Dedicated to making science fun and available to all, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is nationally lauded and locally beloved. Its planetarium and rotating, hands-on exhibits welcome kids into the magical world of science and provide a safe, engaging place to learn and play for visitors of all ages.
This Portland science museum explores a wide range of industries, sciences and technologies and their influence on modern life. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers exhibits on a variety of topics, including digital animation, the science of food and its very own retired Navy submarine tucked into the river behind the museum. Maker fairs, festivals, expos and summer camps for kids further expand its range, keeping content fresh year-round.
The museum’s perennially popular OMSI After Dark and Pub Science programs pair fascinating and quirky science lectures and events with wine, beer, cider and spirits for intelligent and educational adults-only events. These delightful pairings only happen about once a month, so be sure to get your OMSI After Dark tickets sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you might find yourself without a seat, because these events fill up fast!
Located directly on the Willamette River in downtown Portland, OMSI has its own public transit station, making it easy to access via the city’s MAX light rail, TriMet bus and streetcar lines. While the museum is generally open seven days a week from midmorning until early evening, visitors are encouraged to check OMSI hours before heading over, as they can vary by season and may be impact by holidays, special events and other factors.
Entry prices are extremely affordable, with children under three years of age visiting for free and tickets for youth up to 13 years of age just under $10 each. Adult tickets are $14.50 apiece, with tickets for submarine tours and laser shows available at additional cost. The museum also offers roup rates and a variety of discounts for eligible guests.