OMSI After Dark

Date: December 3, 2014
Cost: $13 Non-Members, $6.50 Members, Free OAD Members
Located at: OMSI Time: 6-10pm   Access: 21+ Only, ID Required

Fire & Ice. OMSI After Dark gets hot (and cold).

Where else can you find flaming ballons, ice sculptures and glacier researchers in one place? Turn up the heat on the science behind temperature. 

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 held the last Wednesday of every month.

Want to get a head start on the science fun? Drink up at happy hour starting at 5pm in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine. 

Tips for a Great Experience:

  • We recommend purchasing your ticket(s) online in advance
  • Carpooling is encouraged
  • Bring cash for bars (credit cards accepted in Theory)
  • Event begins at 6pm, but unless noted, all activities occur throughout the night

Contact: OMSI’s Events Team Call: 503.797.4642 Email: Buy

Demonstrations & Activities

Tornado of Fire

Fiery tornados are no longer the stuff of prophecy and dooms-day predictions. Come learn how fires can spiral out of control and watch as OMSI brings this twisting terror to life.

Flaming Balloons

Watch as OMSI takes it up a notch and set some things on fire!

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! Even better – eating ice cream made with liquid nitrogen LIVE by OMSI educators.

Feeling Chilly

Find out why menthol makes you feel cold and how it compares to temperature.

Feel the Burn

Ever wonder how peppers and hot sauces are rated? Test your taste-buds with scorching science.

Theremin on Fire

Check out this spooky, no contact musical instrument, and see what happens when fire is added.

Temperature & Solar Panels

Find out how heat and cold affect solar panel efficiency.

Hot Volcanoes on a Cold Winter’s Night

7 & 8:15pm in the Planetarium

Presented by John Ewert, Scientist-in-Charge USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Volcanoes around the world make news daily, and those in Portland's back yard can touch our lives. What are we learning? Why should you care?

Fire Dancers

performance schedule coming soon

Fire dancing, spinning and juggling.

The Unipiper

performance schedule coming soon

A unicycle, bag pipes and a Darth Vader costume. Enough said!

Features & Shows

Mini Hot Sauce Expo

Join us for a free sampling of local hot food products in the Auditorium along with some special programming.
7:00pm: Spicy Wing Eating Contest (to enter, send a facebook message to NW Elixirs)
7:30pm: John Ford of Ford's Fiery foods talks about the growing process and health benefits of spicy foods
8:00pm: Spicy Brownie Eating Contest (to enter, send a facebook message to NW Elixirs)  
Alameda Brewing
Breakside Brewing
Fatdog Mustard
Green Card Salsa
Hard Times Sauce Company
Hot Maple Foods
Kelly's Jelly
Marshall's Haute Sauce
NW Elixirs
Thrive Pacific NW

Fire & Ice Themed Vendors

Beam Suntory Spirits
Bullseye Glass
Mark Allyn
So Cold
Trackers Earth
Featured Exhibition: Animation
Explore the many sides of animation, including storyboarding, character design, and drawing techniquest to movement, timing, filming and sound. Larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit, which also examins the history of animation and features a screening room and a cartoon museum.

Food & Drink

Happy Hour
5-6pm in Theory
Get a jump start on the fun with happy hour in Theory, a re-imagined museum eatery that reinvents the dining experience. Enjoy food and drink specials for one hour prior to OMSI After Dark.


OMSI's eatery, Theory, will be open from 5-9:30pm. Come see where food meets science and check out the delicious menu featuring pizza, salad, fries and more!

Beer and wine will be available at three bars throughout the museum and in Theory.

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Upcoming OMSI After Dark Events

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OMSI After Dark: Animals
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OMSI After Dark: Mind Games
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