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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is offering free general admission for furloughed federal employees and their families during the partial government shutdown.

In an effort to ease the financial burden for federal employees in the community, OMSI joins a number of other institutions opening their doors to families impacted during the shutdown including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Historical Society and the Portland Art Museum.


“OMSI is a place where our community can come together to seek inspiration and ignite their curiosity. I hope a visit to the museum will ease the stress and offer an educational respite for families affected by the shutdown,” said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO.

The offer is good for up to four people and will last throughout the shutdown. It is also good for federal contractors who are affected. To receive free general admission, furloughed employees must show their federal ID or badge at the front desk.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon and throughout the region. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.