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!
Volcanoes: Fires of Creation
Join intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descends into a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu and visits incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean, and the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.
A planet born of fire, the Earth along with its extraordinary ecosystems and wildlife habitats has been – and continues to be – shaped by volcanic energy. The story of volcanoes is the story of the world’s creation and the story of us.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies
Journey back thousands of years to the wonders of ancient Egypt in this real-life adventure complete with thieves, hidden treasure, and a modern day scientific mystery. Travel to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. Follow researchers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Scientific work reconstructing mummy DNA and deciphering ancient texts is providing insight into modern human genetics and advanced medical treatments.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
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.
The epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' fascinating 11 year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.
As in any great detective story, audiences will experience, in immersive IMAX®, the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.
Duration: 46 mins. | Rating: All Ages
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
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.
It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: PG
Backyard Wilderness surprises and entertains viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses - in our own backyards! Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior revealing forest and waterway inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door, and we experience the joy that she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that wi-fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things – you just need to step outside.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Science Pub Portland: Bees!
The Buzz About Bees: Exploring the World of Our Most Vital Pollinators
With Thor Hanson, Ph.D., Conservation Biologist, Guggenheim Fellow and Author
December 11, 2018 | Doors Open @ 5PM
$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 11:59pm the day prior to the event; see below for details.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. Evolving alongside flowers, bees drove the vast array of floral colors, shapes, and scents that dominate our landscapes. The human relationship with bees took root deep in our prehistory, when early hominins sought out the sugary blast of honey at every opportunity. Domesticated long before horses, camels, or ducks, bees have enabled advances in everything from medicine and industry to intoxication, and now provide as much as a third of the food in the human diet. To know the bee isn’t just to understand a fascinating and beautiful insect: it is to glimpse a profound web of relationships, great and small, that binds together the human and the natural worlds.
In this talk, biologist and author Thor Hanson will describe a journey that began 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. He will explain how the co-evolution of bees and flowering plants led to great diversity on both sides of the equation, featuring not just honeybees but less familiar varieties like diggers, miners, leafcutters, cuckoos, carpenters, sweat bees, and more. The discussion will also confront the many challenges facing bees, and highlight what all of us can do to help them.
Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. His books include Buzz, The Triumph of Seeds, Feathers, and The Impenetrable Forest, as well as the illustrated children’s favorite, Bartholomew Quill. Thor’s work has been translated into more than ten languages and earned many accolades, including the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science and two Pacific Northwest Book Awards. His many media appearances have included NPR’s Fresh Air, Science Friday, and To the Best of Our Knowledge, as well as Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. Hanson lives with his wife and son on an island in the Pacific Northwest.
OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 11:59pm the day prior to the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.
If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.
There will no longer be official seat reservations available at the door. You are welcome to reserve a seat with your jacket or sweater.
Science Pub OMSI 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! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: email@example.com.
Pizza and salads will be available in our restaurant, Theory, and sandwichs and snacks from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance and find a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the soaring and breathtaking cliffs of Norway to the calm and inspiring immensity of the Mojave Desert, from a child's daunting first day of school to the exciting world of skydiving and base jumping, Adrenaline Rush explores the psychological and physiological forces behind risk taking and the physics involved in high-risk activities.
Adrenaline Rush examines why the human mind and body crave danger as viewers experience breathtaking views of skydiving over the Florida Keys and a 4,265-foot jump from a legendary Norwegian cliff. The film also follows skydivers as they prepare to undertake a unique scientific experiment: trying to fly the parachute imagined in 1485 by Leonardo da Vinci, the first parachute design ever recorded.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: Ages 8+
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.
News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.
Lending their voice talents to the film are Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, and Gina Rodriguez.
"Beneath the easy slapstick, there's a timely moral too: Don't fear the unknown, embrace it. Just try not to squish it." Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Duration: 109 mins. | Rating: PG
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.