As a VENUEHost your event…

Impress your guests with built-in science entertainment and unparalleled service. Our location on the eastbank of the Willamette River in the heart of Portland makes for breathtaking city and river views, while our world class exhibits spark curiosity for guests of all ages. We can accommodate a wide range of event types and sizes, including * museum-wide receptions * company picnics * meetings and * film screenings. Hosting your event at OMSI is sure to make any occasion unforgettable.

Planning something? Look no further! We’ve got the space, the tools, and the team to make your event perfect. Fourteen distinctive spaces are available:

  • Entire Museum: Interactive and nationally acclaimed exhibits set a stunning backdrop for your private, after-hours event with each hall offering a different theme and a variety of seating and catering service options.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 1,000 guests, Reception – 2,500 guests
    • 225,000 square feet
  • Theory Restaurant: The perfect location for your next dinner or evening reception with waterfront views of the Portland skyline. Theory offers an open, airy floor plan with custom furnishings, reclaimed wood accents and a fireplace.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 200 guests, Reception – 300 guests
    • 9,100 square feet
  • Featured Exhibit Hall: Our featured exhibit hall is home to several rotating exhibits through the year and is adjacent to Theory.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 120 guests; Reception – 300 guests
    • 16,700 square feet
  • Turbine Hall: Experiment with technology and physical sciences in this hall named for the large turbine generator that serves as its focal point. Learn how technology affects our daily lives and changes our future. Popular exhibits include the Innovation Station, Autovation Exhibit, Earthquake House, and Nanotechnology exhibit. This highly dynamic space is a popular choice for reception-style events.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 120 guests; Reception – 300 guests
    • 13,400 square feet
  • Life Hall: Located on the second floor of the museum, the Natural Sciences hall invites visitors to explore the nature of human growth and development, the structure and function of the human body, and the impact of advancing technology on health care and choices.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 100 guests; Reception – 150 guests
    • 6,000 square feet
  • Courtyard: Featuring a 30’ x 75’ tent, this outdoor space is popular for company picnics and evening receptions and features dynamic city views along the Willamette River. It’s the perfect spot for company picnics or evening receptions.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 225 guests; Reception – 300 guests; Theater – 200 guests
    • 4,700 square feet
  • Auditorium: A multi-functional space perfect for presentations, panel discussions, lectures and meetings.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 160 guests; Reception – 250 guests; Theater – 300 guests; Classroom – 125 guest
    • 2,970 square feet
  • Parker Room: Located on the top floor of the Turbine Hall, the Parker Room is ideal for small professional meetings and features river and city views.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 36 guests; Reception – 50 guests; Theater – 50 guests; Classroom – 30 guests
    • 650 square feet
  • Fishbowl: Originally the Theater projection booth, the Fishbowl is a creative space for small meetings, retreats, or receptions.
    • Capacity: Banquet – 30 guests, Conference – 36 guests, Theater – 50 guests, Classroom – 30 guests
    • 850 square feet
  • The Empirical Theater: Book a private large-screen viewing or opt for a lecture-style presentation venue in OMSI’s top-of-the-line theater space.
    • Capacity: Theater – 300 guests
  • Planetarium: Featuring a state-of-the-art projection system, the recently renovated Kendall Planetarium is a memorable venue for meetings, concerts, or private laser light shows.
    • Capacity: Full Dome Show – guests; Half Dome Show – 90 guests
  • Submarine: The US Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine is ready and waiting with hourly rental options.
    • Capacity: 100 people per hour
  • Bridge Lot: This 2 acre gravel lot features stunning waterfront views and is perfect for concerts, festivals and other large outdoor events.
  • The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray: Host your next retreat on the Oregon Coast in the beautiful city of Newport at The Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray! Camp Gray features three bunkhouses with 52 beds. Each bunkhouse has 6 rooms with 8 beds and 2 smaller rooms with 2 beds each, as well as bathrooms with showers. Camp Gray amenities include Meyer Hall (great for a large group meeting), 2 small classrooms with A/V, wireless internet, 3 covered outdoor porches, onsite food service (or choose a licensed caterer), fire pit, a beautiful coastal setting, and close access to Newport.
    • Overnight accommodations for up to 156 guests

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As an EATERYFood for thought…

Hungry? We’ve got options.

  • Empirical Café: Looking for a quick bite? Stop by the café while exploring the museum or before catching a film.
  • Theory Restaurant: Our riverfront restaurant will satisfy your curious taste buds with nutritious, locally-sourced food.

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Members Are Meaningful! An independent and beloved Oregon nonprofit for 75 years, OMSI is dedicated to inclusive science exploration for the region and relies on earned revenue, membership and contributions rather than ongoing government support. Your membership provides a financial base for transformative science learning all while providing you with a great value and never-ending ways to explore. Five halls full of over 200 interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. As a member, you get to explore and enjoy all year long with free general admission and more. Two visits could cover the cost of membership! Give your loved ones something to look forward to, with even more science experiences to come throughout the year. The gift of an OMSI membership means their family can travel through the cosmos, examine ancient fossils, help support accessible science education throughout the community and get member benefits like free general admission, discounts on virtual events, summer camp, submarine tours, and more! Membership at specified levels is offered: OMSI for 2 * Family * Family Plus * Friend, and * Patron.


Why OMSI? Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) helps everyone discover their love for science. Without diverse scientific thinkers, decisions can be uninformed, and fears—not facts—motivate actions. We have a vision that OMSI, collaborating with partners, will ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology and design that spreads opportunities across the Northwest. Through hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits, engaging lab activities, camps, classes, and outreach programs that span across the region, OMSI empowers a scientifically-literate community by exploring the connections between the big wide world and our individual impact.

  • Make a Gift: Your support will help spark an interest in science for over one million children and families per year.
  • Planned Giving: Light a path for the future by leaving a legacy with a lasting impact. By making a planned gift you will provide long-lasting support and ensure out-of-school science learning opportunities are available for generations to come.
    • Gifts of Stock & Bonds: Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to our organization.
    • Gifts of Real Estate: Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property can make a great gift to our organization.
    • Gifts of Retirement Assets: Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan is an excellent way to make a gift to our organization.
    • Gifts of Cash: A gift of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift.
    • Gifts of Insurance: A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to charity. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.
  • Corporate Sponsorships: Make smart business connections, reward your employees, and build STEM-literate communities. Reach new audiences, improve brand recognition, engage clients, and reward employees. With plenty of sponsorship and membership options, you’ll be a hero for supporting science education in your community.
  • Foundation Partnerships: Ignite an education transformation that spreads opportunities across the region. Grant funding from local, regional and national private foundations—accompanied by support from government agencies—is crucial to our work.

Volunteer: It takes a village: Our volunteers come from all over, bringing energy and talent to the museum. From greeting visitors to presenting amazing science demonstrations to helping behind the scenes, there’s a place for you here. We’re Ready for You. Share your passion for learning and science with your community by joining our volunteer team. As an OMSI Volunteer, you’ll gain new skills and experience, meet interesting people, and enjoy a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. What does it take? Most volunteer positions require at least 8 hours per month for at least 9 months.

Internship: OMSI has a wide range of work-study and internship opportunities serving students with professional, impactful avenues to engage in experiential and community-based learning.

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