Featured Exhibit: BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through all stages of life with an up-close view of 100+ real human specimens. The newest BODY WORLDS exhibit, The Cycle of Life, showcases the wonders of human development while demonstrating how lifestyle choices can shape our bodies.
CANCELLED - Mesmerica
With the news from Governor Brown that all large gatherings are cancelled for the next 8 weeks, OMSI has made the decision to cancel Mesmerica shows in March and April. In addition, OMSI will be closed to the public until the end of April. We hold our community's health and safety as a top priority.
Mesmerica shows will continue as soon as possible. Please contact the Mesmerica Customer Service Team at email@example.com to exchange your tickets.
Thank you for your support!
THIS IS NOT AN OMSI SPONSORED EVENT. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA EVENTBRITE. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A LIVE PERFORMANCE. MUSIC AND VISUALS HAVE BEEN PRE-RECORDED.
Need to make changes to your tickets? Please contact the box office at jameshood.com/customer-service
Please be wary of third-party sellers! The best way to ensure you have valid tickets is to purchase directly from the Eventbrite listing
James Hood’s MESMERICA Immersive Visual Music Concert Portland Premiere at The Kendall Planetarium
In these fast-paced, and often challenging times, music and art can provide us with relief from stress, and provide us with a sense of peace, tranquility, and renewal.
Experience the magic of this 360 degree immersive art and music cinema experience in the OMSI Kendall Planetarium.
Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist, James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world to create an immersive, transcendant experience designed to soothe the mind and stimulate the senses.
Mesmerica premiered at the Fleet Planetarium in San Diego, California in June 2018 to two sold-out audiences and has been consitently filling venues with ongoing performances since October.
We're delighted to now bring it to Portland for special weekend night cinema showings.
For more information, visit www.jameshood.com/mesmerica
For questions about this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
$2 Days at OMSI
$2 Days at OMSI
Explore the museum and all permanent exhibits for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.
Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Cat Behavior
How to watch the event:
Go to OMSI's main facebook page at 6:15pm. Here's a link: https://www.facebook.com/omsi.museum/ You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Also, watch for scammers trying to get you to sign up for the event. OMSI will NOT send you a request to sign up to view the Facebook Live event.
If you are unable to join us on Facebook, we will post the video to OMSI's Youtube channel following the day.
Each event will begin with our 10 question trivia game. Grab a pencil and paper and compete against your family! We will also host Q&A after the lecture. In order to ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook.
Thanks to our video partner, Selestream for providing the live-streaming of Science Pub and ASL Interpreters provided by Fingers Crossed Interpreting!
The Science of Cat Social Lives: Improving Cat-Human Relationships
With Kristyn Vitale, PhD, Instructor and Researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University
April 7, 2020 | Virtual Edition | 6:30-8:30PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Millions of humans worldwide share their homes with cats. Despite the popularity of companion cats in our homes, relatively little scientific research has been conducted on cat behavior or the human-cat relationship. The lack of research in this field may in part stem from common stereotypes that cats are unsocial or untrainable. Yet, the science that does exist indicates cats have rich and complex social lives with both other cats and humans.
In this talk, Dr. Kristyn Vitale of the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab will discuss the current science behind cat social cognition. She will explore the behavior of outdoor cats living socially in colonies as well as the socio-cognitive abilities of pet cats including their ability to respond to human behavior or bond with their owners. She will also describe how to improve communication with your cat through training and enrichment opportunities that allow cats to engage in natural behaviors.
Kristyn Vitale, PhD, is a specialist in cat behavior and training who has worked with cats for the past 15 years. She completed a Master’s in Environmental Science at Miami University (Ohio) where she studied the social behavior of colony cats living on a farm. She received her PhD in Animal Science from Oregon State University where she examined cat social cognition and the influence of kitten training and socialization classes on the cat-human bond. She also served as a Visiting Research Fellow at Kyoto University in Japan where she conducted cross-cultural research into the cat-human relationship. Her research has been internationally featured in media outlets such as National Geographic, Science Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Times of London, and DER SPIEGEL. You can follow more of Kristyn's work on Instagram: @maueyes
Science Pub Portland - Virtual Edition is a weekly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for knowledge! If you enjoy the program, please consider making a donation.
