Melt & Pour Soap Making
A special holiday edition of our popular soap making class! Learn about the science of soap molecules and why soap is so great at cleaning. Let your creativity guide you as you melt down already–prepared soap and add ingredients to make unique bars that are ready for immediate use.
One ticket per batch of soap, maximum three participants per ticket.
Recommended for ages 12+ without an adult or 6+ with an adult. General Admission and parking are not included in the price of admission.
Meet A Scientist: December
Included in General Admission | Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. This program, held on the second Saturday 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.
December 14 Topics
Come meet Ashley, George, Phylicia, Sarah, Benjamin, and Katie!
- Do you know what happens after you flush the toilet or put food down the drain? Come learn how wastewater is treated and how we can use it to produce renewable energy!
- Learn the fascinating and unique structure of the inner ear, and discover how it tells different sounds apart.
- How does electricity get to your house? Let's bring electricity to a village without any power, while learning how to balance the power that travels between power plants and houses.
- Find out how hearing loss occurs, and potential treatments that are in progress.
- Learn how different factors in the environment may impact the risk of tick-borne illnesses in humans.
- Have you ever wondered how people get cancer? Here's an interactive (and safe) way to find out!
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.
Travel to fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and uncover the fascinating secrets of this amazing place. Learn how spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
THIS IS NOT AN OMSI SPONSORED EVENT. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA EVENTBRITE. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A LIVE PERFORMANCE.
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
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Brad Pitt gives a powerful performance in this, “absolutely enthralling” (Rolling Stone), sci-fi thriller set in space. When a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) goes on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.
Duration: 124 mins. | Rating: PG-13
From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend.
One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.
Duration: 98 mins. | Rating: Not Rated (Recommended Ages 13 and up) | Presented Dec. 6 in Chinese with English subtitles and Dec 7 & 8 dubbed in English.
Science Pub Portland: Ocean Plastics
NEW LOCATION! We are excited to announce that we are moving one of our regular Science Pub events to the Kennedy School Theater! We will be there every 3rd Tuesday of the month!
Plastics, Bivalves, and a Straw Cape
with Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway; Britta Baechler, PhD Candidate, Portland State University; and Chanel Hason of Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
December 17, 2019 | Doors Open @ 5:30PM | 7-9PM | Suggested donation $5pp
We’ve all seen the video of a sea turtle with a straw up its nose, but there’s a lot more to the story of plastic pollution than we all think. For instance, did you know that plastic pollution in the ocean was first reported in research articles in the early 1970s? Or that micro plastics have been found in clams and oysters right here in Oregon? What about that straws and stirrers are the third most common item found in beach cleanups?
Come for a unique presentation blending science, art, and activism from three people working to change the story of plastic here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll be hearing from Nancy Judd, Britta Baechlor, and Chanel Hason, who will be sharing how plastics are impacting some of our smallest critters, and what is being done to raise awareness of plastic pollution both here and across the US. Nancy will also lead audience members in an arts integration activity to reflect upon Britta’s research in creative ways.
Nancy Judd is an internationally recognized artist, environmental advocate and teaching artist. For over 20 years she has been creating art exhibitions made from trash that engage people in conversations about how we live on the earth. Nancy exhibits her work in public airports and museums and one of her pieces is in the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection. In her work as a teaching artist, Nancy provides arts integration to students in classrooms and adults in training settings. www.NancyJudd.com.
Britta Baechler is a graduate student in the Applied Coastal Ecology lab at Portland State University conducting research on microplastics in razor clams and Pacific oysters on the Oregon Coast. She became concerned about the state of the marine environment after encountering marine debris and trash while studying and working in the Caribbean, Aleutian Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and here in the Pacific Northwest.
Chanel Hason is the volunteer Chair and Communications Lead of the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for over 2 years. She graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology & Policy, focusing on Marine and Coastal Ecology. More recently, she attended PSU earning a M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education. Her background in marine conservation and environmental education are what drives her to be an active citizen scientist.
Science Pub Portland at McMenamins Kennedy School 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!
Kennedy School Theater has everything from pizza to burgers to popcorn and candy. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5:30pm.
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How Does the Cookie Crumble? 18+ Workshop
Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread house. Put your tower on OMSI's shake table to see if it will survive the Big One!
This workshop is suggested for ages 18+. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.
Tickets are $20 per house; up to two people can work on each house. OMSI Members get 15% off!
Submarine Tech Tour
We offer our three hour-long Guided Tech Tour on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. This special tour guided by an actual submarine veteran is for those that would like to learn more about the technical workings of the Blueback. The maximum tour size is 8 people, so plan ahead and reserve your spot. Tech Tours are for ages 12 and above. We also recommended that a regular tour be taken prior to a Tech Tour.
Cider Making Workshop
Cider drinking is a lost American tradition, recapture it here and learn how to make your own! Participants will explore the history and science of cider, as well as learn the steps to turning a half gallon of apple juice from the store into delicious hard cider to drink at home.
Ages 21+, one participant per ticket. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket. All Maker Workshops are 15% off for museum members.
10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm
$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.
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. Makes a great holiday gift!
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.
Time: 6PM - 8PM