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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Avenue | Portland, OR 97214 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Whether you need to keep the kids entertained for a few hours or just looking for a way to kill a rainy day, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is the place. This interactive museum (referred to by residents as the OMSI) makes learning fun with six halls filled with hands-on displays devoted to physics, chemistry, weather patterns and geothermic activity. And if you're a movie buff, make sure to make your way to the museum's USS Blueback submarine, which was used to film The Hunt for Red October. When you've exhausted the exhibits, take in a show at the OMNIMAX theater or the Kendall Planetarium, or hop on a Willamette River boat cruise.

The OMSI sits on the east bank of the Willamette River across from the southern edge of the Waterfront Park. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (during the summer, it is also open Mondays). Admission is about $12 for adults and $9 for children, and entry to the OMNIMAX, the planetarium and the submarine cost extra. For more information, check out the OMSI website.

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