Five Reasons to Get Your Science on at OMSI


Written By: Stephanie Rose Csaszar

I recently moved to Portland and would have to say now that I’ve visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry it’s the best science museum I’ve ever been to!

5. The Planetarium
Relax under the stars in The Planetarium where right now you can learn more about the upcoming total solar eclipse and eclipses in general by watching Totality.

4. The Theater
Later in the day I visited the theater and watched National Parks Adventure narrated by Robert Redford and was moved to tears by the beauty our country has to offer. It was such an inspiring and educational film and I can’t wait to explore more of the national parks after viewing it.

3. The Labs
I stopped by the Chemistry Lab and didn’t see it until they were almost closing. The staff were nice enough to let us do a few experiments. It was so fun and they do different experiments weekly so your mind will always be stimulated. I was awestruck when I entered the Paleontology Lab and TOUCHED a real dinosaur bone!

2. Featured Exhibits
OMSI just kicked off their latest featured exhibit, Pompeii, which includes almost 200 artifacts including mosaics and other valuable items owned by the people of Pompeii.

1. Events
The first Sunday of every month provides science enthusiasts a chance to visit OMSI for only $2! There are interesting labs to choose from, with a fee, from cheese and cider making to the dissecting and baking cookies. Film junkie or foodie? Check out Edible Cinema which provides a unique way to experience a film with texture, taste, and aroma. OMSI also has a Reel Science Film Series where a lecture comes before the film discussing the scientific aspects of the story. On the upcoming calendar is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Gladiator, and my favorite The Silence of the Lambs.

These are just a few of the reasons to check out OMSI and I haven’t even tapped into the family friendly events and other adult fun you can have with OMSI. So if you live in Oregon go to OMSI and if I mean when you have family and friends visiting make this a must see destination. For more information about the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry go to there website:

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