OMSI is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs.
Located along Portland’s south waterfront, OMSI sits on a 17-acres, formerly occupied by a historic sawdust-fired power generation plant. OMSI incorporates the original smokestack and turbine buildings to blend together technology of the past, present, and future.
The museum contains five exhibit halls, hundreds of interactive exhibits and eight laboratories, 300-seat, four-story Empirical Theater, 200-seat Harry C. Kendall Planetarium/Laser Light Venue with state-of-the-art video projectors.
OMSI also hosts the USS Blueback for public tours, providing a unique look at the people, history, and technology associated with the last non-nuclear-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy.
Finally, OMSI also runs one of the largest science outreach education programs in the United States with outreach programs serving seven Western states, educational field trips and hands-on lab sessions in their eight interactive laboratories and camps and classes throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest for youth as well as families and adults