ASTRONAUT takes you from Earth into space... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. Note: Show has motions that may cause some viewers to feel dizzy.

Laser Galactic Odyssey

A musical tour of the galaxy that mixes stellar lasers with science fiction themes, rock and electronic music. Song selections include Peter Schilling’s Major Tom, Jamiroquai’s Cosmic Girl, ELO’s Fire on High and others.


Song List:

Galaxy Song – Monty Python

Elevation – U2

Major Tom – Peter Schilling

Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai

Cotton Eye Joe – Rednexx

Fire on High – ELO

Duration: 25 mins. | Rating: All Ages

Colors of the World

Temper Mi Hororg - The Ukrainians / Ukraine

Zing Zong - Kanda Bongo Man / Zaire

Gathering - Nomad / Australia

Love Dreams - Kese Kese / India

Bass Man - Steel Drums of Trinidad / Trinidad

Strobes - Kodo / Japan

Mason's Apron - The Cheiftians / Ireland

Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong / USA


2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. Join OMSI at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where we will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more.


Get there early! Doors open at 6AM. The main event will begin around 9AM and the Total Eclipse will be at 10:18AM. A full schedule of activities is coming soon.


Laser Nirvana

Song List:

Come as You Are

Sliver, Lithium

Floyd the Barber

Pennyroyal Tea

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Love Buzz

Heart Shaped Box


All Apologies


Duration: 45 mins. | Rating: All Ages

Laser Michael Jackson

Song List:

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

The Way You Make Me Feel


Black Or White

Human Nature


Man In The Mirror

Dirty Diana

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Billie Jean



Duration: 45 mins. | Rating: All Ages

Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Micronesia

Free Event | On Tuesday, March 8, OMSI's Kendall Planetarium will host a live webcast of the total solar eclipse which will take place over Micronesia, roughly 500 miles north of New Guinea. Hosted by the Exploratorium's webcast team who will broadcast from the coral island of Woleai, the webcast will begin at 5:00pm. Admission to the webcast is free after museum admission; seating is on a first come, first served basis.


Visible over Indonesia and parts of the Pacific Ocean, this total solar eclipse will be the only one in 2016. Follow the entire event during the 1 hour and 15 minute webcast, watching stunning real-time imagery from the four telescopes on Woleai. Near the middle of the eclipse path's center line, Woleai will see totality for 4 minutes, 3 seconds, nearly as good as it gets for any eclipse. Exploratorium scientists and educators in Micronesia will discuss what makes an eclipse; how to view one safely; and they will also introduce us to the culture and geography of Micronesia. The program will explore the science of the sun, using high-definition images and video from NASA satellites.


For more information about The Exploratorium webcast, visit:


For more information about the eclipse viewing location of Woleai, visit:

Please note that webcast of the eclipse is subject to change by The Exploratorium.

Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration

$5 Parking Per Vehicle Parking Fee

On Saturday, September 17, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Venus, Mars, Saturn and more!


Join us as we gaze at the pre-autumn night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47.  The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.


On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.

Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.

Rooster Rock State Park | Take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.

L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 34 miles west of Portland.