It’s ALL Happening at OMSI This Fall

Upcoming at OMSI – October, November, December

Regular Hours: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Open Mondays: Oct 29, Nov 12 / 19, Dec 17 / 24 / 31

Featured Exhibition

The Discovery of King Tut
On view through January 27, 2019
The Discovery of King Tut tells the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The reproduction of the burial treasure in its original archaeological context offers a compelling insight into the historically unique discovery of the Pharaoh’s tomb in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings more than 95 years ago.

The Discovery of King Tut + Museum General Admission:
$22 (adults) | $15 (ages 3-13) | $18 (ages 63+)
The Discovery of King Tut for OMSI Members:
$8 (adults) | $5 (ages 3-13) | $7 (ages 63+)

Special Events

An Evening with Dr. Zahi Hawass
Nov 6, 6:30 p.m.
Over the course of the approximately 90-minute multimedia lecture, Dr. Hawass will, in addition to Tutankhamun, discuss the search for the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, new insights on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the exciting research into the tombs of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.
Tickets available thru Revolution Hall. $20/non-members & $16/OMSI members (email for more info on the discount)

Science Friday Trivia
Oct 9, 7 p.m.
Science Friday is thrilled to partner with OPB and OMSI to bring Science Friday Trivia to Portland! Host Ira Flatow invites you to join other science geeks for a raucous, laugh-filled night of team trivia covering all things science, from bizarre animals, to quantum entanglement, to pop culture’s sometimes questionable handle on it.

Here and There: Audio Postcards from Earth
Oct 9, 7:30 p.m.
$20 tickets | $17 for OMSI Members
The OMSI planetarium is teaming up with Echo Collector Events and KBOO 90.7 FM. This event features field recordings in immersive 5.1 surround sound from scientists and artists, local and abroad, from some of the world’s most remote locations. Come listen to these places just as they are while sitting under the shifting stars from that time and place in nature’s memory.

Curved Space Comedy Presents: Even the Earth is Bipolar
Oct 25, 7:30 p.m.
$15 Adults | $12 Youth/Seniors
Join science-comedian and stand-up philosopher Gregg Eisenberg for Even the Earth is Bipolar – a multi-media show about atoms, space, the speed of light, volcanos, geometry, and the human condition – to test Heisenberg’s hypothesis. Allow Gregg to be your conceptual concierge, taking you on a visual and musical journey from the edges of the Milky Way down to the molecules in human DNA in this 75-minute exploration of evolution, ecology, and entropy. Appropriate for all ages, though some content is more suitable for ages 14+.

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI After Dark is typically held on the last Wednesday of every month. Special tasting editions may be held on different days of the week.

Oct 31, 6-10 p.m.
Ghosts, goblins, and whiskey, oh my! Get in the spirit and celebrate Halloween at OMSI After Dark – costumes encouraged! Taste the difference between grain and potato vodka while local distilleries share the secrets of their craft at our 7th annual spirits tasting.

Nov 9, 6-10 p.m.
Get your fill of wonderful wines and fantastic food.

Mysteries of Egypt
Nov 28, 6-10 p.m.
Walk in the footsteps of Cleopatra and brazen adventurers to explore the ancients wonders of The Nile River Valley.

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open to all ages. No scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland Induced Earthquakes: Experimenting Unintentionally
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: Oct 4, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Katie Keranen, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University

Science Pub Eugene: Life Cycle Assessments:  Evaluating the Environmental Impacts and Comparing the Sustainability of the Products We Use Every Day
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: Oct 11, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With David Tyler, PhD, Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: Back to the Night: Why Bringing Back the Stars is Not Just for the Birds
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: Nov 1, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Mary Coolidge, BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator at the Audubon Society of Portland

Science Pub Eugene: Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: Nov 8, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With Robert J. (Bob) Lillie, PhD, Author, Illustrator, and National Park Ranger

Science Pub Portland: Distant Worlds: Exoplanets, Their Stars, and the History and Future of Earth
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: Nov 13, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.

Science Pub Portland: The Buzz About Bees: Exploring the World of Our Most Vital Pollinators
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: Dec 11, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Thor Hanson, Ph.D., Conservation Biologist, Guggenheim Fellow and Author

Kendall Concerts
Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome is a monthly planetarium concert series combining live performances with stunning visuals in riots of color, shape and movement, enveloping the audience into an adventure of the senses without ever having to leave their seat.

The Bylines
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Oct 14, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Cost: $15
The Bylines are bringing their sophisticated, jazz-inspired, story-driven pop music to OMSI!  The Bylines consists of songwriters/performers Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen. With Thielen on lead vocals and snare and Marshburn on piano and background vocals, the two have opened for Randy Newman, played in venues across the country, and produced two albums utilizing some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the Northwest.

Trashcan Joe
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Nov 8, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Cost: $15
Soaring vocal harmonies and modern song writing set in a soundscape harkening to the early jazz era, Trashcan Joe has a unique sound with a broad appeal. The instruments are all original and homemade from recycled and found objects.

Aaron Meyer
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Dec 6, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Cost: $25
Join us for a special holiday edition of Kendall Concerts! Aaron Meyer captivates audiences worldwide with his electrifying stage presence blended with awe-inspiring virtuosic performances. He immediately engages his fans, displaying an affinity for the violin in a seemingly effortless mastery of the instrument. For this intimate performance, Aaron will play holiday arrangements from his popular holiday albums, The Holiday Spirit, Do You Hear What I Hear, as well as selections from his brand-new album, The 12 Days of Christmas.

