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What's Happening at OMSI? - 01/02/18

Upcoming at OMSI -- January, February, March

OMSI Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Special Open Mondays: Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 19, Mar 26

Featured Exhibitions

ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems
Open through February 19
A mind-bending experience with more than 40 installations in an exhibition by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin that deceive the senses, showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe or our ears hear.

Robot Revolution
Opens March17
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.

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 Portland: Handcrafting a Nanosatellite: OreSat, Oregon's First Satellite
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 Glisan, Portland
When: January 4, 7p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Andrew Greenberg, MS, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University

Science Pub Corvallis: Robots
Location: Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
When: January 8, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
With Heather Knight, an assistant professor in computer science at Oregon State University,

Science Pub Eugene: Rising Seas and Dissolving Coastlines: What Will Happen in the Pacific Northwest?
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: January 11, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With Ray Weldon, PhD, Professor of Structural Geology and Neotectonics at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: Building Grand Coulee Dam
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: January 16, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Raymond "Paul" Giroux, Dist. M. ASCE, Senior Estimating Manager at Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

Science Pub Portland: Moving in a Microscopic Hurricane: How Motor Proteins Create Order in a Cell
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 Glisan, Portland
When: February 1, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With David Altman, PhD, Professor of Physics at Willamette University

Science Pub Eugene: A Crash Course in the Microbiome of the Digestive Tract
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Sue Ishaq, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Corvallis: New Brews: Hops, Barley and The Future of Craft Beer
Location: Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
When: February 12, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
With Tom Shellhammer, Professor of Food Technology and Science at Oregon State University

Science Pub Portland: Urbanism Next: How Emerging Technologies Will Change the City as We Know It
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: February 20, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative and Becky Steckler, AICP, Program Manager for Urbanism Next at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: A Taste for the Beautiful: The Evolution of Attraction
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 Glisan, Portland
When: March 1, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Michael J. Ryan, PhD, Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at the University of Texas and a Senior Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama

Science Pub Eugene: The Demand for Computational Power
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: March 8, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Hank Childs, PhD, Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Corvallis: Home from the Sea: The Marbled Murrelet Project
Location: Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
When: March 12, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
With Jim Rivers, Assistant Professor, Senior Research, Dept of Forest Ecosystems & Society and Adjunct Faculty in the Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University

Science Pub Portland Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: March 20, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Scott Burns, PhD, Professor of Geology at Portland State University

Reel Science
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

January 10, 6:30 p.m
With Chuck Caruso, Adjunct Professor, English Department at Marylhurst University and local crime writer, plus Q&A.

Edible Cinema
Edible Cinema is a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Perfect for food and film lovers alike, this quarterly series combines good food with the fun of movie night as expert chefs curate a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film.

When Harry Met Sally
February 13, 7 p.m.

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 are presented by Entercom and may be held on different days of the week.

Bourbon and Bacon
January 13, 7-10pm
Experience the science of intoxicating flavors and smoky pairings as we enter the sphere of Bourbon and Bacon at OMSI After Dark.

Now You See It
January 31, 6-10 p.m.
Step into the mysterious realm that Houdini once called home and explore the science behind the curtain.

February 14, 6-10 p.m.
Tease your hair to the heavens, take an awkward photo booth picture with your date and make a toast with a glass of pre-spiked punch at Prom-si After Dark!

Game On!
February 28, 6-10 p.m.
Keep your wits about you as you calculate risk, execute attacks and tabulate probabilities in order to stay on the winning side at OMSI After Dark.

Do the Robot
March 28, 6-10 p.m.
Grinding gears and pulsating lasers, programming languages and the people who write them - all this and more makes up the world of robotics at OMSI After Dark.

$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: January 7, February 4, March 4

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:
January 13, 1-4 p.m.
January 27, 1-4 p.m.
February 10, 1-4 p.m.
February 24, 1-4 p.m.
March 10, 1-4 p.m.
March 24, 1-4 p.m.

Food Science Events

Cheese Making (SOLD OUT)
January 20, 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m.
Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We'll learn the art and science of making cow's milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class.

Bitter Making Workshop
February 3, 10 a.m. -- 12 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.
Bitters demystified! Learn how to make and use bitters in this hands-on workshop. This class will cover the history and science of bitters as well as basic formulas, tools, and processes to make bitter tinctures at home.

Blind Tasting Bingo
March 15, 6-9 p.m.
Test your mouth-mind connection. Blind Tasting Bingo is a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In the game, Bon Appetit Executive Chef, Kit Zhu, will present 14 distinct bites that players taste with their eyes covered, seeking to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will take home fun prizes!

Special Events

Designing Our World Engineering Seminar
January 10 & 11, 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Discover how to cultivate communities of engineering thinkers in a FREE two-day seminar for educators! This multifaceted workshop illuminates the social, relevant, and altruistic nature of engineering by introducing a variety of engineering activities with a strong focus on equity.
Other topics include: community partnerships, gender equity, family and adult engagement, working with role models, strategies for facilitation, evaluation resources, and much more!
Click here to register

OHSU Brain Fair
March 10, 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Learn about the amazing adaptive power of the brain when OBI's Brain Fair returns to OMSI on March 10. This year's "cerebral celebration" will include interactive exhibits, real human and animal brains, prizes, activities, and OHSU neuroscientists explaining and demonstrating their groundbreaking research.

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.

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(R) winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX(R) 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.

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean (shown in 2D or 3D)
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all--that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans, the source of all life on our planet, and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.

Journey to Space (shown in 2D or 3D)
A celebration of space exploration, Journey to Space takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next 20 years, culminating in a virtual voyage to the Red Planet.

Mysteries of the Unseen World
Scientists are on the threshold of extraordinary advances born of our drive to see all that is hidden in the world around us. Each day, trail-blazing researchers are pushing the envelope with new technologies to peer with increasing clarity into these once-invisible dimensions. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into these unseen worlds beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things that are too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.

National Parks Adventure (shown in 2D or 3D)
Narrated by Academy Award(R) winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX(R) 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

Wild Africa
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys, travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.

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 Symphony of the Stars
Brilliant laser imagery at its finest, choreographed to spectacular film scores, Broadway musicals and television themes. Perfect for families of all ages.

Evening Laser Shows (Fridays and Saturdays only)

8:15 pm
January: Led Zeppelin
February: Deadmau5
March: Michael Jackson

9:30 pm
January: Pink Floyd: The Wall
February: Pink Floyd: The Wall
March: Pink Floyd: The Wall

OMSI Contact Info
Phone: 503.797.4000
OMSI Media Contact: John Farmer,, 503-797-4517

Museum General Admission:
$14.50 (adults) | $9.75 (ages 3-13) | $11.25 (ages 63+)
Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $5.75 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: $5.75-$7.50 non-members | $4.75-$7.50 members