Visit this shockingly fun place to dive into the science of electricity, magnetism, light, sound, and more! Get your hands on different experiences that illuminate the forces in the universe.
Power up your senses.
Touch lightening, see a rainbow, feel a magnetic tug, hear music, view yourself from a new angle – all thanks to physics!
Use the forces.
Explore how physics phenomena come to play in art, engineering, and communication.
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.
The Physics Lab is open 10am-5pm every day that OMSI is open.
Often there are volunteers and staff in the lab. However, everyone can still come in and explore physics phenomena anytime the lab is open.
Some activities like the plasma tube or Van de Graaf generator use electricity and can give a small shock. There are signs that will let you know before you explore. If you have a medical device implant, you may want to avoid using these activities.
The Physics Lab is open to guests of all ages.
Explore The Physics Lab
Create a harmonious design!
Set two pendulums in motion and see what unique design the Harmonograph creates.
Put your hands on the plasma tube and see how the electricity responds to your touch.
Pump up the jams!
Press levers to make this pipe organ play a note. How does moving air turn into sound?