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!

Game Masters: The Exhibition

Free to Members. Additional charge for non-members. | Across arcades, consoles, PC and mobile platforms, Game Masters: The Exhibition showcases the work of over 30 game designers, from Nintendo's iconic character-led worlds featuring Mario and Link, to the immersive worlds of Blizzard Entertainment, the musical notes of Rock Band and the atmospheric narratives of Flower and Journey by thatgamecompany.

The Art of the Brick

Named one of CNN's Top Ten "Global Must-See Exhibitions," The Art of the Brick exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO® bricks from child's toy to sophisticated art form and beyond. The world's largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces of inspiring artworks as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks.


The Art of the Brick Exhibit and Museum Admission

Ninkasi Space Beer Dinner

Foodies and beer lovers, join us during World Space Week for another delicious dinner featuring Ninkasi’s second-edition of Ground Control, their bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout that was fermented with space-traveled yeast.


Enjoy a beer-pairing dinner created by Bon Appetit’s Executive Chef, Kit Zhu and hear from two Ninkasi experts, Ben Prescott, a Certified Cicerone and Ali Aasum, Communications Director.


Indie Game Night

Join OMSI and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade as we host an indie game night tournament on the Empirical Theater’s 40-foot tall screen! Compete in three different games to win prizes from OMSI, Ground Kontrol and more. The prizes will be donated from local merchants, plus Ground Kontrol & OMSI.


Tickets are $5pp. Guests will enter their names into a drawing for entry into the tournament. As a bonus all guests will be entered into a door prize raffle.