The Science Behind Pixar
What happens before an animated film reaches the big screen? The Science Behind Pixar is your chance to experience the science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts used by artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen.
This exhibition was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. © Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.
68th Annual Oregon Agate & Mineral Show
FREE EVENT | 9:30AM-5:30PM
Explore the wonders of nature at the Annual Oregon Agate and Mineral Show. Enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Presented by the Oregon Agate and Mineral Society (OAMS) 30+ exhibits will be on display.
Special features include: the Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem; a food table, which showcases rocks that look like food; an active Kids' Corner; and hand-crafted jewelry and window hangings made by OAMS club members.
OAMS members will be on-site demonstrating the equipment and process used to prepare rocks for display. These include a big saw used to cut slabs, a trim saw used to create a design, a grinder to shape the specimen and a polisher to put the finishing touches.
The OAMS has been a long-time partner of OMSI and proceeds from the Show are donated to OMSI’s Hancock Field Station located in Central Oregon’s John Day River Valley, an area world renowned for its fossil-rich rock formations and fosters geology learning.
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 everyone can see 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 space science educator.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
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!
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, in immersive IMAX®, 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.
Duration: 46 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Volcanoes: Fires of Creation
Join intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, descends into a boiling lava lake in Vanuatu and visits incredible acid ponds, geysers and mineral deposit fields in Ethiopia. Travel across the globe to see the archeological ghost town of Pompeii, hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the ocean, and the devastating effects of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.
A planet born of fire, the Earth along with its extraordinary ecosystems and wildlife habitats has been – and continues to be – shaped by volcanic energy. The story of volcanoes is the story of the world’s creation and the story of us.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
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.
Laser Romance Under the Stars
Laser Romance Under the Stars takes on "light-hearted" romantic songs in laser light!
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.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it—and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
National Parks Adventure
Explore the wilds of America in this new giant-screen film as big as the outdoors!
Narrated by Academy Award® 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® 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.
A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. Major support provided by the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
Local support for National Parks Adventure provided by Airstream Adventures Northwest.
The Science Behind Pixar | Member Preview Night
Member Preview Night is an event that gives OMSI members the opportunity to see the latest featured exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar, before the general public and at a discounted rate! Costumes are encouraged.
About The Exhibit
Discover how some of your favorite Pixar films were brought to life! This is your opportunity to get hands-on with the science, technology, math, art, and engineering concepts used by artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen.
Pixar Member Preview Admission Prices: $5 for adults, $3 for youth, $4 for seniors.
- Exhibit tickets are timed, so your purchased ticket will be assigned a specific entry time.
- Preview night tickets must be purchased the day of, are only good for the Member Preview Night and are only available to current OMSI members.
- Admittance to Member Night is limited to the number of people attached to your membership and is based on a first come, first served basis.
Free to all members. Capacity is limited so seating is first come, first served. Please attend only one show. Shows are approximately 30 minutes.
5:00PM Starry Nights LIVE! | Planets, constellations, the zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all in the night sky if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars, and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer.
5:30PM 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.
6:00PM Laser Show | Laser Movie Madness
Come witness science in action! Our Physics and Chemistry Lab Educators will demonstrate fun and educational activities throughout the evening.
Swing by the Turbine Hall, learn how to draw fun characters, and create your own animation comic at the craft station!
The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization. ©Disney/Pixar