The OMSI Planetarium: It's Your Space

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OMSI Eclipse Reveal Mug and Viewing Glasses

Exclusive eclipse reveal mug and eclipse viewing glasses designed by OMSI. Just add a hot beverage to witness an eclipse every day! Orders placed by 7/25/17 ship by 8/15/17. Orders placed after 7/25/17 ship no later than 1 month after completion of campaign.


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OMSI Eclipse T-Shirt (Men’s) and Viewing Glasses

Exclusive eclipse T-shirt and eclipse viewing glasses designed by OMSI. Don’t view the eclipse without eye protection! Seriously, your eyes will be very grateful. Orders placed by 7/25/17 ship by 8/15/17. Orders placed after 7/25/17 ship no later than 1 month after completion of campaign.


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OMSI Eclipse T-Shirt (Women’s) and Viewing Glasses

Exclusive eclipse T-shirt and eclipse viewing glasses designed by OMSI. Don’t view the eclipse without eye protection! Seriously, your eyes will be very grateful. Orders placed by 7/25/17 ship by 8/15/17. Orders placed after 7/25/17 ship no later than 1 month after completion of campaign.


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OMSI Eclipse Merch Bundle

Exclusive reveal mug, t-shirt, patch, and eclipse viewing glasses designed by OMSI. Watch the celestial event of the century in style! Orders placed by 7/25/17 ship by 8/15/17. Orders placed after 7/25/17 ship no later than 1 month after completion of campaign.


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A Year in the Planetarium

Treat yourself to a year’s worth of starry adventures and surreal laser shows. Since debuting our first planetarium in 1950, technology has leapt to 360-degree, full-dome projection that combines thousands of images into a journey across the cosmos. The dark side of the planetarium presents laser shows set to music ranging from Pink Floyd to Beyoncé. Package includes 12 vouchers for one (1) admission to a planetarium show. Passes expire on September 30, 2018.


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Eclipse Super Fan (in Portland)

(1) VIP ticket to OMSI’s eclipse viewing party in Portland. Enjoy a light breakfast to maximize your skywatching pleasure. Space science activities will include Star Quilts, Planispheres, Pocket Solar Systems, Sun Dials, and more. Includes Eclipse Merch Bundle (t-shirt, mug, patch, and eclipse viewing glasses). Viewing party is Monday, August 21, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Party with the Cloud City Garrison

(1) Ticket to the exclusive viewing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at OMSI’s Empirical Theater, including gourmet pub fare, Star Wars-themed beer and cocktails from Rogue Ales & Spirits, and a chance to mingle with your favorite characters brought to life by the Cloud City Garrison. Customers will only receive email confirmation with further event details. Party is Sunday, September 24, 2017, 5 p.m.


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Maximum Totality: OMSI’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing in Salem

(1) Ticket to OMSI’s Total Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Salem Fairgrounds. Tickets have been sold out for months, but you can get them here exclusively! While much of the state will be scrambling to view the TOTAL solar eclipse (totality can’t be seen in Portland), you’ll be among the first IN THE WORLD to see this amazing celestial show. Includes Eclipse Merch Bundle. Viewing is Monday, August 21, 2017, 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the L.B. Day Amphitheater, Salem, OR.


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Private Planetarium Experience for 20 at OMSI After Dark

Can you say Laser Beyoncé? That’s right, you and 19 friends can throw a private party in our beloved Planetarium dancing your hearts out to “Drunk in Love.” Or if Beyoncé’s not your jam, throw it back to psych-rock legends Pink Floyd, or launch deep into the stratosphere with a space show led by OMSI’s resident space science expert Jim Todd. Spend the rest of the night exploring the museum with a beer in hand at our most popular adults-only experience, OMSI After Dark. 3 drink tickets per person. 21 and over. • Option 1: Wednesday, October 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by public OMSI After Dark: Spirits until 10 p.m. • Option 2: Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by public OMSI After Dark: Sugar & Spice until 10 p.m.

