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OAD: Poppin' Science

June 26, 2024 | 6-10pm

For 21+ Only

Join us for OMSI After Dark: Poppin’ Science

June 26, 6-10PM | $25 per person | 15% OMSI member discount

Explore all things explosive as we blow the lid off the science behind blasts.

OMSI After Dark is for the 21-and-over only crowd, where you can drink beer or wine and roam the museum with no kids around. We have science demos, performances, DJ’s, artisan food and beverage vendors and more.

21+ Only | A valid government issued ID is required for entry for all attendees.

Tickets are $25 and include access to all of OMSI’s exhibit halls, activities, performances, Planetarium shows, lectures, and vendors taking place at the event.

Activities Happening All Night

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family | This exhibition brings the latest tyrannosaur discoveries to life, overturning our preconceptions about these ferocious predators.


Playing with Light | Manipulate 20,000 LEDs, shake your own hand, paint with light, bounce laser beams, freeze your shadow, and so much more. Immerse yourself in the technology and wonders of light.


OMSI Photo Booth


GEMS Elements Lounge | Turbine Hall Mezzanine


Freeform Portland DJ | Turbine Hall

Timed Activities

Kendall Planetarium
6:45 PM | Solar Superstorms
7:30 PM | Laser EDM
8:15 PM | Solar Superstorms
9:00 PM | Laser Daft Punk

7:30, 8:00, & 8:30 PM | Portland Taiko | Front Plaza

Science Demonstrations

Collapsing Cans | Why do explosions get all the attention? Find out what makes an implosion different and see how impressive they “can” be!

Film Canister Failure | Can a canister keep cool under pressure? Set off an explosion yourself in 3… 2… 1… Blast off!
Booms and Blasts | Witness the explosive power of hydrogen and lycopodium.

Bubbles! | See how big of a bubble you can blow up!

Our Vendors

Food + Beverage

Our Theory restaurant will be open from 5-10pm! Grab dinner or a drink before the event begins at 6pm. Enjoy wine, beer, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. Our bars will close at 9:30pm, and alcohol samples given by vendors will end at 9:45pm.

Questions? Email events@omsi.edu.
Ticketing questions call 503.797.4000 x0

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email events@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4000 x0.

Is this event 21 and over only?

Yes, you must be 21+ to attend. Minors are not allowed. Everyone must present a valid government issued ID.

If I’m unable to attend, can I get a refund?

Yes. If your plans change, if you are feeling sick or have been potentially exposed to COVID please stay home. To request a refund email concierge@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4000 x0. We will give refunds until 5pm the night of the event.

Is there food and beverage at this event?

Yes, our restaurant, Theory will be open. Plus, we will have bars with beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic drinks. We also typically have a couple artisan vendors giving out free samples of alcohol or snacks.

Our bars will close at 9:30pm, and alcohol samples given by vendors will end at 9:45pm.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Parking is $2 for after-hours events.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Our partners help us propel science learning into the future. Thank you for being part of our mission to engage, inform and inspire curiosity!

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Event Sponsors

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