PORTLAND, Ore. – BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is reopening to the public on June 20. Employing guidelines for Zoos, Museums & Outdoor Gardens issued by Oregon Health Authority, OMSI’s top priority is guest and employee health and safety.
To meet state requirements and help limit the spread of COVID-19, OMSI has implemented some changes throughout the museum. Among the new safety adjustments are timed entry admissions, heightened cleaning guidelines, and limiting the number of people in the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibit hall and the USS Blueback submarine.
“Our mission to engage people in science learning and building skills to make evidence-based decisions has never been more important than it is now. OMSI has a key role to play in our community recovery through creating equitable access to science education opportunities.” said Erin Graham, OMSI president and CEO. “We all need science understanding and data to navigate the times ahead.”
“As we head into summer with a phased reopening approach, we have extensive protocols and practices in place to keep our guests and staff safe. I’m excited to invite guests back to experience the wonder of our current featured exhibit, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, and learn something new about the science and splendor of human bodies,” said Graham.
Dr. Angelina Whalley, curator of BODY WORLDS, said, “Knowing more about the fragility and resilience of the body at any stage of your life, strengthening your immune system to fight diseases, and exercising preventive care are key elements in taking on more responsibility for our health. I hope BODY WORLDS inspires visitors to stay as healthy as possible in these crucial times.”
Areas of the museum open to the public (starting June 20):
● BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
● USS Blueback Submarine
● Science Store
Areas of the museum planned to open at a later date:
● Empirical Theater
● Kendall Planetarium
● Natural Sciences Hall
● Turbine Hall
● Life and Paleo Labs
● Teen Tech Center
● Theory Restaurant
● Empirical Theater Cafe
As a private, non-profit organization, OMSI does not receive any government funding, but relies on earned and contributed revenue for its operating expenses. Many of the organization’s primary revenue streams—museum admissions, education and program fees, membership and facility rentals—were cancelled during its busiest time of the year. Despite the financial and operational setbacks, the museum education team delivered (and continues to deliver) fun, educational, science content to the Stay Home, Stay Curious digital content page.
Soon after closing its doors in March, the museum learned that Multnomah County had a critical need for essential workers to have a dependable childcare option. Within two weeks—and in close coordination with State and County partners—OMSI began offering childcare to Multnomah County and healthcare essential workers, in a program that ran through the end of May.
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life has been extended and will remain on exhibit through Oct. 4. Through July, special reopening ticket prices for BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life are $20 for adults, $12 for youth (ages 3-13), and $16 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $12 for adults, $10 for youth, and $11 for seniors. Tickets for USS Blueback tours are $7.50 for OMSI Members and $8.50 for non-members.
Guests can purchase tickets online at omsi.edu or via phone at 503.797.4000. For information on returning to OMSI, visit: omsi.edu/museum-reopening.
About BODY WORLDS
Invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977, the plastination process replaces the natural fluids in the specimen with liquid reactive plastics that are hardened and cured with gas, light, or heat. Before hardening the plastic in the specimens, the plastinates are fixed into extraordinary, lifelike poses, illustrating how our bodies internally respond to everyday movements and activities. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and preserve the specimens in their true-to-life form, without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions stem from an established body donation program that relies on donor consent. The specimens on display, excluding a small number of acquisitions from anatomical collections and anatomy programs, stem from a body donation program that was begun in the early 1980s by Dr. von Hagens.
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. As a private, non-profit organization, OMSI does not receive any government funding, but relies on earned and contributed revenue for its operating expenses. The museum closed its doors to the public on March 14 and many of the organization’s primary revenue streams—museum admissions, education and program fees, memberships, and facility rentals—were cancelled during its busiest time of the year. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu. Connect with the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.