What's OMSI like?? In one word . . . loud. I happened to go on a Portland school holiday and kids were jumping around everywhere. Remember again I wanted to relax on my trip to Portland. This isn't the place to go for peace and quiet, but it's a great place to go for education.
My first stop in the museum was to see the planetarium show, "Pacific Nortwest Skies." I recommend sitting near the middle so you can easily see the entire ceiling. The show goes over all the major constellations and their visibilty throughout the year. The show is an additional $4.00 on top of the museum admission.
I was scheduled to see the next showing of "Coral Reef Adventure," but had some time to catch a bite to eat. The museum has a cafeteria-style eating area serviced by Aramark. They have pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. I ordered a cheeseburger, fries, and a soda, spending around $7.00. You have a choice of eating indoors or outdoors. Your admission is good all day with in and out privileges.
Now I am off to see the "Coral Reef Adventure" on the OmniMax IMAX screen. The museum is a bit confusing, but I managed to find the theater OK. The guide warned us ahead of time of the possibilty of nausea. He wasn't lying either. Some of the camera angles send your stomach for a whirl. They recommended closing your eyes and taking a deep breath to ease it. That worked for me and I was able to watch the entire movie. The movie is narrated by Liam Neeson and has discussions with marine scientists. It's about how coral reefs are dying and focuses on the reefs of Fiji. It's both educational and entertaining. It is another $8.00 on top of the museum admission, but well worth it!
I skipped the rest of the exhibits. It was time to go back to the hotel and relax (and run far away from the kids). Ha Ha!