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Mayor Wheeler to speak at OMSI about plastic pollution; press conference aboard Tara research schooner - 07/02/18

The research schooner Tara will be in Portland from July 7th to 10th, spotlighting a major problem — plastic pollution at sea. The Portland port of call is an opportunity for the Tara Pacific expedition crew to explain their work and raise awareness about the ocean including coral reefs impacted by climate change and also the research on plastic pollution done by scientists working with Tara. 

On July 8, the public is invited to come aboard, visit the boat and meet the crew members who live and work there. On July 9, media are invited to come hear Mayor Ted Wheeler offer a few remarks during a panel discussion on sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Press Opportunities

Saturday, July 7
6 p.m.: Tara schooner arrives at OMSI dock

Sunday, July 8
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Community Day – boat tours, meet the crew, learn from researchers.

Monday, July 9
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Press conference aboard the Tara schooner with:
       - Romain Troublé: Tara Expeditions Foundation executive director
       - Petra Einarsson: BillerudKorsnäs president & CEO
10:30 – 11 a.m.: Media tours of Tara schooner
11:30 a.m.: Remarks by Mayor Ted Wheeler in the OMSI Auditorium
7 – 9 p.m.: Microplastic Pollution in the Ocean: presentation by Romain Troublé in Empirical Theater

About BillerudKorsnäs
BillerudKorsnäs is a global leader in renewable packaging materials and solutions, and it serves the Americas from its Portland, Oregon office, BillerudKorsnäs USA. Established in November 2012, through the merger of Billerud and Korsnäs, the Sweden-based company prides itself on experience building on more than 150 years in the forestry and paper industry. Its expertise, ranging from raw material to consumer insights and environmental concerns, is key for unlocking the potential of paper and packaging solutions, and ultimately, to empower brands and businesses. Every day BillerudKorsnäs helps to save resources, increase profits and excite millions of consumers worldwide.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit 

Upcoming events at OMSI - 06/28/18

Upcoming at OMSI – July, August, September

Summer Hours: Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. through September 3.
Regular Hours resume September 4: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Featured Exhibitions

Robot Revolution
Open through September 3
Robot Revolution explores how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. The exhibit comes to life with a collection of cutting-edge robots secured from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public before. Learn more.

Robot Revolution + Museum General Admission:
$19.75 (adults) | $13.75 (ages 3-13) | $15.75 (ages 63+)
Robot Revolution for OMSI Members:
$5 (adults) | $3.25 (ages 3-13) | $4.25 (ages 63+)

Special Events

Tara Expedition Boat Tours and Activities
July 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For over 15 years the Tara Expedition has been constantly on the move and has traveled nearly 200,000 miles across all the world’s oceans. Weighing in at 120 tons, this 118-foot long schooner has embarked on 11 expeditions from the Arctic to Australia studying the impacts of climate change and the ecological crisis on the ocean.

Tara Expedition Presentation: Microplastic Pollution in the Ocean
July 9, 7 p.m. at the Empirical Theater at OMSI
Plastic in the ocean is a global issue. It concerns all of the oceans from the Arctic to the Pacific and Antarctica.
With Romain Troublé, executive director, Tara Expeditions Foundation, and Maria-Luiza Pedrotti, CNRS researcher and scientific coordinator of Tara Plastics Expeditions

Negative Space
July 11, 8 p.m.
Belgian artist and researcher Anouk De Clercq brings a selection of her digital moving-image work—often minimal and accompanied by precise electronic soundtracks—to one of the biggest screens in Portland.
OMSI’s Harvest Festival
September 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in OMSI’s Bridge Lot
Enjoy the bounty of Oregon while indulging in snacks, sweets, beer and produce from the Pacific Northwest region! Learn about Oregon specialty crops with over 40 vendors from local farms, CSA’s, cooking demonstrations and artisan vendors. There’s fun for the whole family, including kid’s activities, llamas, construction equipment, a beer tent and live entertainment on the stage. Come celebrate the harvest season at OMSI!

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is typically held on the last Wednesday of every month. Special tasting editions may be held on different days of the week.

Stranger than (Science) Fiction
July 25, 7-11 p.m.
When science leaches itself into the pool of imagination, what emerges is the world of science fiction at OMSI After Dark. 

Good Vibrations
August 29, 7-11 p.m.
Keeping the beat has always required precision. Come discover the time-tested infusion between science and music at OMSI After Dark.

September 26, 6-10 p.m.
Science is brewing at the 8th annual OMSI After Dark: Brewfest. Don't just drink beer, learn beer! At our 8th annual brewfest, sample beers from local breweries while learning how beer is made, the variety of hops and enjoy some fun beer tricks while you're at it!

