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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon

1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon

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Submitted by: Jack M.

Have been a proud member here for currently two years now. And I love it. Great for birthday parties or just to bring your child..... It's good for kids and adults. The upstairs is really crowded with the toddler's playground, so make note of that. However, the chem lab is amazing and can store hundreds of people, easily. OMSI after dark is also awesome, so that gets bonus points. There's usually some sort of science experiment going on inside or out. All and all, this is one cool museum. Something for the kids, the adults, and this museum will definitely bring the nerd out of you. The OMNIMAX theater is also a great plus, but after watching the Polar Express there, I got motion sickness after moving my head...

Submitted by: David R.

It's obligatory for kids, but fortunately it's also pretty good for adults.  Plus, free tattoos. For kids under 4, the big play room on the 2nd floor, to the left as you step off the elevator, is the main place to play.  A vast room with a huge sandbox, a big running-water play area, a playhouse, a faux kitchen, a couple places where you can shoot nerd balls with air, and a fake cave and giant stump filled with little creatures and puppet animals -- all make for a couple hours of toddler fun.  (There is a corner play area reserved for kids under 2.) For the rest of the museum, games, interactive learning (maybe) games and electronics. Generally fascinating.  Also, submarine parked in the river. I enjoying pl...

Submitted by: S P.

GREAT place for kids. I brought my 2 year-old here, not knowing how kid-friendly it was. I was afraid there wouldn't be enough for him to do. Boy was I wrong. There's a huge exhibit upstairs specifically for 6 and under. That alone was worth the $12 admission fee. We're visiting from N. Ca and we're used to paying twice that for anything similar.  All the other exhibits were a little too advanced for him but they looked really fun and informative for 6+. A couple of things to note: We went on a rainy Saturday right when they opened and it was REALLY crowded. If you're going to let your toddler play in the Water Works area, which I highly recommend, bring a change of clothes!! Smocks are provided but they're ...

Submitted by: Sean G.

I love this place. The prices throw me off some times they can change it seems at will....

Submitted by: Erin D.

Worst museum ever.  I'll admit part of this is based on the fact that we didn't realize this museum was geared towards kids; we were just doing a hop on hop off bus tour of Portland and decided to check it out and see the submarine. The day we decided to go, literally half of the exhibits were closed.  I couldn't believe they were still charging full admission when you couldn't see half of the museum.  Although when I peeked through the curtains, nothing really looked more interesting than what was open, so I didn't think it was much of a loss.  Still, on principle, if you have so much closed down, you might want to be gracious and offer half off admission that day. The exhibits upstairs looked like they wer...

Submitted by: Vittorio L.

Having gone in specifically to see the Game On exhibit, I would say it was just alright. It was VERY crowded, and very loud, and to get into playing anything but Pong was difficult. However, once one gets passed all that, it's interesting to see that I remember and have lived through the evolution of these video games, from the Atari 7800 to the handheld games we use now. Overall, the exhibit would be more nostalgic to the random 20 somethings and their cohorts, parents, and curators than it was to the younger crowd. I even gasped when i saw the lone Speak And Spell alone on the table, unoccupied, and asking me to spell N-U-I-S-A-N-C-E. WOOT! The rest of the exhibits were geared for school aged kids, with li...

Submitted by: Catherine D.

Fantastic science museum. Our son loved t...

Submitted by: antonio o.

I can't stop going to OMSI Since I was a kid and went on a field trip, all the way until now where I am an adult and make field trips for myself here. The exhibits are not always g...

Submitted by: Chris A.

Before last night, I would have told you OMSI After Dark is one of the best events in Portland and OMSI is one of the best organizations to support. My wife and I started attending in January 2010 and by March 2010 we decided that we needed to support the new programs OMSI had started for adults so we became members. We started attending other events at OMSI too, like the Saturday "Member Nights" and randomly coming to the museum, even when the kids are there. Last night, we were shocked when I handed over our membership card and photo ID (like we usually do) and then the guy said that would be $12. At first I thought he was joking as we were just chatting about some other things, but he then said that with ...

Submitted by: Margaret K.

Just went to the Game On exhibit. Oh. Man. Haven't had that much fun learning in a long time. Once the pacman hoggers abandoned their post, even my mom had a good time. There was literally every game you could imagine...so much fun. My brother and I pwned some sm...

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