OMSI's Turbine Hall


Heroes wear blazers, too.

No capes needed here. With plenty of sponsorship and membership options, how will your team save the day? 

A not-to-miss sponsorship lineup

Sponsoring OMSI's headlining exhibitions is a great way to support science while introducing visitors to your company or foundation. Email Patricia Brooke to find out more.

Upcoming Attractions
  • Illusion (opens November 2017)

  • Robot Revolution (opens March 2018)

  • The Discovery of King Tut (opens October 2018)

  • Pixar (opens February 2019)

Membership for the Whole Team

"#1 Boss" isn't just for your coffee mug anymore—it's the recognition you'll get for supporting science education in your community. 

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But wait, there's more!

We're always looking for project partners with fresh ideas and expertise to support our latest priorities. 

We'd like to thank...foundations!

We'll keep our thank you speech brief. Grant funding from local, regional, and national private foundations, accompanied by support from government agencies, is crucial to our work. 

Meyer Memorial Trust

A local foundation with deep roots in the Portland business and philanthropic communities, Meyer Memorial Trust joins several other foundations and corporations in supporting the development of the Renewable Energy Exhibit and Outreach Programming project. The Renewable Energy project will result in a permanent exhibit in OMSI’s Earth Hall, as well as traveling tabletop exhibits and new classroom programming focused on recent developments in renewable energies and sustainable decision-making.

Hedinger Family Foundation

The Hedinger Family Foundation has provided an extraordinary 10-year gift benefiting a variety of programs for young science learners, including: financial aid for Title 1 schools for traveling classroom programs and assemblies, field trips, and teacher education; scholarships for underserved youth to attend OMSI residential camps and classes; Rising Stars, which provides teen volunteer opportunities and job training; and for general operating support to provide participatory science education.

National Science Foundation

OMSI has enjoyed a long and productive history with The National Science Foundation (NSF), a federal agency mandated to advance new discoveries in science across the nation. NSF funds have been instrumental in developing some of OMSI’s best-loved exhibits. NSF also provides key support to our ongoing goal of becoming an institution that appeals to underserved communities, through support for bi-lingual exhibits (Spanish/English).

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) helped OMSI organize the Small Museums Research Collective (SMRC), a network of museums throughout the country that share resources, exhibit designs and concepts, and audience data. NIH recently provided cornerstone funding for a major new traveling exhibit: The Zoo in You: Exploring the Human Microbiome. This 2,000-square-foot exhibit will travel to national science centers, health museums, and explore the cutting-edge research of NIH’s Human Microbiome Project.

Evaluation Reports
Author Year Title Project Study Type
Yalowitz, S., Foutz, S., & Messick Cherry, T. 2013 Zoo in You: Front-End Evaluation Zoo in You Front-end
Yalowitz, S. & Wilcox, E. 2016 Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome/El microbioma humano Summative Evaluation Report Zoo in You Summative
Weiss, S. 2016 Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative Evaluation Report Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative
Wallace, J. 2005 Distance Learning Formative Report JASON Formative
Wallace, J. 2004 Distance Learning Front End Report JASON Front-end
Stein, J., Valdez, S., Wasserman, D., Wojton, M.A. & Kuyumjian, T.A. 2016 Roots of Wisdom Summative Evaluation Public Audience Impacts Roots of Wisdom Summative
Stein, J. & Valdez, S. 2016 Roots of Wisdom Summative Evaluation Professional Audience Impacts Roots of Wisdom Summative
Sinkey, A., Walther, B. & Rosino, L. 2014 ResearchLink Summative Evaluation Report ResearchLink Summative
Sinkey, A., Rosino, L. and Francisco, M. 2014 Designing Our World: Public Audiences Front-End Evaluation Report Designing Our World Front-end
Sinkey, A. 2014 CSMC-OMSI Partnership for Public Engagement (COPPE) Final Report COPPE Summative
Rosino, L., LeComte-Hinely, J., & Grover, J. 2012 Generations of Knowledge: Front-End Evaluation Report Generations of Knowledge Front-end
Rosino, L., Benne, M., Reyes, N., & Pattison, S. 2012 Energy and the Environment: Program Evaluation FY11 Final Report Energy and the Environment Formative
Reyes, N. 2013 Nanotechnology Classroom Program: Evaluation Report Energy and the Environment Formative
People, Places and Design Research 2005 Technoquest Summative Innovation Station Summative
Pattison, S.A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E. & Dierking, L.D. 2017 Staff Facilitation that Supports Learning in Exhibits: Findings and Recommendations from the REVEAL Project REVEAL Other
Pattison, S.A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E. & Dierking, L.D. 2017 REVEAL: Culturally Responsive Research Framework REVEAL Other
Pattison, S., Cohn, S., & Kollman, L. 2013 Team-Based Inquiry: A Practical Guide for Using Evaluation to Improve Informal Education Experiences NISE Network Other
Pattison, S. 2011 Access Algebra Staff Facilitation Design Zone Formative
Patricia A. McNamara 2016 Every body Eats Let's Get Active Summative Evaluation Report Everybody Eats Let's Get Active Summative
OMSI 2006 NISE nano prototyping report NISE Network Formative
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end
OMSI 2004 Latino Rising Stars Latino Rising Stars Other
OMSI 2004 Native American Technology Family Survey Needs Assessment Report Generations of Knowledge Needs Assessment
OMSI 2004 Latino Sundays Latino Sundays Other
OMSI 2003 OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club Remedial
OMSI 2003 Early Childhood Education Hall and Tech Hall Swap ECE and Tech Hall Swap Other
OMSI 2003 Latinas en Ciencia Final Report Latinas en Ciencia Remedial
OMSI 2007 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom A Survey Report Chemistry in the K8 Classroom Front-end
OMSI 2010 Access Algebra Formative Study Design Zone Formative
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end