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Physics Lab

Free with Museum Admission

Get energized.

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.

When is the lab open?

The Physics Lab is open 10am-5pm every day that OMSI is open.

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 physics phenomena anytime the lab is open.

Will I get shocked by electricity?

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.

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

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.

Touch lightning!

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?

Visiting Soon?

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.

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