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OMSI's Annual Membership Sale Kicks Off on Black Friday - 11/16/18

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 16, 2018) – Give the gift that lasts all year! Starting Friday, Nov. 23, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is offering 15% off all memberships during their annual membership sale, which runs through Jan. 1. 

OMSI members receive a wide array of benefits:
- Sneak peeks to big exhibits
- Chinook Book App access (with exclusive OMSI coupons)
- Discounts on summer camps, movie tickets, sub tours, food, events and more
- Reciprocal access to more than 325 museums across the country (see entire list)
- Tax deductible expense

Membership levels and sale price:

OMSI for 2 - $84
•    1 named adult + 1 guest or 2 named adults
•    2 theater or submarine vouchers

Family - $97.75
•    2 named adults + 4 children

Family Plus - $123.25
•    2 named adults + 4 children
•    1 guest per visit
•    4 theater or submarine vouchers

Friend - $144.50
•    2 named adults + 8 children
•    2 guests per visit
•    8 theater or submarine vouchers
•    Unlimited Planetarium Matinee showings

Patron - $191.25
•    2 named adults + 10 children
•    3 guests per visit
•    Unlimited Planetarium Matinees
•    2 OMSI After Dark attraction passes
•    Free Parking Pass
•    10 theater or submarine vouchers

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 every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Gingerbread Adventures Returns to OMSI - 11/14/18

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 14, 2018) –  This holiday season, jingle all the way to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to see towering sculptures, sweet science demonstrations and build-it-yourself workshops at the third annual Gingerbread Adventures, opening Nov. 17.

Local architecture firms and bakeries have teamed up to design and build gingerbread sculptures focused on the theme “Egypt”:

•    Soderstrom Architects & Bon Appetit Management Company with “Despicable Megypt”
•    Lewallen Architecture & New Seasons with “Fa La La La Ra”
•    Scott Edwards Architecture & Sugar Cubed Cakes with “Sweet AfterLife”
•    LRS Architects & Love Bites by Carnie with “Under Wraps”
•    Walker Macy & Sarah’s Cookies with “Khepri Rising”
•    LEVER Architecture & Pix Patisserie with “Ain’t No Party Like an Afterlife Party” 
•    WRK Engineers & Ankrom Moisan Architects & Delice Chocolate & Confections with “A Game of Cat & Mouse-oleum”

Gingerbread Adventures, sponsored by New Seasons with support from Bob’s Red Mill and Macy’s, highlights the innovation and food science that goes into assembling elaborate gingerbread sculptures. Food science intertwines biology, technology, engineering, architecture and physics in the creation of these artistic creations showcasing Portland’s diverse cultural experience, innovative food scene, and architectural expertise. 

“The last two years of Gingerbread Adventures have been so much fun, and I’m always impressed by the creativity of the teams,” said Melony Beaird, OMSI events manager. “The architect firms really push the boundaries of what the bakers can accomplish with edible materials, and you will see new and innovative ways to use gingerbread and sugar.” 

There will be more than just amazing sculptures on view. Located in OMSI’s Auditorium, guests can learn how to make an origami Sphinx, decode hieroglyphs, design a winter scene and more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice Award,” selecting their favorite gingerbread sculpture.

Returning this year is the popular food science workshop: How Does the Cookie Crumble? Adults will spend an evening learning how buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes. Then, they’ll have a chance to design, build and test their own quake-proof gingerbread house. Workshops will be held Dec. 13, 18 and 20; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per gingerbread house (up to 2 people per house).

Gingerbread Adventures is included with general admission to the museum and will be on view in the OMSI Auditorium from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 2019. For more information, visit omsi.edu.

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 every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
 

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Breaking Down the Art and Science of Animation with Animationland (Photo) - 11/08/18

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 8, 2018) – The newest addition to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) educational repertoire is an exhibit that seeks to educate visitors about the art and science of Animation. Now open to the public, Animationland transports visitors of all ages to a fantastical land with a quirky cast of characters where inspiration is everywhere!

The exhibit focuses on the basics of the animation process using interactive features including a sketching studio, a sound effects booth and the opportunity to plan and star in a stop-motion production.

“Animationland is a vibrant, whimsical place where kids and adults can get lost in the creative process, even if they’ve never thought of themselves as artists,” said Catherine Diaz, exhibit business development manager at OMSI. “The exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity to experiment with animation, then walk away with the knowledge and skills to do it at home. It’s a DIY experience!" 

Developed and produced by OMSI, Animationland offers a fully immersive, interactive exhibit where guests learn to incorporate animation skills into the creation process. This enables guests to understand the interplay that occurs between art and science and how they can apply those skills to tell their own stories in unique and dynamic ways.

“We want everyone to feel welcome and inspired to draw and animate their own creations,” said Cecilia Nguyen, exhibit developer at OMSI. “Animation is an extremely effective way to engage people with math and science, especially those who don’t see themselves as interested or motivated to learn in those areas.” 

In order to create a fully immersive environment, OMSI collaborated with expert creative studio Jolby & Friends to develop original characters, illustrations, and animation.

“When we started to sketch our ideas for the cast of characters, we knew we wanted them to be simple enough for anyone to draw. Each character has a defining visual characteristic and an attitude that gives them meaning in Animationland,” said Colby Nichols, creative director and partner at Jolby & Friends. “When we were kids, we wanted to become artists and animators, so we put ourselves in that mindset and created a world in which we knew kids would want to play.”

Animationland is a temporary exhibit and will be on view through the end of this year.

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 omsi.edu. 

OMSI Hosts Dr. Zahi Hawass Media Engagement - 10/30/18

WHAT: Dr. Zahi Hawass will speak with the media about OMSI’s current feature exhibit, The Discovery of King Tut. Learn more about the exhibit at www.omsi.edu/kingtut.

WHO: Dr. Zahi Hawass is a world-renowned archaeologist and Egyptologist. He is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings. He has participated in multiple television programs with National Geographic, Discovery, NOVA, History, FOX, “Good Morning America,” and the “Today Show.” Learn more about Dr. Hawass at www.drhawass.com/wp.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 6 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Press event will be held at OMSI inside the King Tut exhibition hall. Media will be met by OMSI media reps in main lobby for escort to press event location.

RSVP: Please RSVP to John Farmer: jfarmer@omsi.edu | 503.797.4517