Lab Experience Events

Bitters Making Workshop
Oct 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 2 – 4 p.m.  |  Dec 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 2 – 4 p.m.
Bitters demystified!  Learn how to make and use bitters in this hands-on workshop.  This class will cover the history and science of bitters as well as basic formulas, tools, and processes to make bitter tinctures at home.

Cider Making Workshop
Nov 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.
Cider drinking is a lost American tradition, recapture it here and learn how to make your own! Participants will explore the history and science of cider, as well as learn the steps to turning a half gallon of apple juice from the store into delicious hard cider to drink at home

Fermentation & Microbiome
Nov 17 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In this class you will create a batch of kraut to take home, as well as learn the basics of making your own sourdough starter and kombucha SCOBY.  You will also get an introduction to your microbiome, and learn about new scientific discoveries on the depth and breadth of how our microbiome influences our health.

How DOES The Cookie Crumble?
Dec 13, 18, 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Recent scientific “discoveries” have uncovered a revolutionary new building material that could change how we prepare for earthquakes – gingerbread! Come to OMSI and learn how buildings are designed to withstand quakes. Design, build and test your own quake proof gingerbread building. Put your tower on OMSI’s shake table to see if it will survive “the Big One”?!

Soap Making
October 14, 27; November 3, 11, 17, 18; December 9, 15; 10am-12pm
Learn about and make soap to take home! One ticket allows up to three people (ages 6+ with adult or 12+ without) to work together to make more than a pound of soap (6-8 bars) from scratch in the OMSI Chem Lab. You’ll also explore the chemistry of why soap is so awesome!

Reel Eats
Reel Eats taps into the senses using both cinema and cuisine. Each curated bite is tucked away in different numbered boxes matching key moments in the film, enhancing the narrative in electrifying ways. Come join us for this quarterly film series and experience the silver screen like never before.

Silence of the Lambs
Nov 1, 7 p.m.

Home Alone
Dec 5 (tickets go on sale Nov 2)

$2 Days
Explore the museum’s permanent exhibits and labs for just $2 per person on the first Sunday of every month! Submarine Tours, Theater and Planetarium shows are also reduced to $5 per person, or less with applicable discounts.

Upcoming $2 Sundays: October 7, November 4, December 2

Meet a Scientist
Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist. Held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, this program features local scientists who share their research and knowledge with you through hands-on activities and conversation. Meet a Scientist exclusively features professionals who are OMSI Science Communication Fellows.

Upcoming Sessions:
October 13; 1-4 p.m.
October 27; 1-4 p.m.
November 10; 1-4 p.m.
December 8; 1-4 p.m.

The Empirical Theater at OMSI
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a four-story screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality, informative and entertaining films for all ages.

Amazon Adventure
The epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’ fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s.
As in any great detective story, audiences will experience the compelling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.

Backyard Wilderness
Backyard Wilderness surprises and entertains viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards! Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior revealing forest and waterway inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.

Egypt: Secrets of the Mummies
Opens Oct 6
Journey back thousands of years to the wonders of ancient Egypt in this real-life adventure complete with thieves, hidden treasure, and a modern day scientific mystery. Travel to the royal tombs of Egypt and explore the history of ancient Egyptian society as told through the mummies of the past. Follow researchers as they piece together the archaeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies in pursuit of insights into modern human genetics and advanced medical treatments.

Mysteries of Egypt
Opens Oct 6
Explore a fascinating empire and discover why Egypt’s unique treasures have captivated the world for over 5,000 years. Accompany a National Geographic team as they uncover the secrets of the pharaohs’ tombs and the pyramids. Soar over the great pyramids of Giza, rush over the Nile, cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings, and descend into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet
Presented by BBC Earth, Oceans: Our Blue Planet takes audiences on a global odyssey to explore the largest and least explored habitat on earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible.

Opens Oct 13
Join intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descend to a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu and visit incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia.  Explore across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean and witness the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.

See the world differently from the largest, most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest! Plus, with the installation of our new laser system, the experience is bigger and brighter than ever!

Dark Universe
The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined.  As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe.  With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
NEW! Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from “Zhima Jie,” the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They also journey to Zhima Jie to learn about the similarities in our view of the sky.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best-known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Matinee Laser Shows

October: Laser Halloween
November: Laser Nutcracker
December: Laser Holiday Magic

Evening Laser Shows (Fridays and Saturdays only)

6 p.m.
October: Laser Halloween
November: Laser Nutcracker
December: Laser Holiday Magic

7 p.m.
October: Laser Foo Fighters
November: Laser Depeche Mode
December: Laser Stranger Things

8 p.m.
October: Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell
November: Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell
December: Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell

OMSI Contact Info
Phone: 503.797.4000
OMSI Media Contact: John Farmer | | 503-797-4517
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The Discovery of King Tut + Museum General Admission:
$22 (adults) | $15 (ages 3-13) | $18 (ages 63+)

The Discovery of King Tut for OMSI Members:
$8 (adults) | $5 (ages 3-13) | $7 (ages 63+)

Submarine: $7.50 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $6.50 for members
Empirical Theater: $7-$8.50 (adults) | $6-$6.50 (ages 3-13) | $6-7 (ages 63+) | $1 off for members Planetarium/Laser Shows: $6.75-$7.50 non-members | $5.75-$7.50 members

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