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com
If you missed our last virtual Science Pub with Dr. Scott Burns, click here to watch the video!
CANCELED - Science Pub Portland: Light, Sight, Vision
This Science Pub lecture has been canceled. We hope to reschedule this lecture. Keep an eye on the website for updates.
Light, Sight, Vision
With David Wilson, MD, Director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute
April 7, 2020 | Doors Open @ 6PM | Theory will be open from 5-7PM
$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 2pm the day of the event; see below for details.
How does light interact with our eyes to create sight and vision? This lecture will discuss how both artists and neuroscientists have explored this question, and reached surprisingly similar conclusions. The lecture will also highlight the functioning of the visual system by comparing the human visual system to that of other animals and optical devices. Finally, the lecture will discuss how physicians are able to examine and treat the human eye at the microscopic, even molecular level to diagnose and treat eye disease.
Dr. Wilson is the Director of the Casey Eye Institute, and Paul H. Casey Chair in Ophthalmology of the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He assumed the directorship of ophthalmology in 2005. Before becoming Director of the Institute, he served as Director of the Department of Ophthalmology residency program and the retina fellowship program. Dr. Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Stanford University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at OHSU, a research and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, John Hopkins University and a fellowship in Retinal and Vitreous Surgery at Ophthalmic Consultants in Boston before returning to OHSU as a faculty member. Dr. Wilson’s is a retina specialist whose primary areas of interest include eye pathology, clinicopathologic correlation of ocular disease, macular degeneration, gene and cell-based therapy, and ocular oncology
OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2:00pm the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.
If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.
Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!
OMSI's restaurant, Theory will be open from 5-7pm. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, salad, ice cream plus draft beer and cider. The Empirical Cafe will also be open from 5-7:30pm with snacks, sandwiches, and bottled beer, wine and cider.
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.797.4529.
CANCELED - Science Pub Eugene: Toxic Amphibians of Oregon
This Science Pub has been canceled and will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
Toxic Amphibians of Oregon: Newt and Toad Lickers Take Note!
With Tom Titus, PhD, Research Biologist in the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon
April 9, 2020 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Amphibian skin is far more interesting and perilous than our own, with a host of glands that produce a fascinating array of toxins. If you were tempted to take that dare and swallow a newt, or seek out new hallucinogenic horizons by running your tongue over a toad’s skin, think twice. Some Willamette Valley newts contain enough nerve toxin to kill ten adult humans, and although the skin of the western toad won’t give you warts, it contains a cocktail of cardiotoxins that can send your heart permanently off to the races. Discover why rough-skinned newts really should be afraid of snakes, and why the snakes that eat them have little to fear of being eaten by anything.
Tom A. Titus is a retired University of Oregon research associate, herpetologist, and author. For 25 years he has taught the popular University of Oregon course “Amphibians and Reptiles of Oregon.” Tom received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, where he studied evolutionary genetics and life history evolution of lungless salamanders. He has authored and coauthored over 30 papers on evolutionary genetics and gene expression of amphibians, reptiles, and fishes. Tom’s popular writing has appeared in Oregon Quarterly Magazine, and his latest book, “Palindrome: Grateful Reflections From the Home Ground,” is a collection of short essays and poems celebrating the emerald ripple of the Pacific Northwest. After all these years, Tom still thinks salamanders are the coolest animals walking the planet.
Science Pub Eugene is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com.
