Featured Exhibits

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Included in General Admission | Immerse yourself in a high-tech and interactive environment that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science! Explore the human genome and the role genomics plays in life, from the fascinating diversity of living things to the archaeological and fossil evidence that is helping answer questions about human ancestry. Plus, learn how the future of genomic medicine is changing the ways we combat genetic illnesses, personalize healthcare, and even stop deadly epidemics. 


Appropriate for ages five and older, cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos bring the topic to life, examining both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society.


And we're not stopping at the exhibition. From crafting DNA bracelets to Reel Science presentations, additional programming this fall will help inspire audiences and further their understanding of genomic science and the profound impact it has on our everyday lives. What can you expect? 


Life Lab: Activities and Meet a Scientist

Labs for Schools: Introduction to BiologyDNA DemystifiedIf The Genes Fit

Science Pub Portland: Cancer Genome with Dr. Christoper Corless, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Cancer Pathology Share Resource at OHSU

Science Pub Hollywood: Deep Sea Hotsprings with Anna-Louise Reysenback, PhD, Professor of Microbiology in the Biology Department at PSU

Reel Science: The Fly RoomGattaca


Hosting Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is done in collaboration with Portland State University (PSU) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). 

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is an exhibit developed and produced by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Institutes for Health's National Human Genome Research Institute in association with Science North.

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

Included in General Admission | Get ready to rock this Fall! From electrifying live performances to cool artifacts, we're giving musicians and music lovers alike a backstage pass to the science behind your favorite 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. You can even climb aboard and play the 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.”


What else is happening? We've got a live stage show that'll make you think about sound like never before with the help of musical Tesla coils, water goblets and even a propane-powered Ruben’s Tube. Then try you can try your hand at making music by breaking the beams of the Laser Harp, trying out your music mixing skills on touchscreens, collaborate on sound machines, and even “see” sound with an LED piano.


Plus, we've invited musicians of all ages to share their love of music at OMSI with live performances every at 12pm. View the full schedule. 


OMSI’s season of music science runs through January 10, 2016. Get ready to make some noise!

Members Night | GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

Member Night is an after-hours event that gives OMSI members run of the museum. Members experience special demonstrations, exhibits, and participate in activities for all ages. This event will feature an exclusive look at our newest exhibition, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.

Enjoy a FREE viewing of one of our regular Planetarium shows. Seating is limited and based on first come, first serve. Guests must exit the theater between shows. Get your free ticket when you check in at the front desk. (Note on double show and/or exiting the theater between shows) 

6PM | Laser Movie Madness
6:30PM | Laser Movie Madness
7PM | Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
7:30PM | Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Visit omsi.edu/planetarium for more information about the shows.

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World will feature live stage presentations inside the exhibit at 6PM, 7PM and 8PM. 

The Featured Hallway will also showcase various instruments – from the homemade to the bizarre, there’s a little something for everyone!

Theory Eatery will be open from 6PM – 9PM serving pizza, snacks and beverages. 


Space: An Out-Of-Gravity Experience

Included in General Admission | Witness the innovation that makes life possible in the unforgiving vacuum of space in this new, special exhibition. Experience what it is like to be on board the International Space Station and try your hand at some of the feats of engineering that support the astronauts who live there. Space will give you a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs of space exploration. Discover what is possible and what awaits in orbit and beyond.

Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and partner museums.