OMSI After Dark

Date: May 27, 2015
Cost: $13 Non-Members, $6.50 Members, Free OAD Members Buy
Located at: OMSI Time: 6-10pm   Access: 21+ Only, ID Required

Wild Wild West

Bring your trusty sidekick and learn about our local rodeos, how to rope a bull and compete to find out who's the fastest gun in the west.

Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Watch aerialists fly overhead and enjoy a pint of beer while learning about the science behind cars, explosions, and cider — there's a new theme every month. All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21+ crowd filled with food, drink, music, and science fun!

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; parking is free for the event
  • 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 Ticketing: 503.797.4000 Email:

Demonstrations & Activities

Quick Draw

Compete to be the fastest gun in the west! Measure your reaction time to see if you can measure up to the actual fastest guns in the west.

Sounds of the West

Make the soundtrack to your very own wild west scenes with the help of our Makey Makey.

When You're Hot, You're Hot

Learn about how your body regulates temperature and how that compares to various desert critters.

There's a Rock in My Boot

Uh oh, you were out cruising the frontier and got a rock in your boot! Learn how different minerals get identified and find out if luck just made you rich.

Wish Upon a Pony

6-8pm -  Front Plaza
For the first two hours of OMSI After Dark, come meet a pony. You can pet the pony and take a picture but unfortunately no rides are allowed.

Pendleton Round-up: Oregon's Legendary Rodeo with author Michael Bales

8:30pm - Planetarium
The Round-Up, one of the oldest and most popular rodeos and celebrations of western life in North America, put a remote frontier town on the map and brought worldwide attention to Oregon starting more than a century ago.

Science Fiction and the American West: Firefly, Serenity, and whole lot more with author Carl Abbott

7:15pm - Planetarium
The American West has been a powerful stimulus to the science fiction imagination from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Josh Whedon. This talk explores how the West and "westerns" have shaped the stories that science fiction tells.

Features & Shows

Leapin' Louie Comedy Show

7:15, 8:15, 9:15pm - Auditorium Stage

Enjoy a show of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling and more.

The Killingtree Revival Country Band

6:45, 7:45 & 8:45pm -  Auditorium Stage

Enjoy some country and western music by a local band.

Themed Vendors

Donohue Horsemanship
Escapism - Wild West Version
Photo Graffiti Wall NW
Shanghai Tunnels
SW Washington Gold Prospectors
The History Museum of Hood River County
Vancouver Rodeo

Explore our current exhibition, Ripley's Believe It or Not! (opens May 23)
This 6000 sq ft highly interactive traveling exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Through experiments, challenges, touchable specimens, computer interactive and multimedia experiences, visitors of all ages will delve into these astounding wonders by exploring through seven themed zones.

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.

Featured Vendors

Upcoming OMSI After Dark Events

OMSI After Dark: Bourbon & Bacon
Sat. Jun. 13, 7:30-11pm at OMSI
Bourbon & Bacon. Nosh your way through some of the best bourbon and food the Pacific Northwest h…
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OMSI After Dark: Cider & Seeds
Wed. Jun. 24, 7-11pm at OMSI
Grow your cider know-how at OMSI After Dark.Drink up as we toast the history, tradition, and scienc…
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OMSI After Dark: Science in the Fast Lane
Wed. Jul. 29, 7-11pm at OMSI
Satisfy your need for speed at OMSI After Dark.On your mark, get set, GO to OMSI as we pick up the…
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OMSI After Dark: Explosions!
Wed. Aug. 26, 7-11pm at OMSI
Things that make you go boom at OMSI After Dark!Explore all things explosive as we blow the lid off…
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OMSI After Dark: Brewfest
Wed. Sep. 30, 6-10pm at OMSI
Science is brewing at the 5th annual OMSI After Dark Brewfest.Don't just drink beer, learn beer! At…
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OMSI After Dark: Spirits
Wed. Oct. 28, 6-10pm at OMSI
Get in the spirit at OMSI After Dark.Ghosts, goblins, and whiskey, oh my! Get in the spirit and cel…
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OMSI After Dark: Sounds of Science
Wed. Dec. 2, 6-10pm at OMSI
OMSI After Dark gets musical.Discover the difference between discord and harmony as OMSI breaks dow…
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Science Store

Visit the OMSI Science StoreThe OMSI Science Store has the perfect mix of educational and entertaining gifts, games, and gadgets. Shop in the museum or online.
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Private Events

Looking to host your own event?

OMSI offers event space that can accommodate 12-2,500 people with sustainable food services provided by Bon Appétit. Our interactive exhibits and riverfront views makes OMSI your unique event destination.