Bitters Making Workshop
Bitters demystified! Learn how to make and use bitters in this hands-on workshop. This class will cover the history and science of bitters as well as basic formulas, tools, and processes to make bitter tinctures at home. Participants will have the opportunity to do tastings of various commercial bitters brands, as well as 36+ individual tinctures, and will blend two batches of bitters to take home.
One participant per ticket. Ages 21 and up, General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket. All Maker Workshops are 15% off for museum members.
Meet A Scientist: April
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.
April 11 Topics
- Cancelled as part of OMSI's Covid-19 closure.
April 25 Topics
- Explore water samples and underwater food webs with Chrissy!
- Meet a Scientist will have adjusted hours during this event, come visit us from 12-3!
Make soap from scratch to take home while learning about the awesome chemistry of soap molecules! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances.
Recommended for ages 6 and up with an adult, 12 and up without. General Admission and parking are not included in the price of the ticket.
One ticket per batch of soap. | Maximum three participants per ticket.
Time: 10AM - 12PM
CANCELED - Science Pub Corvallis: Forest Ecology
This Science Pub has been canceled and will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the website for more details.
The Ecology of Surprise: Ecology and Ethics in an Old-Growth Forest
With Michael Nelson, PhD, Director, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Program in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University
April 13, 2020 | 6-8PM; Doors open @ 5PM | FREE, RSVP Required - Registration opens March 23
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation with Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental philosophy and ethics at Oregon State University. He leads the Long Term Ecological Research program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
Located in the Cascades east of Eugene, the Andrews Forest has yielded surprising scientific discoveries that have changed our understanding of forest ecosystems. Nelson will share some of those surprises and present a new way to see science as a novel way into ethics.
Michael Paul Nelson is the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. “Michael is different from most philosophers. He’s funny and irreverent and worried about the world, and especially about wolves.” – Kathleen Dean Moore, Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public.
RSVP for the Next Science Pub
Due to the continuing popularity of Science Pub, we are implementing a ticketing/RSVP process. Please read the specifics below.
- Limit of two free tickets per person.
- Registration opens three weeks prior to each Science Pub and is limited to the first 100 tickets.
- Available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the link above or by calling 541-737-4717.
- Advanced registration recommended to guarantee a ticket/seat.
- Only register if you plan on attending please.
- If plans change, please cancel your reservation via your initial confirmation email or by calling 541-737-4717.
- Walk-ins welcome, but seating will not be guaranteed and is based on availability.
- Register for the Science Pub listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-4717.
Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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You can also listen to their podcasts at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.
Miso Making Workshop
In this workshop participants will discover the history and science of miso, taste different types, and craft a batch of red miso to take home. Learn useful tips for how to use miso in the kitchen while enjoying a fresh bowl of traditional miso soup.
One ticket per batch of miso, 1 adult per ticket. Children 8-16 are welcome to share a ticket with an adult. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket. All Maker Workshops are 15% off for museum members.
Foodstuffs in this lab include soy, a common allergen.
CANCELED Reel Eats: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Reel Eats taps into the senses using both cinema and cuisine. Each curated bite is tucked away in different numbered boxes matching key moments in the film, enhancing the narrative in electrifying ways. Come join us for this quarterly film series and experience the silver screen like never before.
6:15PM | Doors open; guests arrive and will be greeted with a tray of numbered boxes
7:00PM | Introduction and event instructions
7:15PM | Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off(Duration: 1 hr. 43 mins. | Rating: PG-13
ABOUT THE FILM
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
Tickets: $35 per person (due to the nature of the event, no dietary restrictions can be accommodated)
The Empirical Theater seats 300 guests. Due to event logistics, we sell a maximum of 250 tickets to this event so there is no need to arrive extra early to reserve a seat. Doors open at 6:15pm and we aim to begin the event promptly at 7pm.
The tasting menu that accompanies the film consists of 8 food items that average 3 bites. If you would like to purchase beverages or additional food from the Empirical Café prior to the event, please plan on arriving early. The café will be open until 8pm should you wish to get something additional during the movie.