Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happening at OMSI Summer 2017


News Release from OMSI
Posted on FlashAlert: July 5th, 2017 12:58 PM
Upcoming at OMSI -- July, August, September

OMSI Hours: Open seven days a week, 9:30am-7:00pm

Featured Exhibition

Now Open through October 22
This is an immersive look at the life in Pompeii both before and after the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that not only destroyed the Roman city, but also preserved it for more than 1,700 years. Visitors will travel back in time with the help of media and nearly 200 artifacts, including frescoes, mosaics, and statues from the sites, experiencing how Pompeian people lived, loved, worked, and worshipped before to the fateful morning of the eruption. A 4D theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION + Museum General Admission:
$26 (adults) | $17 (ages 3-13) | $22 (ages 63+)
$16 (adults) | $10 (ages 3-13) | $12 (ages 63+)

Special Events

Science Fiction Film Festival
July 21 -- August 5
OMSI's annual Sci-Fi Film Fest will showcase 22 of science fiction's most memorable films on the Empirical Theater's giant four-story tall screen.
Festival Pass (all access): $35 Adult | $30 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+), OMSI members receive $3 off
Ticket (single admittance): $7 Adult | $6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+), OMSI members receive $1 off

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event (Salem)
August 21, 6:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
This event is SOLD OUT and the waiting list is full! There will NOT be additional tickets available at the door. On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. Join OMSI at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where we will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Event (Portland)
August 21, 8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a free Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party in Portland on OMSI's Front Plaza. Enjoy space science activities, refreshments from the Empirical Cafe and purchase your eclipse viewing glasses from OMSI's Science Store.

Portland Mini Maker Faire 2017
September 16-17, 9:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

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

Science Pub Portland: Placenta & Long-Term Health
July 6, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 Glisan, Portland
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Jessica Hebert, PhD Candidate in Biology at Portland State University in the T. Morgan Lab at OHSU and OMSI Science Communications Fellow

Science Pub Eugene: Searching Our DNA For What Makes Us Human
July 6, 6:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location t: Whirled Pies at Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Kirstin Sterner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: Chasing Shadows, Then and Now: The Great American Eclipses of 1878 and 2017
July 18, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With David Baron, Author, Journalist, and Broadcaster

Science Pub Portland: Total Solar Eclipse: Its Beauty, Scientific Interest, and Relevance to Earth
August 3, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Karel Schrijver, PhD, Solar Astrophysicist, and former Astrophysicist at Lockheed Martin and Principal Investigator for NASA's TRACE and SDO/AIA Sun-viewing Missions

Science Pub Eugene: From Oregon to Exoplanets -- What Can We Learn from Eclipses?
August 10, 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Whirled Pies at Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Dr. Scott Fisher, Faculty Member and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: Nature's Fury: Living with Active Volcanoes
August 15, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With John Ewert, USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory (speaker and moderator)
Marta Calvache, Columbian Geological Survey
Richie Robertson, University of West Indies

Science Pub Portland: Conservation Ecology
September 7, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With David Seth Green, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University

Science Pub Eugene: The Health of Oregon Fisheries
September 14, 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Whirled Pies at Cozmic, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Gway Kirchner, Oregon Marine Fisheries Project Director at The Nature Conservancy

Science Pub Portland: Antarctica: Below the Waterline
September 19, 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
Cost: $5 suggested donation
With Paul North, Founder of Meet the Ocean and Undersea Specialist with Lindbald Expeditions/National Geographic

Reel Science
Watch and learn at The Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this monthly series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
August 23, 6:30 p.m.
The Search for the Holy Grail
With Meg Roland, PhD, Associate Professor of English, Department Chair, English at Marylhurst University

September 12, 6:30 p.m.
Roman History
With Brian Turner, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of History at Portland State University

Edible Cinema
Edible Cinema is a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Perfect for food and film lovers alike, this quarterly series combines good food with the fun of movie night as expert chefs curate a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film.

Top Gun
August 2, 6:30 p.m.

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 held the last Wednesday of every month. Special tasting editions are presented by Entercom and may be held on different days of the week.

July 26, 7-11 p.m.
Explore all things explosive as we blow the lid off the science behind blasts.

