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Life Lab

Free with Museum Admission

Meet the creepiest, the crawliest and the coolest in the museum.

Is it a stick or is it a bug? Is it slimy or is it smooth? Does it ever move?

Visit the Life Lab and ask big questions about the natural world around you.

Take a closer look and discover the ecosystems, adaptations, and more that fill our natural world full of surprises.

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.

When is the lab open?

The Life Lab is open daily, 10am-5pm. Hours are subject to change.

Will there be someone in the lab to help me?

Often there are volunteers and staff in the lab. However, everyone can still come in and explore  anytime the lab is open.

How old do I have to be to go into the Life Lab?

The Life Lab is open to guests of all ages.

Can I touch the animals?

Animals and insects can be observed in their habitats.  Occasionally, Staff and Volunteers bring out animals and insects for close-up encounters.

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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.

Two students running chemistry experiments.

Take a closer look!

Get up close with the reptiles, insects, and the tools that biologists use.

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