This museum offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, and chemistry as well as traveling exhibits and ... More
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
This museum offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, and chemistry as well as traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, the Omnimax Theater, a submarine tour, a motion simulator ride, and a cafe. Enjoy the new palatial digs on the Willamette River.
It's a great place for kids and adults. It is definitely geared more towards a younger audience, but it is certainly still fun for the adults. People who said they got charged *more* for parking in the parking lot are just confused. It's not that you pay MORE, but rather if you take public transit they reward you with a small discount. It is a bit pricey, but I would definitely say it is worth it.
I only recommend going to OMSI on the first Sunday of the month(its their discount day). It's definately not worth the price! The museum part cost $11 dollars per adult and $9 per child and its extra to see any thing else. When I bought my tickets the guy at the counter asked if I parked in the parking lot I said yes so he charged me more. Not to mention the exhibits weren't that great!
My girlfriend and I generally like hands on museums and learning new things but this one was definitely geared towards children with not much to offer adults. The one exception was a new feature opening during our visit of a suspended globe with four projectors aimed at it. They could pull up the Earth, different planets and moons, and different maps of various things in our solar system, along with temp and ocean current maps (and many many others). We won't be back until we have children.
This was one of our favorite places until we saw the display of actual human fetuses. We love the learning, but the lack of respect for human life was appalling. We asked about the origin of the displays and were dismissed and demeaned. We used to go 3-4 times a year, and haven't been back since. Other than that, the educational experience is excellent.
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