Portland, Oregon, United States is home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), which showcases technological and scientific exhibits. It has a planetarium, a large-screen theater, and an exhibition hall filled with interactive displays focusing on science, technology, and industry. The subjects covered by temporary displays are more varied.
Portland‘s OMSI complex features a four-story cinema screen, a planetarium, a submarine from the United States Navy, and interactive educational exhibits. There are bright, engaging, and instructive displays for kids of all ages, as well as hands-on and interactive displays, throughout the galleries. Energy, ecology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, and technology are just a few of the disciplines represented.
The USS Blueback, a nuclear-free submarine that served for over 30 years, is currently docked outside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Hunt for Red October centered on this submarine. Visitors can now board the ship for an informative tour.
In February of 1994, OMSI made the purchase of the USS Blueback. Before being hauled to its current site on a dock next to the museum, this submarine appeared in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October. It first welcomed visitors in May of 1994, and by September of the following year, it had been added on the National Register of Historic Places. Outside the main museum area, by the Eastbank Esplanade, stands the propeller, a National Submarine Memorial. Guided tours and overnight stays on the submarine are offered every day.
Temporary displays, both those made by OMSI and those brought in from other museums around the world, are displayed in the Featured Exhibit Hall. “Grossology,” “Giants of the Gobi,” “A T-rex named Sue,” and “CSI, The Experience” are just a few examples of our past displays. The third installment of Gunther von Hagens’s Body Worlds exhibition ran from June to October of 2007. The record for the most visitors to any traveling exhibit at OMSI was broken by Body Worlds 3 at the end of September 2007, when 300,000. OMSI presented “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” by The National Guitar Museum in September 2015.
After its time as a PGE power plant, the massive steam turbine was deactivated and given the name Turbine Hall. It has displays on engineering, physics, chemistry, and space exploration. Two levels can be found in the Turbine Hall. The main floor is where you will find the majority of the exhibits and educational spaces. The mezzanine level features displays of lesser importance. Here in the Innovation Station, you may get your hands on some cool gadgets and ingenious new ideas at the interactive exhibitions. The Turbine Hall is connected to the Physics, Chemistry, Technology, and Laser Holography Laboratories.