Included in General Admission | NOV 17, 2018 - JAN 1, 2019
Run, run as fast as you can! Take a sweet and smart look at the science behind a favorite holiday pastime—gingerbread houses! Expert bakers, architects, designers, and construction firms worked together to build towering sculptures to marvel at—and vote for!
Who was the most creative? Which is a feat of tasty engineering? You decide!
Presenting Sponsor: New Seasons Market
Supporting Sponsors: Bob's Red Mill and Macy's
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.
The Polar Express
On view through December 27
Before the film, be sure to visit OMSI's Gingerbread Adventures, free with museum admission!
Watch snowflakes float down the giant screen and feel the train rumble via 30,000 watts of digital surround sound when The Polar Express arrives at OMSI’s Empirical Theater this holiday season. Directed by Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis and starring two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, the film is based on the classic Caldecott award-wining children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg. Book your tickets now for this enchanting story of a young boy’s extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and his discovery that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Tickets available now! Purchase online, by telephone (503-797-4000) or at the OMSI box office.
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: G
How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop (All Ages)
Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to OMSI and learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread building. Put your tower on OMSI's shake table to see if it will survive “the Big One”!
This workshop is suggested for all ages.
Foodstuffs in this lab will include common allergens such as wheat, soy, and eggs.
Tickets are $20 per building; up to two people can work on each building.
How Does the Cookie Crumble? Gingerbread Workshop (18+)
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.
Fermentation and your Microbiome
Fermentation is one of the oldest and simplest means of preserving foods. It is also the best way to manage your gut microbiome, the ~100 trillion bacteria that live in your gut and change your health in a myriad of ways. In this class you will create a personalized batch of sauerkraut to take home, as well as learn the basics of making your own kombucha and what a SCOBY is. You will also get an introduction to your microbiome, and snack on some fermented foods while you learn about new scientific discoveries on the depth and breadth of how our microbiome influences our health.
One adult participant per ticket, children under 12 are welcome to share a ticket with an adult. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
Questions? email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
OMSI Studio Ghibli Retrospective: Eighteen Films over Eighteen Days
January 10- January 27
Tickets On Sale Soon!
Over a period of nearly 30 years, Japan's Studio Ghibli established itself as perhaps the world's finest producer of animated motion pictures. With a reputation for lush visuals, attention to detail and epic storytelling, Studio Ghibli eschewed commercial success to create intelligent, poetic, often fanciful films that embrace family, community, and a deep concern for the environment and our relationship with nature.
In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, the Empirical Theater is pleased to host our fourth annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective from January 10 through January 27. On exhibit are eighteen films including such popular favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.
Three selections are new to this year's Retrospective led by Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki a 2016 Japanese documentary recently released in the U.S. that covers Miyazaki's attempt to use CGI animation for the first time. Also in their Retrospective debuts are Isao Takahata's 1991 drama Only Yesterday – at once an ode to nature and an introspective tale of self-realization – and Miyazaki's 2013 historical biography The Wind Rises, the breathtakingly animated story of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi.
Please see below for a listing of Retrospective films. Information on show times and language versions will be published shortly. The format for all film screenings is DCP.
Ticket prices for each show are as follows:
$7 Adult / $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $1 off
Tickets may be purchased online at omsi.edu, at the OMSI front desk, or by telephone at 503-797-4000.
Castle in the Sky
Grave of the Fireflies
Howl's Moving Castle
Kiki's Delivery Service
My Neighbor Totoro
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
The Cat Returns
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Wind Rises
Whisper of the Heart
Science Pub Eugene: Neuroscience of Nematodes
Neuroeconomics, Marijuana, and Microscopic Worms: The Neurobiology of Choice and Drugs.
With Shawn Lockery, PhD, Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon and Co-founder & CTO of NemaMetrix, Inc.
January 10, 2019 | 6:30-8:30PM; Doors open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Details coming soon!
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.
LEGO® Egyptian Adventure
JAN 12 & 13, 2019| 10AM-5PM | AUDITORIUM
COST: Free for members; Included with Museum Admission
Connect to Egypt: Building Tutankhamun's World
See King Tut, Tut’s tomb, the Valley of the Kings, and other wonders of Ancient Egypt recreated with LEGO bricks! Plus, family-friendly play zones allow for hands-on building of pyramids and other fun projects.
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-797-4529
Meet A Scientist: January
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.
January 12 Topics
Come meet Prarthana!
January 26 Topics
Come meet Karla and Chelsea!
Science Pub Corvallis: Running Shoes
Biomechanics of Running Shoes: Is There an Ideal Shoe?
With Christine Pollard, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Oregon State University
January 14, 2019 | 6-8PM; Doors open @ 5PM | FREE, RSVP Required
Running shoes prevent injury and improve performance. Recent trends in running footwear include the dramatically different minimal and maximal shoes. Minimal running shoes provide little cushioning. Maximal shoes have a highly cushioned midsole. Join OSU-Cascades researcher Christine Pollard when she shares the latest on the influence of shoe styles on our legs, knees, and ankles. Her work may help you better choose your ideal running shoe.
Christine Pollard, the director of the Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Laboratory at Oregon State University-Cascades will be presenting on the peculiar findings the FORCE Lab team unearthed as regards HOKA ONE ONE maximal running shoes. The FORCE Lab has now twice found that maximal shoes actually provide less functional cushioning than traditional running shoes. Could too much of a good thing be bad for runners? If runners love their HOKAs, then the answer might be a resounding no, but if they hate them, the FORCE Lab’s next study might show why.
The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public.
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 email@example.com 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.
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also listen to their podcasts at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.
SOLD OUT: Lunch with Egyptologist, Kara Cooney
This event is sold out. NO additional tickets will be available at the door.
JAN 16, 2019 | 12-2PM | Doors open @ 11:30AM | All Ages
Join us for a delicious and educational luncheon during which Dr. Cooney will share her
experiences as an Egyptologist, and her knowledge of King Tutankhamun. Following lunch, you will have the chance to ask questions of Dr. Cooney and explore the exhibition.
Explore the subject matter of OMSI’s newest exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut, in-depth with Dr. Kara Cooney, Egyptologist, Associate Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art & Architecture at the University of California and Author of her most recent book When Women Ruled The World.
Tickets: $40 (OMSI Members receive 15% off) Includes lunch and entry to the exhibition.
Limited seating so get your tickets soon!
DR. KARA COONEY BIO
Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She is currently investigating coffin reuse during the Bronze Age Collapse, allowing her to examine funerary objects in dozens of museums around the world, including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Louvre in Paris, British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She appeared as lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen, and is the creator and host of Discovery’s Out of Egypt. Her book, The Woman Who Would be Queen, was published in 2014. In 2018 her book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, will be published by National Geographic Books. She lives in Los Angeles.
Lunch: Fajita Bar (should accomodate most dietary restrictions)
Grilled chicken with assorted toppings including sauted onions and peppers, vegetarian refried beans, Spanish rice, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. Served with corn tortillas. Snickerdoodle cookes for dessert. Water and ice tea included.