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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) offers halls dedicated to earth science, life science, computers, chemistry, traveling exhibits and hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, the Empirical Theater, a submarine to tour, a motion simulator ride and a cafe. The museum, through its various games and interactive displays, offers an opportunity to exercise the grey cells and leave with more knowledge and information.
Founded by Conrad Talmadge Elwood in the year 1967, the Peculiarium is a museum dedicated to the strange and mythical stories and urban legends which the founder gathered during his extensive travels. With displays ranging from strange bugs and photo displays to exhibitions on Bigfoot and aliens, this place is a science-fiction lover's dream come true. Definitely not a kid's paradise, the museum also deals with many adult themes which are represented in the photo displays. There is also a gift shop from which you can buy unique posters, postcards, DVDs, books and much more. Having won the award for Best Offbeat Museum in Oregon in the year 2012, this establishment definitely lives up to its name of being one of the most peculiar museums in the state.
There are plenty of things for children to touch, grab, tinker and play with at the Portland Children's Museum. The museum's wondrous exhibits make use of the principles of cognitive science to create an environment that encourages healthy curiosity and a thirst for learning in children of every age. Through a variety of fun and engaging exhibits, the museum appeals to the precocious minds of little ones and adults alike, creating an environment in which learning is anything but mundane. A day spent at the Portland Children's Museum promises to be a fun-filled one for the whole family.
A nationally recognized contemporary art gallery in the educational university of Marylhurst is known for its exhibitions and preserving historical art of the region. The gallery showcases exhibitions of upcoming and established artists in the Pacific Northwest area. Since 1980, the university has exhibited the artistic work of more than 300 artists, produced more than 60 exhibition records and sponsored several public forums. There are no admission fees for public visits.
Associated with the Pacific University, the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art is an artistic foundation in the state of Oregon. It is named after the late Kathrin Cawein of New York, who was a talented print maker, contributed to the Pacific University and also endowed scholarship for arts students of the university. The gallery displays a changing collection of paintings, drawings, prints, stained glass, and sculptures. The exhibits are freely accessible to the public throughout the academic year.