Playing with Light


Immerse yourself in the technology, wonders, and science of light in a new exhibit, Playing with Light, opening May 17 at OMSI.

Media Contact: Annemarie Eayrs | P: 503-797-4510


Picture 20,000 individual LED lights illuminating a tunnel that you can walk through. Now imagine being able to manipulate those lights to follow your every movement. This is the new exhibition, Playing with Light, opening at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Full-body interactive exhibits will encourage visitors to engage in an array of exciting and amazing light-, laser-, and lens-based experiences. You can freeze your shadows, mix colored lights, make a laser beam bounce down a stream of water, and more!

Visitors of all ages are also encouraged to tinker with technology-focused exhibit elements involving light islands, fiber-optics, and lenses. They can exercise their imagination by painting with light using special virtual paint brushes and by designing unique drawings on iPads that will project on the wall.

Playing With Light showcases both the science of light and its beauty,” shared Katie Forbes, Interim Director of Museum and Campus Engagement at OMSI. “Guests will have a blast using their creativity and imagination while experimenting with all the light and visualization experiences the exhibit has to offer.”

Playing with Light was created by Scitech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions.

“Imagine Exhibitions is proud to partner with Scitech to bring Playing with Light to OMSI,”  said Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “Playing With Light is a beautiful and truly fun exhibition that encourages visitors to play while gaining a unique insight into current light technology.”

Playing With Light opens Saturday, May 17 2024, and runs through January 6, 2025. The exhibition is included with the cost of museum admission.  Learn more at

Tickets & Pricing

Museum Admission, including access to Playing With Light and OMSI’s feature exhibition, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family : Adult $19, Youth (ages 3-13) $14, Senior (age 63+) $16. Guests can purchase tickets at

The exhibit is free for OMSI Members. Learn more about membership at

Museum Hours of Operation

Tuesday–Friday & Sunday: 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am–7:00 pm

Summer Hours Starting June 17, 2024

Sunday–Friday: 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am–7:00 pm

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums and a trusted educational resource for communities throughout Oregon and the region. Through museum exhibitions, public programs, traveling exhibitions, and digital learning, OMSI nourishes a lifelong love of science, curiosity, and learning among its diverse audiences. The upcoming OMSI District will be a one-of-a-kind neighborhood with innovation, culture, and science learning at its heart. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit Connect with the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Imagine Exhibitions
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, with millions of people around the world visiting our exhibitions each year. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About Scitech
Explore your world through wonder! Scitech is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase awareness, interest, capability, and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information visit