Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned science center providing science learning to a range of audiences. Our programming is guided by OMSI’s long-term vision to promote a healthy, innovative, and sustainable society where everyone is prepared to participate in civic life. OMSI’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming helps visitors and program participants master 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. We achieve this through exhibits, classes, camps, traveling educators, and adult programs around the state, making OMSI a trusted educational resource to all Oregonians.
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  • Proper Snake
    Portland, Oregon5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see in Portland
    Amazing fun, went here countless times as a kid with family, and most recently on school trips. Great place with countless of interactive experiences for younger children, and lots of more higher level more informative focused stuff for older ones. Few of the top level attractions tend to switch from month to month so its nice to see what's new now and then
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Lynn H
    Sacramento, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Hands On Learning Experience
    We had a shift in our schedule and some family members suggested to go check out OMSI. It was amazing. We spent all afternoon at OMSI and maybe explored about a 1/4 of what the place had to offer. We did do the submarine tour. That was very cool. I would not take small childern, it is very compact and lots of different levels. Also not a fan of small spaces. I did enjoy the history and the wealth of knowledge our tour guide provided. We have plans to go back this summer.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Poonam C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great learning science museum
    OMSI is great experience for kids and adults too. We saw this year's Orca exhibit. Which was beautiful as always. So much to cover in a day is nearly impossible. We visit every year when they open new exhibit. We used to eat at Theory restaurant but food portion is way smaller we felt this time. We ordered pizzas for 14.95 and we expected to be atleast good enough for one person meal. But it was very tiny pizza of 4 slices only. Though the quality is good as always.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Kimberly
    Bend, Oregon5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Value and an all day activities
    We travel a distance to go to this place and it was worth the drive and value for the money. We arrived around 10 am and left at 4 pm. I have a 5 year old who completely immersed himself in the variety of labs, play area and the exhibits. I also had a great time in the chemistry lab with him.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • SMF-Collegeville
    Batesville, Indiana212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum - Lots of Interactive Exhibits for Kids
    Great museum covering a broad range of topics. There are lots of interactive exhibits for kids to enjoy and learn by experiencing things. The highlight of the museum is the Blueback Submarine docked in the river and taking a tour of it is highly recommended. You can easily spend an entire day here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,528 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing learning center
    Amazing learning center. As a grown man visiting alone, I enjoyed so much. There are many interactive exhibits, including the puzzles! I spent 30 minutes trying different puzzles and they were so fun. The planetarium exhibition requires additional fee, but it was informative and immersive.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Renee R
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit pricey but an enjoyable visit - We will be going back!
    I visited OSMI the first time a couple weeks ago. My husband and I, both seniors, enjoyed it. We spent about 90 minutes walking through the museum, watched a starry night presentation, and then a laser light one. Finally had a coffee before returning home. We decided to buy a season pass so we could bring our kids and grandkids. We are looking forward to visiting again. The reason for four stars is if you are paying separately for the entrance fee, then planetarium show(s), and maybe a sub tour, you can easily spend close to $200 for the day for a family of 4. That seems pricey for what you are getting. That is why we decided to buy a membership.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A couple exhibits are very interesting. But the planetarium shows are terrible. Navajo skies is like something from the 1980s. There are technical inaccuracies, the dialogue is downright ridiculously insulting, and none of the planetarium shows are disabled accessible. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. They recommended using Google live transcribe, which works sometimes, but with all of the faux accents and attempts at Navajo language, the transcription can range from hilarious to vulgar.

The best exhibits are the 1990s fetus progress through gestation exhibit and the paleontology.

Once again, I can't say enough about the staff. But there's no justification to charge admission for the planetarium shows. It's not a planetarium it's a movie theater.
Written January 28, 2024
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Renee R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I visited OSMI the first time a couple weeks ago. My husband and I, both seniors, enjoyed it. We spent about 90 minutes walking through the museum, watched a starry night presentation, and then a laser light one. Finally had a coffee before returning home. We decided to buy a season pass so we could bring our kids and grandkids. We are looking forward to visiting again.

The reason for four stars is if you are paying separately for the entrance fee, then planetarium show(s), and maybe a sub tour, you can easily spend close to $200 for the day for a family of 4. That seems pricey for what you are getting. That is why we decided to buy a membership.
Written December 4, 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Amazing learning center. As a grown man visiting alone, I enjoyed so much. There are many interactive exhibits, including the puzzles! I spent 30 minutes trying different puzzles and they were so fun. The planetarium exhibition requires additional fee, but it was informative and immersive.
Written September 2, 2023
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SMF-Collegeville
Batesville, IN212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great museum covering a broad range of topics. There are lots of interactive exhibits for kids to enjoy and learn by experiencing things. The highlight of the museum is the Blueback Submarine docked in the river and taking a tour of it is highly recommended. You can easily spend an entire day here.
Written August 20, 2023
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Charlandria D
26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This is a wonderful place to take the kids. Unfortunately, we were a couple and found ourselves in child's playland of science. I think the only adult thing to see and do was the sub. We were visiting from Chicago and because we are members there, we get access to museums across the country. We decided to check it out and I wanted to see what the Orca exhibit was all about. Turns out it was just a film and the film was only played once maybe twice a day and we missed it. We walked upstairs, outside, and around every corner and got the gist. If you're a couple or a in town to visit this is meant more for families with small children. I don't think our teenager would have been interested in many of the activities beyond just seeing what it does. (You know the 2.5 second time span of teens now) Great way to keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours.
Written July 24, 2023
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Kimberly
Bend, OR5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We travel a distance to go to this place and it was worth the drive and value for the money. We arrived around 10 am and left at 4 pm. I have a 5 year old who completely immersed himself in the variety of labs, play area and the exhibits. I also had a great time in the chemistry lab with him.
Written July 13, 2023
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Poonam C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
OMSI is great experience for kids and adults too. We saw this year's Orca exhibit. Which was beautiful as always. So much to cover in a day is nearly impossible. We visit every year when they open new exhibit.
We used to eat at Theory restaurant but food portion is way smaller we felt this time. We ordered pizzas for 14.95 and we expected to be atleast good enough for one person meal. But it was very tiny pizza of 4 slices only. Though the quality is good as always.
Written July 2, 2023
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104653
London, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This museum doesn't appear to have any permanent exhibits. There was a temporary exhibit on orca whales, which was ok, but not much else going on for adults. What a rip off ... won't be back.
Written June 27, 2023
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Natalie Y
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Super disappointed with my recent visit. Not super engaging exhibits. Walked all the across the building with my 3 year old daughter who desperately had to use the restroom, only to find 2 full sized all-gender bathrooms. I do not feel safe entering that bathroom as a small woman with a little child knowing there are men inside. We had to run across the building to the women's bathroom, which was packed. No breastfeeding room, only "Quiet Room". Not family friendly and more considered with a political agenda, as displayed by their staff and logistical options.
Written June 6, 2023
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Global_Coug
Houston, TX200 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Many years ago, OMSI was established to celebrate science and man's application of it in industry for the provision of things that raise our standard of living. The emphasis was on how stuff works and was in the context of free markets and the scientific method. I loved it as a kid as did my kids growing up.
Sadly, now OMSI is just another left-wing political display. The entire emphasis is on politically correct, science-free dogma. No need to visit. If you decide to go after all, note that crime has soared in the area.
Written May 28, 2023
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