How long have you been in the district?
We opened our doors here in 1992.
In a few sentences, could you tell us about the genesis of your business and its uniqueness?
In 1944, the museum took shape with the incorporation of the Oregon Museum Foundation, and, in 1949, businessman Ralph Lloyd allowed the Foundation to set up a temporary museum in a house he owned on NE Hassalo Street. In 1955, the City Council stepped forward and agreed to lease land in Washington Park to OMSI. In 1958, the hands-on museum of science and industry became a reality with the opening of the Washington Park location. By the mid-1980’s, a group of community leaders began a campaign to build a new state-of-the-art science center for OMSI. The project came together when longtime OMSI supporter, Portland General Electric, generously donated an 18.5-acre site that held a historic sawdust-fired power generation plant. Opening in 1992, the museum serves over 1 million visitors at the museum and through off-site education programs. OMSI is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs.
What is happening in your business right now that you’re excited to share?
Summer is just around the corner and we have more than 200 amazing camps and classes for kids of all ages. We are very excited to get our summer season of science-fueled learning and adventure underway!
What do like most about being in the Central Eastside Industrial District?
We enjoy being here because of the great proximity to Portland, our wonderful neighbors, and the opportunities we’ve had to work together with the CEIC in generating interest and employment opportunities within the district.
Company Website: www.omsi.edu