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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
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+1 503-797-4000
09:30 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned...

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned science center providing science learning to a range of audiences. Our programming is guided by OMSI’s long-term vision to promote a healthy, innovative, and sustainable society where everyone is prepared to participate in civic life.

OMSI’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming helps visitors and program participants master 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. We achieve this vision through exhibits, classes, camps, traveling educators, and adult programs around the state, making OMSI a trusted educational resource to all Oregonians.

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Always overcrowded

We really like this place and the attractions, but I have never ever been there when it is not overcrowded. We have been there during the week and during the weekend and I have... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Vancouver, Washington
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North Reading, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth going once, but a bit boring. Exhibits seem a bit outdated. We were there only about an hour and a half and had seen everything - nothing really stands out as exciting or worth seeing.

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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really like this place and the attractions, but I have never ever been there when it is not overcrowded. We have been there during the week and during the weekend and I have not noticed a huge difference. There is a lot to do, but hard to get your hands on anything, because there are just too many kids... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You are able to see a film and not pay admission to the museum. A plus if you have limited time. I had wanted to see the National Parks 100th anniversary film and, by no fault of the OMSI, it was a poor film. It did not cover much about the parks and it used a contrived plot line of... More 

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Richland, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by to check The Art of Brick exhibit. Nathan Sawaya is an incredible Lego brick artist! He grew in creativity over the years, we saw his exhibit several years ago, it was totally new! His pieces speak on a totally different level. A must see for parents and kids.

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Columbia, MD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First we made the mistake of going on spring break and waited in line outside over an hour. They did set up tents to protect us from the rain. Once inside, we were shocked at how expensive it is. Besides admission, you pay extra for the planetarium, the sub tour, the art exhibit, etc. We wanted two shows in the... More 

Thank Sherrie R
West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The special exhibit at OMSI is The Art of the Brick - from their web page it states:"exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya takes LEGO® bricks from child's toy to sophisticated art form and beyond. The world's largest display of LEGO art ever features original pieces of inspiring artworks as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous... More 

Thank Travel33871
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very surprised on the main attraction of Bricks, Legos. It was a awesome day and the laser light show was very entertaining. There was much for adults and children to see and do for interactive activities.

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Appleton, WI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Granddaughter loves this place. Every time we visit, OMSI it is. Great place for kids to explore and learn by doing

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visiting Lego exhibition was phenomenal, great for all ages. The rest of the facility was average. Approximately 1/3 of the Industry section was not working, which really disappointed our child. The sections that were functional, were a huge mess as the staff are not supervising the interactive areas. I realize that children have chaperones and/or parent's, but a lot... More 

Thank nicki_wicki
Corvallis, OR
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since our little boy has been toddling around, we have enjoyed visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The traveling exhibits are always fun and educational, the latest was the Lego exhibit which was not only fun for the four-year-old but for the grown-ups as well. My son especially enjoys the "dinosaur lab" and of course the gift shop.... More 

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