Come Explore, Learn + Play with OMSI
Time to get out of the classroom and into OMSI for learning and fun! A museum field trip includes four exhibit halls and an optional featured exhibit hall. You may also choose to combine your admission with a film, planetarium show, or submarine tour.
The Museum is a great place for learners of all ages!
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OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. Please inquire about our financial assistance programs for school and community programs.
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Field Trip Highlights
Our registration team will work with you to create an experience tailored to your students’ interests and your teaching goals.
Natural Sciences Hall
Watch a 6-foot sphere come to life with images of the sun, moon, and mars with OMSI’s Science on a Sphere. Explore our Life lab, Paleontology lab, and Earth labs.
Tackle design challenges at OMSI Innovation Stations, Go hands-on to design your own solutions to real world problems with Designing Our World, and Explore the Physics lab and Chemistry lab.
Featured Exhibit Hall
Our featured exhibit hall changes every 3 to 6 months. Some premium featured exhibits require an additional fee for entry. Orcas: Our Shared Future is on view until January 28, 2024!
The perfect place for young scientists to build, explore, create, and play. Infant and toddler spaces, water area, and the climber are featured areas in our newly renovated Pre-K and younger area.
Reserve a 25-minute time in the Turbine Lunchroom at the time you book a trip. Bring your sack lunches in bins and drop them off at arrival until your reserved time.
Customize your Field Trip Experience
OMSI Field trip admission can be combined with planetarium shows/labs, documentary films, and submarine tours!
Booking + Planning
Step 1: Plan your Field Trip Experience
Work with our registration team to plan a customized field trip schedule. The best way to start with by completing our online request form. Field trips must be booked at least 2-weeks in advance.
Step 2: Contract and Invoice
The group leader will receive an email to an online confirmation within 2-3 business days after finalizing schedule with the registration team. Invoices can be paid online or by mailing a check. A final headcount is due 2-weeks before your visit.
Step 3: Finalize logistics
Before you arrive, group leaders should provide all field trip participants with a name tag with the school name (Not the individuals name). Provide all chaperones with a copy of your agenda and OMSI map.
Step 4: While at OMSI
All visitors, including group field trips, must follow our health and safety guidelines. If any individuals in your group are in violation of our visitation agreement the entire group may be asked to leave with no refund.
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Explore quick details and access additional program resources below.
Pre-registered group rates require at least 12 paid admissions per event and 2-week advance reservation. We are unable to accommodate requests to add additional events or sack lunch space at the time of check-in. No other discounts, passes or coupons (including OMSI memberships) can be utilized with group reservations. Any OMSI members in your group should be included in your attendance count and pay the group rates.
It is important that you finalize your attendance count at least 14 days prior to your program. If you have fewer participants on the day of your program, OMSI will not offer any refunds. With advance notice, additional participants may be accommodated subject to availability. Please be prepared to confirm your attendance count upon arrival.
Please plan for an adult-to-student ratio of 1:5 for grades PreK-8 OR 1:10 for grades 9-12. Prepare your chaperones ahead of time with a map, agenda, and information about the day. Students should remain with chaperones at all times.
We require a deposit of 50% of the program cost for all programs. The deposit is due 14 days after booking. The remaining balance will be due 14 days before your field trip. If booking a field trip at the 14 day mark a deposit and final payment is due within 24 hours of receiving your invoice link.
Reserve a 25-minute time slot in our sack lunch when you request a program. Please bring your sack lunches in bins labeled with your group name and lunch time. We are unable to store backpacks, coats and other personal belongings with lunches.
School bus drivers can drop off students in front of the museum. After unloading students buses may park in the bus cut-outs in front of the North or South lot or in the South lot bus parking area. Please see the map available in your field trip packet if you have questions.
Standard parking will cost $5 (+ fees)for 2 hours or or $8 (+ fees) for all day.
“All day” is valid from 5:00am to 11:00pm
The $5 for 2 hours is extendable for $3 to go all day via the Parking Kitty app, but not the parking kiosks in the parking lots.
The Science Store offers a variety of educational toys, games, books and gadgets, with many under $5. Teachers with school identification receive a 10% discount, some exclusions apply.
Educators may visit OMSI’s exhibit halls and labs free of charge when planning curriculum in conjunction with a visit to OMSI. Simply present a current form of school identification at the membership window.