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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry complex on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry complex on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

Established in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is an independent, non-tax-based educational and cultural resource center with an international reputation for excellence in science exhibitry and informal science education. OMSI is dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of science and technology through a wide variety of innovative and interactive science programming. More than one million people visit the museum and participate in OMSI’s programs every year.


Since 1992, OMSI has occupied a 18.5-acre riverside campus on the east bank of the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The complex includes five exhibit halls; eight inter¬active science labs; a planetarium; a 300-seat, five-story, domed OMNIMAX Theater; and the 219-foot U.S.S. Blueback submarine moored just outside the building in the river. The Museum also has a river view eatery, a science store stocked with hundreds of educational fun toys and an extensive bookstore.


In addition to the exhibits on permanent display, OMSI researches, designs and builds science exhibits for travel to other science centers around the globe. Boasting the largest museum-based, traveling science exhibits program in North America, OMSI has an international reputation for producing popular exhibits.

 

OMSI also has the largest science outreach education programs in the United States, reaching more than 220 thousand students across seven western states. OMSI teacher education programs provide programming to more than 1,900 teachers each year, and OMSI camps serve more than 10,000 children and provide approximately 328,000 hours of science instruction annually. OMSI’s education programs include science classes and camp-ins.


OMSI is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Labor Day through mid-June and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from mid-June through Labor Day. Open all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Source
Nancy Stueber, President; Don Vollum, Board Chair
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland 97214-3354
Phone: 503-797-4000
Fax: 503-797-4566
Web: www.omsi.edu