OMSI After Dark

Date: January 28, 2015
Cost: $13 Non-Members, $6.50 Members, Free OAD Members Buy
Located at: OMSI Time: 6-10pm   Access: 21+ Only, ID Required

Sugar. Sweet science at OMSI After Dark.

Learn about why we crave the sweet stuff and how it affects us inside and out.

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:

Demonstrations & Activities

Marshmallows in Spaaaaaaace

When a delicious confection made of fluffed sugar meets a vacuum chamber the results can be explosive!

Caramel Apples of the Future

Using new techniques in the category Molecular Gastronomy, we bring a classic treat into the modern age.

Scent Balloons

Can you identify that smell? Learn about the science of taste with these smelly balloons.

Sugar Flare

What kind of energy boost can you get out of your sugary snack? What if it was on fire? Come find out!

Sugar in Drinks

What has more sugar, chocolate milk or pepsi, compare them with nutrition facts and a refractometer to find out for certain!

Cake Decorating Demo w/Miss Zumstein

Learn the intricacies of cake decoration using the basket weave and get some tips on using royal icing.

Sugar vs. Sweeteners Demo w/Quin Candy

Listen to Jami Curl, expert candy maker (Quin Candy), explain her thoughts on industrially made candy vs. her approach, and the pros and cons of sugars and sweeteners. Enjoy samples along the way.

Features & Shows

AWOL Dance Collective

6:15, 7:00 & 7:45pm - Main Lobby
Mingling the worlds of dance and aerial, AWOL ignites a wonder and curiosity of what can happen when a human body takes flight.

Devil's Food Cupcake Art Car

Mobile - 7-9pm
Meet Paige Tashner and check out her mobile cupcake car art. You might have seen her at Burning Man or OMSI's own Mini Maker Faire. 

All Sugars Are NOT Created Equal

7 & 9pm in the Planetarium
w/Cory Szybala, ND, National College of Natural Medicine. This will include a brief overview of the basics (Sugars 101) followed by the physiology and biochemistry associated with the consumption and breakdown of different sugars, their potential for causing disease and finally how to make healthier choices.

Sugar Themed Vendors

Bruce's Candy Kitchen
Divine Pie
Miss Zumstein
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Quin Candy
Ruby Jewel
So Cold Shaved Ice Featured Exhibition: Mazes Exhibition - Opens Feb 7
Maneuver your way through this mind boggling collection of mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games - an unforgettable adventure that's sure to challenge, entertain and amaze visitors of all ages.

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

OMSI After Dark: Sugar
Wed. Jan. 28, 6-10pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Science of Sex
Sat. Feb. 14, 7-11pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Animals
Wed. Feb. 25, 6-10pm at OMSI
Take a walk on the wild side at OMSI After Dark.Take a peek into the animal kingdom, come face to f…
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OMSI After Dark: Mind Games
Wed. Mar. 25, 6-10pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Man vs. Machine
Wed. Apr. 29, 6-10pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Wild Wild West
Wed. May. 27, 6-10pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Cider & Seeds
Wed. Jun. 24, 7-11pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Explosions!
Wed. Jul. 29, 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: Science in the Fast Lane
Wed. Aug. 26, 7-11pm at OMSI
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OMSI After Dark: Brewfest
Wed. Sep. 30, 6-10pm at OMSI
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