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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. 

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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




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.  



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.