Starry Nights Live!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI space science educator.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced sing sing). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky?
When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu "travel" to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. For example, they can't fly a kite there because there is no wind. The fuzzy friends then excitedly realize that children like to fly kites in both China and the United States!
Laser Dance of Light
Dance of Light is a fun visual and musical introduction to Classical music for audiences of all ages. A collection of some of the most widely known classical pieces, Laser Dance of Light is just as entertaining for fans of classical music as it is for those new to the genre.
The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined. As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe. With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it—and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of 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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One of the most awarded artists of all time, Beyonce knows how to put on a show! Don't miss your chance to enjoy your favorite hits from Queen Bey accompanied by vibrant laser lights.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Duration: 45 mins.
Star Party: Summer Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the beginning of summer with a free Star Party!
From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescope and binoculars. Viewing highlights include Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and much more!
Join us as we gaze at the pre-summer night sky at the OMSI bridge lot, located 1945 SE Water Ave. This free event starts at sunset and is free parking.
On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.
OMSI Bridge Lot | 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | The park is located 34 miles west of Portland. Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle.
Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
New at OMSI! Some of the best telescope views of the night sky come from the planets, particularly the five planets visible from your own backyard. But, you wonder, which planets are out tonight and where should I look to see them? Learn which planets are visible tonight and where to look for them is what this live show is all about. Come join us and discover which planets we can see tonight!
Kendall Concerts Presents Korgy & Bass with Brown Calculus
Doors open @ 7:30PM; Music starts @ 8:00PM | $15 tickets | Parking is free
Beer, wine, snacks and more! Concessions available for purchase at the Empirical Theater Cafe.
Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome is a monthly planetarium concert series combining live performances with stunning visuals in riots of color, shape and movement, enveloping the audience into an adventure of the senses without ever having to leave their seat.
Korgy & Bass, comprised of drummer/composer Barra Brown and bassist/beatmaker Alex Meltzer, is an expertly crafted blend of deep hip-hop cuts, jazz experimentalism, and forward-thinking composition. Using limited instrumentation and improvisation in their performance, the duo drops massive grooves that harken back to hip hop’s Golden Era while simultaneously paving a way for future sounds. The result is a sonic journey composed of digital and analog textures which allows Korgy & Bass to reverse engineer classic instrumental hip-hop vibes in real time.
Brown Calculus - Two spirits, sprung forth from the same body in a past life, we have traveled through time and space, reconnecting as two separate hosts on planet Earth and embodying the intergalactic values of jazz and unity.
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FOR PATRONS AND VISITORS WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES
OMSI’s building has accessible entrances, and the Kendall Planetarium is located on the ground floor.
OMSI reserves accessible seating space for patrons using wheelchairs and their companion(s). You can purchase wheelchair seating by phone, in person, and online. For more information about accessibility, please contact Kathleen Meyer at 503.797.5411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patron Drop-off Zones
Curbside drop-off zones are located along the front plaza, with easy access to the Kendall Planetarium.
Patrons who wish to use an OMSI wheelchair may request a courtesy wheelchair from the Concierge window located next to the Main Lobby. We encourage you to notify OMSI in advance at 503.797.4511 as courtesy wheelchairs are limited.
OMSI has public restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Gendered public restrooms are located in the Kendall Planetarium hallway. Companion care and non-gender-specific restrooms are located in the Turbine Hallway.
Parking is free in either of OMSI’s designated parking lots. There are 5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces in each lot, for a total of 10 spaces.
Star Party: Lunar Viewing
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on Saturday, July 20, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm.
From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes! Viewing highlights include Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and waning gibbous moon, several star clusters, and more! The angle of the sun will cause deep shadows to fall on the moon's surface, making its highlands and craters more easily visible.
The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.
Rooster Rock State Park | Take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 34 miles west of Portland.