OMSI After Dark: Science of '97

OMSI After Dark: Science of '97 event image
MAR 29 | 6-10 PM

#Throwback to 1997 when Google was in its infancy and Dolly the sheep made headlines.  


Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or sample products from local artisans.


All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!


21+ Only | ID's Required

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.


OMSI After Dark PLUS Art of the Brick: $20/non-members, $12.50/OMSI Members and $5 for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders. There will be a limited number of Art of the Brick add-on tickets available at the door for OMSI After Dark-only ticketholders.


OMSI After Dark-only admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI Members and FREE for OMSI After Dark Access Pass Holders

DNA Extraction | On February 22nd, 1997 the world was introduced to Dolly, a domestic sheep and the first cloned mammal. Come learn about the DNA science that made cloning possible and perhaps even extract some of your own genetic material.


Potions Class | June 26th, 1997 saw the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Grab your wand and come explore some magical science in OMSI’s potions lab.


King of the World | On December 19th, 1997 Jack and Rose won their way into our hearts and brought the Titanic back into the limelight. Even though the movie is 20 years old and the ship is 106 year old, the science is timeless.


Soft Landing | Mars Pathfinder successfully landed on the surface of mars on July 4th, 1997, but this landing was no small feat. Come try your hand at engineering a soft landing for one of our “egg” rovers!


When Cloning Goes Wrong  | Clones contain an exact copy of an original organism’s DNA, but sometimes things go wrong.  Learn what happens when the copy isn’t a perfect match.



7PM - OHSU lecture about Dolly | February 22 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned and was born in July 1996.

8:15PM - Laser Jimi Hendrix

8:45PM - Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall

9:15PM - Laser 1990's


PRESENTATIONS - Empirical Theater

8:30PM - Looking Back at '97: The Development of the Monkey Model for HIV/AIDS and Progress Since with Andrew Sylwester, PhD, Immunologist in the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute at OHSU


TRIVIA - Auditorium

6:45, 7:45 & 8:45PM: Test Your 90's Knowledge | Are you smarter than the average Portlander when it comes to the '90's? Join us for a fun game of trivia at OMSI After Dark!

7:30, 8:30 & 9:30PM: Hula Hoopla with Flamebouyant



Cascade Sports Car Club | Andy Green sets supersonic land speed record-thurstssc.

Lewis & Clark College, Erik Nilsen | Turing Award - Douglas Carl Engelbart was an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on founding the field of human–computer interaction which resulted in the invention of the computer mouse.

FIAT | 1997 - The first all electric and hybrid vehicles hit the market.

Hillsboro Hops | Mark McGwire hits a 538 foot home run.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame | Michael Jackson inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Oregon Regional Primate Research Center | 1997: First primate created by embryonic cell nuclear transfer

PCC Criminal Justice | O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.



Nineteen27 S'mores


Delice Chocolates & Confections

Georgetown Brewing

Health-Ade Kombucha

Pelican Brewery

Portland Cider

Ruby Jewel Ice Cream

Tito's Vodka

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

Questions? Call 503.797.4642 or email

Ticketing questions call 503.797.4634

For more information about purchasing an OMSI After Dark Access Pass, please email or give us a call at 503.797.4634