June 20 is the Summer Solstice, an important moment in the astronomical calendar, as well as the longest day in the year, so it’s an appropriate time for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to begin a partial reopening.
Erin Graham, President and CEO of OMSI, said, “Our mission to engage people in science learning and building skills to make evidence-based decisions has never been more important than it is now. We all need science understanding and data to navigate the times ahead.”
OMSI issued a press release Wednesday announcing that the museum will begin reopening on Saturday with the popular BODY WORLDS: Cycle of Life, the USS Blueback submarine, and the Science Store.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITS
BODY WORLDS displays plastinated human body parts removed from human cadavers arranged artistically to show how the body’s various systems function. Dr. Gunther von Hagens dissected the cadavers in the early 1980s in order to create the displays.
Dr. Angelina Whalley, curator of the exhibit, said, “Knowing more about the fragility and resilience of the body at any stage of your life, strengthening your immune system to fight diseases, and exercising preventive care are key elements in taking on more responsibility for our health. I hope BODY WORLDS inspires visitors to stay as healthy as possible in these crucial times.”
The USS Blueback is a decommissioned Barbel class submarine which was once used by the U.S. Navy. You can look through its periscope, touch a torpedo, or climb into a real bunk while touring this piece of history. But then, now in pandemic, we’re not sure how much of that you can do.
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN PLACE
According to the press release everyone was issued, only non-interactive exhibits will open, so the museum can comply with Oregon Health Authority regulations. Also, admissions will be limited, and greater attention will be paid to cleaning. According to John Farmer, OMSI’s marketing and communications manager, OMSI was included in a category scheduled for early reopening, along with zoos, drive-in movie theaters, raceways, and outdoor gardens.
Tickets to BODY WORLDS are available at a special reopening price through the end of July at $20 for adults, $12 for youth from 3-13, and $16 for seniors 63 and over (for OMSI members, $12, $10, $11). Tickets to tour the USS Blueback are $8.50 ($7.50 for OMSI members).
John M. Burt