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News Release
What's Happening at OMSI? - 01/10/19

Upcoming at OMSI – January, February, March

Regular Hours: Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open Mondays: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 25

Featured Exhibitions

The Discovery of King Tut 
Closing Jan 27
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+)

The Science Behind Pixar
Opens Feb 23
Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from Toy Story to Inside Out. This exhibition offers an unparalleled view of the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams, and even come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL•E!

The Science Behind Pixar + Museum General Admission:
$21 (adults) | $14 (ages 3-13) | $17 (ages 63+)
The Science Behind Pixar for OMSI Members:
$5 (adults) | $3 (ages 3-13) | $4 (ages 63+)

Special Events

Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
Jan 10-27
In dedication to some of the most magical and beloved animated movies ever made, OMSI is pleased to host the fourth annual Studio Ghibli Retrospective. On exhibit are eighteen films including such popular favorites as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away.

LEGO Egyptian Adventure
Jan 12-13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
See King Tut, Tut’s tomb, the Valley of the Kings, and other wonders of Ancient Egypt recreated with LEGO bricks! Plus, family-friendly play zones allow for hands-on building of pyramids and other fun projects.

Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
Jan 20, 7 p.m.
OMSI will host the lunar eclipse viewing on Sunday evening, January 20. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the OMSI Front Plaza. The Rose City Astronomers, and OMSI will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the autumn night sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check the OMSI web site for possible weather-related cancellations.

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.

Medieval Science
Jan 23, 6-10 p.m.
How does jousting work? Are moats really a good defense? Find out as modern scientists explore medieval sciences.  

Feb 9, 6-10 p.m.
Tease your hair to the heavens, take an awkward photo booth picture with your date and make a toast with a glass of pre-spiked punch at Prom-si After Dark!

Feb 27, 6-10 p.m.
Animate your night as you discover the science behind your favorite films.

Great Scott!
Mar 27, 6-10 p.m.
Hoverboards, time travel and even a Delorean.

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 Eugene: Neuroeconomics, Marijuana, and Microscopic Worms: The Neurobiology of Choice and Drugs.
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: Jan 10, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With Shawn Lockery, PhD, Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon and Co-founder & CTO of NemaMetrix, Inc.

Science Pub Corvallis: Biomechanics of Running Shoes: Is There an Ideal Shoe?
Location: Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis
When: Jan 14, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free, RSVP Required
With Christine Pollard, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Oregon State University

Science Pub Portland: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: Jan 16, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Kara Cooney, PhD, Egyptologist and Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California

Science Pub Portland: Supercomputer Modeling of Earthquake Ground Motions 150 Years After the 1868 Hayward Fault Rupture
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: Feb 7, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Arthur Rodgers, PhD, Seismologist in the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Science Pub Eugene: Geophysics
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: Feb 14, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With Dean Livelybrooks, PhD, Associate Department Head and Tenured Senior Instructor of Physics at the University of Oregon

Science Pub Portland: Robot City or Natural City: Plans and Speculations about the Urban City
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: Feb 19, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Carl Abbott, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University

Science Pub Portland: Artificial Intelligence
Location: McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
When: Mar 7, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Barton Christopher Massey, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University

Science Pub Eugene: Ancient America: Bones and Artifacts Under Our Feet
Location: Whirled Pies, 199 W 8th Ave, Eugene
When: Mar 14, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door
With Loren Davis, PhD, Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University

Science Pub Portland: Exploring Ocean Worlds
Location: Empirical Theater at OMSI
When: Mar 19, 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door.
With Jenny Woodman, Executive Director at Proteus Science Communication, and Science Communication Fellow for Oceanographer Robert Ballard's Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus
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.

Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Jan 20, 8 p.m.
Cost: $15
Harlowe is the moniker for the songs of Mark Robertson, often with collaborators from the collective umbrella of Sleepy Volcano in Portland, Oregon USA. The debut recording titled “The Swell” [2013] made its quiet debut on a small run of cassette tapes distributed by hand throughout the Pacific Northwest, Western Europe and Iceland. The second full length recording titled “Curses” [2017] is a more reckless and lo-fi collection of songs intermixed with eclectic instrumental soundscapes, released October of 2017.

Boy and Bean
Location: Kendall Planetarium
When: Feb 28, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15
The husband and wife team of Luke and Amber Short sing in sweet harmony atop the bubbling basslines of Andrew Jones.  As Boy and Bean, they give Depression Era classics a youthful energy that gets audiences of all ages smiling.

Maker Workshops

Cider Making Workshop
Jan 19, 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

Bitters Making Workshop
Feb 23, 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.

Cheese Making 
Mar 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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. Participants will sample a variety of cheeses, make their own mozzarella, and learn several recipes to make cheese at home. One ticket per batch of cheese, maximum three adults per ticket. Children under 16 are welcome to share a ticket with adults 

Soap Making Workshop
Jan 13 & 26, Feb 10 & 23, Mar 10 & 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Make over a pound of soap from scratch to take home while learning about the awesome chemistry of soap molecules! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open–toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. One ticket per batch of soap, maximum three participants per ticket. Recommended for ages 6+ with adult or 12+ without an adult. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.

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.

Say Anything
Feb 14, 7 p.m.

$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: Feb 3, Mar 3
Meet a Scientist
Current science gets up close and personal at Meet a Scientist! Held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, this program features local scientists who share their research and knowledge through hands-on activities and conversation. Perfect for fostering scientific interest in all ages, this event is included with General Admission.

Upcoming Events: 
Jan 12; 1-4 p.m.
Jan 26; 1-4 p.m.
Feb 9; 1-4 p.m.
Feb 23; 1-4 p.m.
Mar 9; 1-4 p.m.
Mar 23; 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
Closing Jan 27
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
Closing Jan 27
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.

Superpower Dogs 
Opens March 15
Experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. You’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!

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

Jan: Laser Space Odyssey
Feb: Laser Romance Under the Stars
Mar: Laser Symphony of the Stars

Evening Laser Shows (Fridays and Saturdays only) 

7 p.m.
Jan: Laser Led Zeppelin
Feb: Laser Deadmau5
Mar: Laser Michael Jackson

8 p.m.
Jan: Pink Floyd: The Wall
Feb: Pink Floyd: The Wall
Mar: Pink Floyd: The Wall

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+)

The Science Behind Pixar + Museum General Admission:
$21 (adults) | $14 (ages 3-13) | $17 (ages 63+)
The Science Behind Pixar for OMSI Members:
$5 (adults) | $3 (ages 3-13) | $4 (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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