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. 

Reach new audiences, improve brand recognition, engage clients, and reward employees. They'll love you for it.

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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
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Exhibition Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
Curtis, R., & Kellett, K. 2014 Sustainability: Outreach Campaign Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability Summative
Curtis, R. 2014 Sustainability: Professional Development Summative Evaluation Report Sustainability 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
People, Places and Design Research 2005 Technoquest Summative Innovation Station Summative
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