Inclusive Access

OMSI is committed to ensuring that its spaces and experiences are welcoming, accessible, and usable to all visitors, regardless of ability. This commitment includes continually evaluating and updating our policies and practices to eliminate physical, sensory, structural, and institutional barriers to full participation. For more information about accessibility resources and amenities , please contact us at Info@OMSI.edu or (503) 797-4000.

Resources for Museum Visitors

Parking + Arrival

There are eight accessible parking spaces available, including two van-accessible spaces. Visitors may be dropped off and picked up at the loading area in front of the main entrance. The barrier-free entrance to OMSI is located at the far right hand side of the main entrance. This door is fully accessible with push button entry.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the Concierge Window, at no charge, and on a first-come, first served basis. ID is required as a deposit. All exhibit and lab areas are wheelchair/scooter accessible with the exception of the USS Blueback submarine. While all exhibits and labs are visual, many have additional auditory or tactile components that invite visitor participation. Staff are available to assist visitors in all exhibit and lab areas.

Visual + Audio Resources

Currently, OMSI’s Water Avenue Campus offers free Aira Visual Interpretation Service via the Aira app. The Empirical Theater also offers assistive visual and audio resources including presentation scripts, CaptiView closed-caption (CC) viewing devices, Fidelio RX audio description and volume amplification units, and Williams Sound NKL-001 neck loops designed to work with hearing aids. Please contact guest services for more information.

Sensory Resources

Sensory kits are available. Please contact guest services at the front ticket counter or the concierge desk to borrow one of these resources.

Companion Tickets

Professional aides accompanying a visitor with a disability receive free museum admission. One aide per visitor.

Service Animals

Service animals are always welcome at OMSI. Emotional support animals are not recognized under the ADA as service animals and are not allowed at OMSI.

Personal Care

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located throughout the museum. Quiet rooms, family restrooms and single user restrooms are located in Science Playground and the Curium. An all user restroom is located in the planetarium hall.

Emergency Assistance

A first aid room and trained first responders are available at all times. OMSI security and staff are trained to assist you in the event of a fire evacuation or other emergency.

Re-entry

Re-entry is permitted with a wristband if you need to leave the building for a break and re-enter later in the day.

Preview Our Spaces

Explore all the Museum Exhibits + Labs to learn more about what to expect during your Museum visit.

Resources for Campers

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and play in an accessible, safe, and inclusive environment. We strive to build an open and welcoming atmosphere so everyone feels empowered to be their true selves. Explore our camp facilities at Camp Gray and Camp Hancock to learn more.