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USS Blueback Submarine

Daily | 10:10 AM - 4:30 PM

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

Join a fascinating, 45-minute tour of the U.S. Navy’s last active duty diesel-electric submarine. Limited to only 12 guests per tour, you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore this 219-foot vessel full of marvelous period artifacts. Get a glimpse of how a crew of 85 lived on the Blueback for months, plus peer through a periscope, touch a torpedo, climb in a bunk, and much more!

Tours offered every day. Visitors must be ages 3+ and at least 36″ tall.

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 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.

Advanced Tech Tours

Learn more about the technical workings of the USS Blueback on a Guided Tech Tour. Offered on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, this special three-hour tour is guided by a submarine veteran.

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