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Portland, OR

OMSI Turbine Hall

This two-story space hosts STEAM focused Innovation Stations, which offer hands-on learning experiences

Built in the early 20th century, and home to the Physics Lab, Chemistry Lab, Curium and Epicenter, the renovation of the Turbine Hall resulted in 6,200 square feet of new exhibit space. This two-story space now hosts the Innovation Stations, which offer hands-on learning experiences empowering visitors to solve some of modern society’s biggest challenges through science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The current stations in the exhibit also were created through partnerships with local companies with a connection to STEAM. The Curium is designed for younger kids, where they can play with air power, big blocks and a giant instrument called the Soundstack, while the Epicenter is a new earthquake simulator (replacing the old Shake House) that allows visitors to experience big temblors. The Innovation Stations offer several smaller hands-on activities that encourage problem solving.


  • OMSI


  • Dangermond Keane Architecture
  • Felt Hat


  • Renovation