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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214-3356
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+1 503-797-4000
09:30 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned...

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 vision 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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Lots of things for kids to learn

We went primarily for the Lego exhibit, which was awesome!! We also strolled around the rest, it's more focused on kids, but the adults I was with had fun trying the different... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went primarily for the Lego exhibit, which was awesome!! We also strolled around the rest, it's more focused on kids, but the adults I was with had fun trying the different puzzles in each room.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got tickets just for the museum. It did seem to be mostly focused for kids but we enjoyed it as adults as well. All the labs where you can experience different things were entertaining. It is a good way to spend a rainy day!

Thank SophieTRR
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OMSI has an array pf exhibits that are attractive for little kids to adults. They have a rotating exhibit space which sometimes is free with admission, right now it is Art of the Brick (there is an add on to the admission for this show), and it is wonderful. Little kids can enjoy the Science play ground upstairs (6 and... More 

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Roseburg, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was completely blown away by all the activities for kids under 6. My 3-year-old loved the massive sand area and the water area... Of note: if your little one loves water make sure to bring an extra pair of clothes! Great fun for parents and kids alike!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three adults had just as much fun as the two toddlers visiting this place. The kids spent long hours at this place exploring in every corners, every stop sites. I saw them pushing and touching everything, They had fun getting information from the screens/monitors; among them the moon rock and the climbing up the huge ear. They became very involved... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to OMSI numerous times and every time it is a new experience. We love that OMSI keeps it fresh with new exhibits and fun things to do. I specially love the After Hours events for the adult only crowd.

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North Reading, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth going once, but a bit boring. Exhibits seem a bit outdated. We were there only about an hour and a half and had seen everything - nothing really stands out as exciting or worth seeing.

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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

We really like this place and the attractions, but I have never ever been there when it is not overcrowded. We have been there during the week and during the weekend and I have not noticed a huge difference. There is a lot to do, but hard to get your hands on anything, because there are just too many kids... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

You are able to see a film and not pay admission to the museum. A plus if you have limited time. I had wanted to see the National Parks 100th anniversary film and, by no fault of the OMSI, it was a poor film. It did not cover much about the parks and it used a contrived plot line of... More 

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Richland, Washington
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped by to check The Art of Brick exhibit. Nathan Sawaya is an incredible Lego brick artist! He grew in creativity over the years, we saw his exhibit several years ago, it was totally new! His pieces speak on a totally different level. A must see for parents and kids.

Thank RU2WA

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