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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon, United States. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology.

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This popular family destination is open on a limited basis and welcoming visitors to the museum to explore the new Dinosaurs Revealed exhibit as well as the Natural Science Hall, Empirical Theater, Kendall Planetarium, and the USS Blueback submarine. Turbine Hall is temporarily closed.

Capacity limitations and timed ticketing have been implemented throughout the museum. Face coverings are required for all guests age five or older to protect those too young for vaccination.

The Theory Cafť is closed, but snacks and refreshments are available at the Empirical Cafť. For more information visit OMSIís website.

With a planetarium, a giant-screen theater, retired navy submarine (the USS Blueback is docked right outside), traveling exhibits of all kinds, and ďAfter DarkĒ events that pair science talk with beer and wine for the 21-and-over set, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has lures for all ages.

But OMSIís core fan base is still the half-pints, who can feel an earthquake and learn about physics in Turbine Hall, conduct experiments in interactive labs, or watch storms form on a giant globe.

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How much does it cost to go to OMSI?

General admission:

Adult (14+) $12.00

Youth (3-13) $8.00

Senior (63+) $10.00

Children 2 and under visit for free.

There is an additional charge for touring the USS Blueback submarine ($8.50 per person) and Planetarium shows ($7.50 per person). Occasionally, there is an extra charge for a special exhibit. Please visit OMSIís website for current information.


Does OMSI offer discounted admission?

Active duty military and veterans receive $2 off admission with a military ID. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the front desk.

OMSI also participates in the Access for All program. Visitors with an EBT card may purchase up to four general admission tickets at $5 each. Show a valid, matching ID and your EBT card at the front desk.

Discounts are subject to change; please visit OMSIís website for the most current information.


Is there free parking at OMSI?

OMSIís parking lot costs $5 per day. Street parking is available, but the spaces have a one or two-hour time limit.

Visitors are encouraged to carpool or take public transportation. The Portland Streetcarís Central Loop and MAX Light Rail Orange Line drop passengers a short walk from the OMSIís front door.

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