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USS Blueback Submarine Tech Tour

2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Get a sneak peek into the life on a real submarine.

2nd + 4th Sunday of the Month | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We offer our 3-hour long Guided Tech Tour on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. This special three-hour tour guided by an actual submarine veteran is for those that would like to learn more about the technical workings of the Blueback.

The maximum tour size is 6 people, so plan ahead and reserve your spot. We also recommended that a regular tour be taken prior to a Tech Tour.

Tech Tours are for ages 12 and above.

Face coverings: Masks are optional for guests although still highly encouraged for USS Blueback Submarine Tours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We have answers! Explore frequently asked questions. For more information please contact us at Info@OMSI.edu or (503) 797-4000.

Is parking available?

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave Portland, OR 97214. Visitors can pay for parking through the Parking Kitty app (as of 7/24/23), at the front desk, or soon at parking kiosks in the North and South parking lots.

OMSI parking costs $5 (+ fees) for 2 hours or $8 (+ fees) for all day parking. Guests arriving after 5pm can expect to pay a flat fee of $2 (+ fees) for the evening.

Commonly Asked Parking Questions

How long are submarine tours?

Submarine tech tours are approximately 3 hours long. Submarine tech tours are approximately 40 to 50 minutes long.

Is it difficult to navigate the submarine?

The USS Blueback is a truly unique space at OMSI, but it can be challenging to navigate. Visitors must pass through a small, watertight door to enter the submarine, which requires some bending and stooping. There is a practice door you can try in the OMSI Lobby. Submarine visitors must be able to climb through through the lobby hatch in order to participate in the tour.

The submarine has stairs and is narrow in places. Wheelchairs, strollers and walkers are not allowed on the submarine. Canes are permitted. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Please note: The submarine has very steep stairs. Visitors must be able to self-navigate. Carrying children is not allowed.

Are there accessibility resources for the submarine?

The submarine has many informational panels with Braille text. Please contact a submarine staff member with questions or for additional support.

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OMSI is committed to making science-fueled fun available for all in our community. We are proud to offer admission assistance, financial aid, and accessible services throughout the museum. Explore access resources and amenities for guests visiting the museum.

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