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

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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. & Wilcox, E. 2016 Zoo in You: The Human Microbiome/El microbioma humano Summative Evaluation Report Zoo in You Summative
Yalowitz, S., Foutz, S., & Messick Cherry, T. 2013 Zoo in You: Front-End Evaluation Zoo in You Front-end
People, Places and Design Research 2005 Technoquest Summative Innovation Station Summative
Pattison, S., Cohn, S., & Kollman, L. 2013 Team-Based Inquiry: A Practical Guide for Using Evaluation to Improve Informal Education Experiences NISE Network Other
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Professional Development Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
Curtis, R., & Kellett, K. 2014 Sustainability: Outreach Campaign Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Exhibition Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability 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
Cardiel, C. & Pattison, S. 2014 Science on the Move: Front-End Evaluation Report Science on the Move Front-end
Blackford, J. 2009 School-museum partnership: Bridging formal and informal science learning in the elementary school Master's Thesis Other
Burlacu, G. 2013 Salmon Sidewalk Summative Evaluation Report Salmon Sidewalk Summative
Ault, P. C. 2011 Salmon Camp Research Team Renewal 2010 Final Evaluation Report Salmon Camp Summative
Ault, P. C. 2004 Salmon Camp Annual Report Salmon Camp Formative
Ault, PC (NWREL) 2007 Salmon Camp 2006 Final Report Salmon Camp Summative
Laurie, M., Shagott, T., & Wentz, A. 2013 Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative Evaluation Report Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative
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
Pattison, S.A., Benne, M., Rubin, A., Gontan, I., Andanen, E. & Dierking, L.D. 2017 REVEAL: Culturally Responsive Research Framework REVEAL Other
Garibay, C. 2017 REVEAL Process Evaluation Report on Culturally Responsive Research REVEAL Other
Andanen, E., Rubin, A., Pattison. S.A., Gontan, I. & Bromley, C. 2017 Responsive Museum Facilitation: A Video-Based Reflection Guide for Engaging with Families at Interactive Exhibits REVEAL Other
Sinkey, A., Walther, B. & Rosino, L. 2014 ResearchLink Summative Evaluation Report ResearchLink Summative
Garibay Group 2008 Public Audience Front-End Research: Boys & Girls Club Access Algebra Front-end
Gyllenhal and Cheng 2003 Outdoors Indoors Front-End Literature Review Animal Secrets Front-end
OMSI 2003 OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club OMSI Boys and Girls Science Club Remedial
McNamara, P. 2006 Nutrition Exhibit Front-End Report Every Body Eats Front-end
OMSI 2007 NOISE Communication Survey NOISE Other
OMSI 2006 NISE nano prototyping report NISE Network Formative
Cardiel, C., & Reyes, N. 2013 Needs Assessment for Potential Host Institutions of NASA Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Exhibit NASA Education and Public Outreach Needs Assessment
OMSI 2004 Native American Technology Family Survey Needs Assessment Report Generations of Knowledge Needs Assessment
Reyes, N. 2013 Nanotechnology Classroom Program: Evaluation Report Energy and the Environment Formative