal of supporting grassroots innovation in the community. 

Makers of all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, homesteaders, garage tinkerers and even commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these Makers and aspiring Makers.

OMSI invites anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and seeks to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire’s 115+ exhibitors will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printers and steampunk computers; to rocket-making, sustainable art and much more.

Visitors can watch demonstrations of everything from historic European martial arts to metal forging and get hands on with projects that include clay making, wood working, computer programming, leather making, and a variety of upcycled art projects.

“Maker Faire is an excellent way to get students excited about making things, innovating, and engaging with science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom,” said Jill Eiland, NW regional public affairs director at Intel. “Intel is a proud supporter of the Maker Movement nationally, and we are pleased to help bring the Mini Maker Faire to Portland.”

Other selected demonstrations from the broad array being presented include:

  • HAM Radios, which will allow visitors to talk to people around the country and world. Find out why this old-fashioned technology is still crucial: amateur radio works long after cell and telephone systems fail.
  • Intel will feature demonstrations and activities designed to inspire and empower the Maker community showcasing products such as: Arduino 101*, Intel® Galileo Gen 2, Intel® Edison™ and their newest innovator product the Intel® Joule™ compute module.
  • Da Vinci Days Kinetic Sculptures, used in the “Kinetic Challenge,” a  two-day race that covers a 10-mile course over roads, through mud, sand and on water.
  • Portland Children’s Museum with “Get Rolling,” which allows visitor to explore 3D space, problem solving and physics as they work together to build a large-scale marble run.
  • Lumina Lab/Stoicheia Elements with its dodecahedron, each side of which depicts the iconography of one of the Twelve Olympians. Whimsical images, centered in a stained-glass rosary design, remain static and unchanging, while 2,000+ LEDs continuously morph and change, making every moment unique.
  • CNC Router Parts will offer a "pinewood derby,” where participants can create their own car on a digital tablet, which will then be made into a real car on a desktop CNC machine; or choose a predefined car from the larger fabrication machine. After assembling and racing the cars, visitors can take them home.

The event will take place throughout the OMSI campus, in the north parking lot and inside the museum. Admission details:

  • Regular admission: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+).
  • Two-day passes are available for $25 adults, $15 youth and seniors
  • OMSI members receive 50% off all tickets.

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with Full Sail beer, Union Wine Co. wine, and Reverend Nat’s hard cider, and DRY Sparkling soda available at the bar. OMSI’s restaurant, Theory, will also be open with wood-fire pizza, salads, sandwiches, and Salt & Straw ice cream.

Portland Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without the support of presenting sponsor Intel and supporting sponsors OSH Park, Century Link, and Rockwell Collins. It is presented in partnership with Make: Magazine.

For more information on the many participants, visit www.makerfaireportland.com.

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 is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. 

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.  They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1,250 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees.  Twenty-three other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

About MAKE Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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Blast Off to a Summer of Space Exploration at OMSI

Museum to launch new exhibition on the challenges and future of living and working in space

06/07/2016

Portland, Ore. (June 7, 2016) – Beginning June 18, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is taking guests through an out-of-this-world experience with the exciting new exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit features hands-on, immersive experiences that will give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment of space.  They'll learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature extremes, to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components, and interactive exhibits, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space – from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.

The exhibit finale includes a full scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they're floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.

To complement Journey to Space, OMSI has organized a series of new programs and demonstrations available to guests throughout the run of the exhibit. On weekends visitors can explore how space ties together difference branches of science through hands-on labs in chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Inside the exhibit OMSI has hands-on demos that explore everything from space suit fabric to Shuttle tiles, rocket launches to gyroscopes. Plus, this summer will feature Star Parties, new Planetarium shows, special space-themed giveaways, and film festivals for audiences of all ages.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition runs June 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017. To learn more visit omsi.edu.

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

Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics.

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 Celebrates Opening of New 20-Acre Camp in Newport

Marine Science Camp Continues Museum's Tradition of Outdoor Education

03/14/2016

 

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

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

02/26/2016

 

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

Game Masters Open to the Public on February 13

01/21/2016

 

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

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

05/19/2015

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!”

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

01/22/2015

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

The featured exhibition closes on January 11

12/30/2014

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.