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Funding ends on Aug 21, 2017 at 04:59 PM PDT (11:59 PM UTC)

Help us upgrade Oregon's beloved planetarium.

The OMSI Planetarium – It’s Your Space

The Planetarium has been one of OMSI’s most well-loved experiences since the museum’s opening. It’s a place to witness the awesome power of a black hole or to immerse yourself in a surreal Pink Floyd laser show.

But it’s fallen far behind the latest technology and we need your help to bring us up to speed.

What Does the Planetarium Need?

The roof is leaking. The seats are sagging. And the projector – the very tool that fuels a planetarium’s ability to transport you to the edge of the solar system — is on the verge of technological irrelevance.

The last time our planetarium’s system was updated, the iPhone didn’t exist. Today’s technology allows for 3-D, real-time graphics, custom views into the cosmos, and live data displays from NASA for the most immersive space science experience you can imagine. When the upgrades are complete, OMSI will boast the most cutting-edge planetarium in the Pacific Northwest.

Funds raised from this campaign will be used to support the refurbishment of the planetarium and a new projection system by January 2018. This includes new carpeting, comfortable theater seating, and a new projections system. OMSI is a 501c3 non-profit. We do not receive metro or state funding and rely primarily on ticket sales and individual donations to stay open. That’s why we’re asking for your help!

The Total Solar Eclipse

Here you can buy tickets and swag for the once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, and help us upgrade Oregon’s beloved planetarium while you do it. After all, it’s YOUR space.

OMSI is hosting a viewing party at the State Fairgrounds in Salem, and while tickets have been sold out for months, you can find them here exclusively.

Salem will be in the path of totality, unlike Portland, and the town will be in full darkness for nearly two minutes starting at 10:18 a.m. Stars will come out, the horizon will glow with a 360-degree sunset, and day will turn into night. While much of the state will be scrambling to view the TOTAL solar eclipse, you can be among the first in the world to see this amazing celestial show. You can find out more information about this viewing party at their website here.

Salem will be in the eclipse's path of totality.

OMSI Eclipse Merchandise

All available Eclipse Merchandise is exclusive, original, and custom-ordered for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The full Merchandise Bundle comes with a mug, t-shirt (in the Men’s style), patch, and eclipse viewing glasses.

How will you remember the eclipse without this nifty t-shirt?

Team

Jim Todd
Director of Space Science Education

Jim Todd has worked in space science education at OMSI for nearly 33 years. Additionally, Jim manages OMSI’s Kendall Planetarium, which means wearing many hats: programming in astronomy and space exploration, teacher training in astronomy and space education, and coordinating OMSI hosting of star parties in conjunction with local amateur astronomy groups. Typically, nearly 200+ people attend a star party, with the largest attendance being for the annual Perseid Meteor Star Party each August. Just recently he became a part-time Instructor for PCC Sylvania teaching Astronomy Education.

Dan Schlegel
Development Project Specialist

Dan Schlegel joined OMSI’s development team nearly two years ago. He enjoys telling the OMSI story of reaching over one million people per year with hands-on science education. Many Oregonians only know of the main campus in Portland, but OMSI offers outdoor science camps at Camp Gray in Newport, OR and Camp Hancock near the John Day Fossil Beds in eastern Oregon, and Dan thinks that’s pretty awesome.

Ginny Wong, Meng Vue, and Daniel Smith
Space Science Educators

The Space Science Educators have presented countless hours of laser and astronomy shows, hosted public star parties and other astronomy-related events for visitors of all ages. Each Educator has the rare ability to make astronomy fun and engaging, which sets a great example of promoting OMSI as a center of excellence! Their cheerful personas and welcoming attitude make people feel comfortable and ready to explore astronomy. Their passion for the planetarium, OMSI, and space science learning are infectious.

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Credits

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned science center providing science learning to a range of audiences.


Daniel Schlegel

Development Project Specialist

Jim Todd

Director of Space Science Education

Daniel Smith

Space Science Educator

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