Vernier Design Lab
Included in General Admission | The Vernier Design Lab features engaging, in-depth units on different aspects of technology, including Security, Biomedical, Robots and Computers, Communications, and Household Technology. The units rotate frequently, so that every time you visit OMSI you'll find something new to do in the lab!
Tues, Fri | 1:30-5:00PM
Wed, Sat | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Thurs, Sun, & Mon (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Laser Movie Madness
Music from the movies is brought to life in Laser Movie Madness, featuring a compilation of soundtrack favorites set to spectacular lasers. Song selections include the Theme from Jurassic Park, Circle of Life from the Lion King, and more.
TOTALITY is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. This new planetarium show examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. TOTALITY also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse. The show is followed with an update on the total solar eclipse in Oregon on August 21, 2017.
Edible Cinema: The Matrix
This event has sold out. Stay tuned for information on our next Edible Cinema!
Want to see The Matrix? Join us for Reel Science on Wednesday, May 10 featuring a screening of The Matrix and presentations by local studios on the latest in Virtual Reality!
Edible Cinema is a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Perfect for food and film lovers alike, this quarterly series combines good food with the fun of movie night as expert chefs curate a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film.
6:30PM | Doors open, pick up your tray of numbered boxes and find a seat.
7:00PM | Introduction and event instructions
7:05PM | Movie: The Matrix (Duration: 2 hr. 16 mins. | Rating: R)
Please Note: No dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
ABOUT THE FILM
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Release date: March 31, 1999
Director: The Wachowski Brothers
In addition to the bite-sized tasting menu, the Empirical Cafe will be serving burritos, hotdogs, grilled cheese, and movie snacks, plus beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerusalem immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this small piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make Jerusalem a unique and stunning cinematic experience.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
The Lego Batman Movie
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - LEGO Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from The LEGO Movie as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis stars as The Joker; Michael Cera as the orphan Dick Grayson, aka Robin; Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred.
"It's a story with heart, heady humor and action - parts that snap together, with a satisfying click, like, well, you know what." Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Duration: 106 mins. | Rating: PG
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
"A swiftly paced, rough-and-ready entertainment that, in anticipating the canonical events of A New Hope, manages the tricky feat of seeming at once casually diverting and hugely consequential." Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Duration: 133 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Science Pub Portland: Glaciers
Glacier in the American West: A History of their Recent Past and a Glimpse into their Potential Future
With Andrew Fountain, PhD, Professor of Geography and Geology at Portland State University
May 4, 2017 | Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Glaciers are amazing features, persistent formations of snow and ice even during the hottest of summers. For a long time the nature of their movement was controversial and in the continental US glaciers were unknown to science until 1871. We all know that glaciers are sensitive indicators of climate; they grow during cold snowy times and shrink during warm dry ones, although exceptions to this common sense rule do exist. The exploration of the glaciers in the American West and how have they changed since that time is a fascinating story that has roots in Portland.
Dr. Andrew G. Fountain will explore the changing glaciers of Oregon and of the American West against the backdrop of glaciers globally including the two big ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica. The presentation will show how the glaciers have changed over the past century, discuss the relevancy of glaciers, and consider what the future might bring.
Andrew G. Fountain, Ph.D. has studied glaciers for the past three decades, getting his start in the Cascade Range of Washington. His studies have taken him to Alaska, Arctic Sweden, and Antarctica. He recently visited Antarctica in January 2017 and has a new study in Arctic Sweden this summer after an absence of 10 years. His current focus is glacier change in the American West (not including Alaska). He is a professor of geology and geography at Portland State University, an honorary fellow of several scientific societies, has won a number of awards for research, and has been an international fellow to Great Britain and Japan.
Science Pub Mission is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone. No RSVP or scientifict 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.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please visit the McMenamins Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
Flight of the Butterflies | 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.
Duration: 44 mins. | Rating: All Ages
D-Day: Normandy 1944
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day blends animation, CGI and stunning live-action images in exploring the history, military strategy, science, technology and human values involved in this monumental event.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: Ages 6 & Up
Wild Africa | 3D
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
Cinco De Mayo:The Battle
Mexican filmmaker Rafa Lara considered one of the biggest sensations in the movie industry returns to Portland to present a film he both wrote and directed, the 2013 epic Cinco De Mayo: The Battle.
Cinco De Mayo:The Battle chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the imposing French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza (Kuno Becker) must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. The film recounts the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride. The biggest budget Mexican film of all time, Cinco De Mayo:The Battle features an all-star cast, including Angelica Aragon, Kuno Becker, Mario Zaragoza, Liz Gallardo and Christian Vasquez.
Join us on May 5th for this magnificent production and the opportunity to meet director Rafa Lara.
This event is presented by VERSI APP "Something Better" in collaboration with Literary Arts, OMSI, Hispanicpros and The Portland Latin American Film Festival.
Duration: 126 mins. | Rating: R | Language: Spanish with English subtitles