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 Title Project Study Type
Yalowitz, S., Foutz, S., & Messick Cherry, T. 2013 Zoo in You: Front-End Evaluation Zoo in You Front-end
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
Garibay Group 2013 Design Zone Professional Development Summative Report Design Zone Summative
Cardiel, C., Rosino, L., & Velazquez, H. 2013 Earth from Space: Summative Evaluation Report Earth from Space Summative
Reyes, N. 2013 Nanotechnology Classroom Program: Evaluation Report Energy and the Environment Formative
Laurie, M., Shagott, T., & Wentz, A. 2013 Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative Evaluation Report Rosa Parks Tech Challenge Summative
Ewing, S., & Montiel, M. 2012 Beyond Fact: Everybody Reads Book Series Beyond Fact 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
McNamara, P. 2011 Every Body Eats and Let's Get Active: The OMSI-SMRC Partnership 2005-2010 Every Body Eats and Let's Get Active Summative
Pattison, S. 2011 Access Algebra Staff Facilitation Design Zone Formative
McNamara, P. 2011 Every Body Eats and Lets Get Active: The OMSI-SMRC Partnership 2005-2010 Every Body Eats and Let's Get Active Summative
Ault, P. C. 2011 Salmon Camp Research Team Renewal 2010 Final Evaluation Report Salmon Camp Summative
OMSI 2010 Access Algebra Formative Study Design Zone Formative
Briggs, M. 2009 How Teachers' Instructional Choices Affect Students' Perceptions of a Science Center Field Trip: Five Cases Master's Thesis Other
Blackford, J. 2009 School-museum partnership: Bridging formal and informal science learning in the elementary school Master's Thesis Other
Garibay Group 2008 Public Audience Front-End Research: Boys & Girls Club Access Algebra Front-end
OMSI 2008 LibraryThing: Sharing Books, Making Connections Library Thing Needs Assessment
Dierking, L. 2008 Access Algebra: Effective Strategies for Promoting Informal Mathematics Learning Design Zone Other
Kindel, G. 2007 Exhibit Topic Selection Report Exhibit Topic Selection Other