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We’re excited for you to experience our Natural Sciences Hall, Empirical Theater, Kendall Planetarium, and the USS Blueback Submarine, as well as our reopened Turbine Hall and reimagined Science Playground!

To help keep our community healthy, OMSI has limited capacity, introduced staggered ticketing times, and is requiring staff and guests ages 3 and older to wear face coverings.

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What to Know Before You Visit

OMSI remains committed to the health and safety of everyone at the museum—including our visitors, students, staff, and volunteers—and we want you to feel comfortable and safe while discovering at OMSI.

We require staff and guests ages 3 and older to wear masks allowing us to offer a safer space for our youngest visitors. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, OMSI has also taken the following steps:

- Capacity for open areas across the museum has been reduced
- Online ticketing is available to reduce points of contact
- Physical distancing reminders are posted throughout the museum 
- Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place and additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the museum

Daily Hours and What's Open

- OMSI's regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

- Visitors may experience our Natural Sciences Hall, Empirical Theater, Kendall Planetarium, and the USS Blueback Submarine, as well as our reopened Turbine Hall and reimagined Science Playground.

- Our featured exhibit Mandela: The Official Exhibition is now on view!

- Theory restaurant is temporarily closed; however, the Empirical Cafe is open for refreshments and snacks.

- To learn more about hours and pricing, check out our Visitor Info page.

Be Inspired by Mandela

Explore the life story of the world’s most famous freedom fighter and political leader—and see how his commitment to equity is more relevant today than ever.

Reserve Mandela: The Official Exhibition Tickets >


See a Film on the Giant Screen

Venture through jungles and oceans, and learn about animals like dinosaurs, sharks, dogs, crocodiles, and more on the largest screen in Portland.

Reserve Empirical Theater Tickets >


Explore Space and the Night Sky

Find contellations in the night sky, travel to the moon with Big Bird, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and more in the Kendall Planetarium.

Reserve Planetarium Presentation Tickets >

Tour the USS Blueback Submarine

Get a glimpse of how a crew of 85 lived on the Blueback for months, walk through the torpedo room, learn about the submarine's famous history, and more.

Reserve USS Blueback Submarine Tickets >


Purchase Tickets 

We strongly recommend purchasing admission tickets and parking online prior to your visit. Upon arrival, guests may present the ticket order on their phone to be scanned by museum staff. Admission tickets can also be purchased via phone at 503.797.4000, and can be sent to the guest’s email account or picked up at the museum front desk.


Maintain Distance

Admissions and capacity are reduced throughout the museum. Capacity will be controlled through the use of timed ticketing for museum attractions and monitored by staff. 


Wear a Face Covering

OMSI staff and museum guests age 3 or older are required to wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings should cover the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps, and they should have at least two layers. Bandanas, single-ply gaiters and face coverings with an exhalation valve are not permitted. Any guest or staff member without a face covering will be provided a disposable face covering.

Know the Symptoms

Signage will be posted throughout OMSI requiring guests or staff with known symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and contact a medical professional. All OMSI staff are required to complete daily health assessments including temperature checks. Any staff with a temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees or feeling ill for any reason must not report to the museum.


Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in key guest contact areas. All hands-on exhibition components have either been removed from the museum floor or turned off. OMSI will follow enhanced cleaning protocols and use an EPA-registered disinfectant that is active against coronaviruses. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected multiple times daily.