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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), 1945 S.E. Water Ave., offers more than 200 hands-on exhibits in five thematic halls as well as eight labs. Learning is enhanced through participation in experiments, demonstrations and classes. Visitors can uncover a fossil, experience an earthquake, become an engineer, examine the lives of forest animals, discover the intricacies of the human body and learn about space exploration.

Special exhibitions, such as Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, change often; phone ahead for current schedule. Stargazers can catch a show in the 200-seat, 52-foot domed Kendall Planetarium, while the Empirical Theater () features daytime documentaries and nighttime Hollywood blockbusters. Laser shows also are offered. For the adventurous, a 45-minute tour of the U.S. Navy's last active duty diesel-electric submarine USS Blueback offers a sneak peek into life aboard a real submarine ().

Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

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