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open to all ages. No scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Eugene: Knowing Oregon's Bees: An Exploration of an Overlooked Fauna
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 Suggested donation
With August Jackson, Interpretation Program Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Science Pub Portland: Waking Up to the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: July 12, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 
With Kim Hutchison, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University

Science Pub Portland: Strings & Spheres: The Geometry of Music
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: July 17, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 
With Steven A. Bleiler, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University

Science Pub Portland: Hanford Hazards: Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: August 2, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 
With Ken Niles, Assistant Director for Nuclear Safety, and Jeff Burright, Technical Staff, at the Oregon Department of Energy

Science Pub Eugene: Einstein's Warped Universe: Riding Gravity Waves Through Spacetime
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: August 9, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 Suggested donation
With Jim Brau, PhD, Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science in the Physics Department and the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: The Fight to Save African Apes
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: September 6, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. 
With Gregg Tully, PhD, Executive Director of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance

Science Pub Eugene: Forensic Science: Myth vs. Reality
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: September 13, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 Suggested donation
With Marianne Senhouse, Forensic Scientist at the Oregon State Police Springfield Forensic Lab

Science Pub Portland: The Clean Meat Revolution
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: September 18, 7 p.m.
Kendall Concerts
Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome is a monthly planetarium concert series combining live performances with stunning visuals in riots of color, shape and movement, enveloping the audience into an adventure of the senses without ever having to leave their seat.

Kendall Concerts Presents Mondegreen 
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $15
Mondegreen are a dream pop / moon-rock band that formed in Portland, Oregon in 2015. The band consists of Ash Dybvig (Theda) on vocals, guitar, and flute with partner Dustin Dybvig (Brass Clouds, Horse Feathers) on drums, keys, and bass.

Kendall Concerts Presents Wooden Sleepers
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Thursday, August 9, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $15
Wooden Sleepers is a Portland folk-grass band featuring Nolan Gordin, Nik Kemmer, Phil Krug, and Carl LaRue. Rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass, their music blends these influences with those of americana, blues, and soul to offer tunes with deep grooves and creativity. 

Lab Experience Events

Cider Making Workshop
July 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.
Cider drinking is a lost American tradition, recapture it here and learn how to make your own! Participants will explore the history and science of cider, as well as learn the steps to turning a half gallon of apple juice from the store into delicious hard cider to drink at home

Soap Making
July 8, July 28, August 12, September 9, September 22; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Make soap from scratch to take home while learning about the awesome chemistry of soap molecules! Participants will explore soap science with hands-on activities, then put their knowledge to work as they craft a unique batch of cold process soap.

Fermentation & Microbiome
September 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In this class you will create a batch of kraut to take home, as well as learn the basics of making your own sourdough starter and kombucha SCOBY.  You will also get an introduction to your microbiome, and learn about new scientific discoveries on the depth and breadth of how our microbiome influences our health. 

$2 Days
Explore the museum’s permanent exhibits and labs for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts. 

Upcoming $2 Sundays: July 1, August 5, September 2
Meet a Scientist
Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. Held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, this program features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.

Upcoming Sessions: 
July 14; 1-4 p.m.
July 28; 1-4 p.m.
August 11; 1-4 p.m.
August 25; 1-4 p.m.
September 8; 1-4 p.m.
September 22; 1-4 p.m.

The Empirical Theater at OMSI
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a four-story screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality, informative and entertaining films for all ages.

Amazon Adventure
The epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.
As in any great detective story, audiences will experience the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.

Dinosaurs Alive 
Dinosaurs Alive is a global adventure of science and discovery featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world's preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Great White Shark
Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator, the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white's place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Presented by BBC Earth, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes audiences on a global odyssey to explore the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible.

There are millions of astonishing robots in existence today and innovators are taking robotics to the next level with the latest generation of these awe-inspiring machines: humanoid robots that can work like us, play like us, learn, and even look like us. In this immersive giant-screen film experience from National Geographic Studios, audiences get an inside look at just how hard it is to mimic what we humans can do, as well as what it means to be humanoid.

See the world differently from the largest, most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest! Plus, with the installation of our new laser system, the experience is bigger and brighter than ever!
Dark Universe
The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined.  As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe.  With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
NEW! Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from "Zhima Jie," the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They also journey to Zhima Jie to learn about the similarities in our view of the sky.
Starry Nights LIVE!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best-known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Matinee Laser Shows

Laser Robot Rock
Robots and lasers are pretty awesome, add some rocking tunes and you’ve got an amazing show.  Robot Rock is an entertaining variety laser show featuring everyone’s favorite robot themed songs.  

Evening Laser Shows (Fridays and Saturdays only) 

8:15 pm
July: Journey
August:  Gorillaz
September: Jimi Hendrix / The Doors

9:30 pm
July: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
August: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
September: Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell

Star Party
Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. 
Rooster Rock State Park is located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of the Sandy River at exit 25.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47.

The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.

Mars Viewing
July 21

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
August 12

Autumnal Equinox Celebration
September 22

OMSI Contact Info
Phone: 503.797.4000 
OMSI Media Contact: John Farmer | | 503-797-4517
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Robot Revolution + Museum General Admission:
$19.75 (adults) | $13.75 (ages 3-13) | $15.75 (ages 63+)

Robot Revolution for OMSI Members:
$5 (adults) | $3.25 (ages 3-13) | $4.25 (ages 63+)

Submarine: $7.50 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $6.50 for members
Empirical Theater: $7-$8.50 (adults) | $6-$6.50 (ages 3-13) | $6-7 (ages 63+) | $1 off for members Planetarium/Laser Shows: $6.75-$7.50 non-members | $5.75-$7.50 members