Life Science Lab

Tue-Sat | Hours Vary

Included in General Admission | The Life Lab, located in OMSI's Life Science Hall is a place of continual change, where exhibits, experiments and the public meet in a more intimate way than in the Halls. The Lab includes a large collection of live animals and a young children's table with lots of fun activities and experiments to allow our younger visitors to explore the life sciences.


Plus! We're highlighting genomics to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. Designed in collaboration with OHSU and PSU, weekend activities include: 

Meet a Scientist: Get a glimpse into the work of real scientists focused on genomics, and ask them questions! (Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12)

Phylogeny Tree: Use physical evidence to compare relationships among organisms to understand how additional evidence, such as DNA, can change our understanding of how organisms are related. 

DNA Bracelets: Create a DNA bracelet while learning about genomics studies on cancer and mutations, including work at OHSU and PSU. 

Pipette Painting: Learn about the importance of measurements and scale in genomic studies by using a micropipette with paints on a dot painting canvas. 

LEGO Protein: Challenge yourself to build proteins out of LEGOS to find out how DNA code leads to a functional protein and what happens when things go wrong.

Electrophoresis:  Walk through the process of dingin patterns in DNS with the actual equipment.