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Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry Portland

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Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry
1945 SE Water Avenue
Portland
OR
97214
Tel: 503 797 4000

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Founded in 1944 and one of the nations top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the WOW! in science for the kid in each of us. Five exhibit halls and eight science labs offer 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI's multi-attraction complex features a big screen OMNIMAX Theater, the Northwest's largest planetarium, and the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy and after serving for 31 years, the last of its kind to be decommissioned.

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    Fun museum, better for kids than adults, but worth a look. Rolling exhibits in part of the museum, but some of the exhibits and activities are constant. Gift shop is large and has a fun variety of things available.
    There were plenty of interesting activities and games for both children and adults. Staff were friendly and helpful, and the museum also houses a large theater and an IMAX, each with a variety of different films to choose from (costs extra - not included in museum admission).
    Views of the river from this museum are wonderful, and the...Read More

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    The OMSI after dark event is pretty cool, and I would recommend for others to try. Though if you want to drink outside of happy hour, expect to pay 7$ for a 12oz beer. I would try to target cool exhibits before going as there is a rotating exhibit that changes throughout the year. Everything else stays the same though.

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    This is a very interesting museum. I like the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the exhibits

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    We are members and go every couple of months. There is always something new and the kids always have fun and end up asking questions about science and engineering. Recommend it for any family with kids 5-15 especially.

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    Any museum that you are able to interact with the exhibits is cool in my book. Usually you do find this in science museums and OMSI doesn't disappoint. My family I and went when they had the history of video games so we got to see and play with a lot of the retro games and some of the current ones at the time. It still amazes me what we thought was so cool and so powerful in technology is nothing compared to smartphones today.

    Anyway, OMSI is definitely a cool place with huge exhibits and lots to do and see. One of ther more permanent exhibits...Read More

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by Erik Kruse

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Fun museum, better for kids than adults, but worth a look. Rolling exhibits in part of the museum, but some of the exhibits and activities are constant. Gift shop is large and has a fun variety of things available.
There were plenty of interesting activities and games for both children and adults. Staff were friendly and helpful, and the museum also houses a large theater and an IMAX, each with a variety of different films to choose from (costs extra - not included in museum admission).
Views of the river from this museum are wonderful, and the museum has LOTS of natural light and windows.

by Benjamin Hong

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Any museum that you are able to interact with the exhibits is cool in my book. Usually you do find this in science museums and OMSI doesn't disappoint. My family I and went when they had the history of video games so we got to see and play with a lot of the retro games and some of the current ones at the time. It still amazes me what we thought was so cool and so powerful in technology is nothing compared to smartphones today.

Anyway, OMSI is definitely a cool place with huge exhibits and lots to do and see. One of ther more permanent exhibits is the USS Blueblack, a retired naval submarine that was also used in the movie "Hunt for Red October". This is one of my all time favorite movies so you know I had to take a tour of the sub when I learned it was here in Portland.

I do have to be honest it can get pricy if you want to check out some of the traveling exhibits because they are not included in the general admission. So I'd recommend making a day of the place to really get your money's worth.

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