August 30, 7-11 p.m.
Dive into the science behind the deep blue seas (and oceans) of the world.

September 27, 6-10 p.m.
Don't just drink beer, learn beer! Sample beers from local breweries, and learn something while you're at it!

$2 Days
Explore the museum and our permanent exhibits 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.

POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION + Museum General Admission:
$22 (adults) | $14 (ages 3-13) | $18 (ages 63+)
$12 (adults) | $8 (ages 3-13) | $10 (ages 63+)

Upcoming $2 Sundays: August 6, September 3

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:
July 8, 1-4 p.m.
July 22, 1-4 p.m.
August 12, 1-4 p.m.
August 26, 1-4 p.m.
September 9, 1-4 p.m.
September 23, 1-4 p.m.

Food Science Events

Cheese Making
Explore the wonderful world of cheese making! We'll learn the art and science of making cow's milk fresh mozzarella cheese in this class. One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three participants per ticket.
July 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Theory at OMSI
Behind the Seeds
OMSI is partnering with Oregon AgLink to give you an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Oregon agriculture on this adult field trip.
July 16, 8:30 a.m.

Blind Tasting Bingo (special vegan version!)
Blind-Tasting Bingo at OMSI is a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. In the game, players taste with their eyes covered, seeking to identify what they taste on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers.
August 17, 6 p.m.
Theory at OMSI

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 new giant 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.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Narrated by Academy Award(R) winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX(R) and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Great White Shark
Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark explores the great white's place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.

National Parks Adventure (shown in 2D or 3D)
Narrated by Academy Award(R) winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX(R) 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America's majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean (shown in 2D or 3D)
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all--that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans -- the source of all life on our planet -- and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.

Journey to Space (shown in 2D or 3D)
A celebration of space exploration, Journey to Space takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next 20 years, culminating in a virtual voyage to the Red Planet.

Wild Africa
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys... travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.

Kong: Skull Island
Kong: Skull Island reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific - as beautiful as it is treacherous - unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the legendary Kong. Soon a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man.

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!

Please note: the Planetarium will be closed for renovation from September 18 through October 21.

Now Playing through August 21
NEW! "Totality" is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. This new planetarium show examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. "Totality" also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse. The show is followed with an update on total solar eclipse in Oregon on August 21, 2017.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Now playing through September 17
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is "xing xing" (pronounced sing sing). How many "xing xing" do you see in this sky? When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu "travel" to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. For example, they can't fly a kite there because there is no wind. The fuzzy friends then excitedly realize that children like to fly kites in both China and the United States!

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now playing through September 17
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
Now playing through September 17
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.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Opens August 22
There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos ... and our imaginations. Travel through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?

Matinee Laser Shows

Laser Movie Madness
Now Playing through September 4
Music from the movies is brought to life in Laser Movie Madness, featuring a compilation of soundtrack favorites set to spectacular lasers. Song selections include the Theme from Jurassic Park, Circle of Life from the Lion King, music from Tron: Legacy and more.

Laser Colors of the World
Opens September 5
Colors of the World takes laser audiences on a musical journey around the planet. This matinee program focuses on the authentic instruments and sounds that make different countries' music unique and appealing.

Evening Laser Shows (Fridays and Saturdays only)

8:15 pm
July: Laser Radiohead
August: Laser Gorillaz
September: Laser Hendrix / Door

9:30 pm
July, August: Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
September: Laser Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell

Star Party
Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset.
Rooster Rock State Park is located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of the Sandy River at exit 25.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47.

The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.

Lunar Viewing
July 8

Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
August 12

Autumnal Equinox Celebration
September 9

OMSI Contact Info
Phone: 503.797.4000
OMSI Media Contact: Lizabeth Trobitz, 503.797.4617,

POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION + Museum General Admission:
$26 (adults) | $17 (ages 3-13) | $22 (ages 63+)
$16 (adults) | $10.00 (ages 3-13) | $12 (ages 63+)
Submarine: $6.75 (Tours are for ages 3 and above), $5.75 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: $5.75-$7.50 non-members | $4.75-$7.50 members
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