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
  • The Art of the Brick (opens February 2017)

  • Pompeii: The Exhibition (opens May 2017)

  • Illusion (opens November 2017)

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 Titlesort descending Project Study Type
OMSI 2010 Access Algebra Formative Study Design Zone Formative
Pattison, S. 2011 Access Algebra Staff Facilitation Design Zone Formative
Dierking, L. 2008 Access Algebra: Effective Strategies for Promoting Informal Mathematics Learning Design Zone Other
McNamara, P 2005 Amazing Feats of Aging Final Report Amazing Feats of Aging Summative
Evergreene Research with Garibay Group 2003 Animal Secrets Summative Animal Secrets Summative
Krassner, D. 2005 Assessing Self-Esteem and Views of Science in High School Students Participating in a Museum-Based Service Learning Program Master's Thesis Other
Ewing, S., & Montiel, M. 2012 Beyond Fact: Everybody Reads Book Series Beyond Fact Summative
Weiss, S. 2016 Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative Evaluation Report Building Infrastructure and Capacity for 21st Century Skills Summative
OMSI 2007 Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: A Survey Report Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom Front-end
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end
OMSI 2007 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom A Survey Report Chemistry in the K8 Classroom Front-end
OMSI 2006 Chemistry in the K8 Classroom: A Focus Group Report Dreyfus Front-end
Sinkey, A. 2014 CSMC-OMSI Partnership for Public Engagement (COPPE) Final Report COPPE Summative
Garibay Group 2013 Design Zone Exhibition Summative Report Design Zone Summative
Garibay Group 2013 Design Zone Professional Development Summative Report Design Zone Summative
Sinkey, A., Rosino, L. and Francisco, M. 2014 Designing Our World: Public Audiences Front-End Evaluation Report Designing Our World Front-end
Wallace, J. 2005 Distance Learning Formative Report JASON Formative
Wallace, J. 2004 Distance Learning Front End Report JASON Front-end
OMSI 2003 Early Childhood Education Hall and Tech Hall Swap ECE and Tech Hall Swap Other
Cardiel, C., Rosino, L., & Velazquez, H. 2013 Earth from Space: Summative Evaluation Report Earth from Space Summative