Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

OMSI building
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry complex on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Established in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is an independent, non-tax-based educational and cultural resource center with an international reputation for excellence in science exhibitry and informal science education. OMSI is dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of science and technology through a variety of innovative and interactive science programming. More than one million people visit the museum and participate in OMSI’s programs every year. 

Since 1992, OMSI has occupied a 18.5-acre riverside campus on the east bank of the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The complex includes five exhibit halls; eight interactive science labs; a planetarium; a 300-seat, five-story Empirical Theater; and the 219-foot U.S.S. Blueback submarine moored outside the building in the river. The museum has river-view dining, a science store stocked with hundreds of fun and educational books and toys.

In addition to the exhibits on permanent display, OMSI researches, designs and builds science exhibits for travel to other science centers around the globe. Boasting the largest museum-based, traveling science exhibits program in North America, OMSI has an international reputation for producing popular exhibits. 

OMSI also has the largest science outreach education program in the United States, reaching more than 180,000 students across six western states. OMSI provides education programs and science camps to more than 10,000 children and provides over 300,000 hours of science instruction annually. OMSI’s education programs include science classes, overnight camps and multi-day camps.

OMSI is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from after Labor Day through mid-June and is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., from mid-June through Labor Day. Open all holidays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 


Nancy Stueber, President; Penny Serrurier, Board Chair
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland 97214-3354
Phone: 503-797-4000