About Us

The Science Factory Children's Museum & Exploration Dome was founded in 1961 as a branch of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).  It was incorporated in 1977 as the Willamette Science & Technology Center (WISTEC), an independent 501(c)(3) corporation.  The name "Science Factory" was adopted in 2002.  We are the only general science center in Lane and surrounding counties.


Our Mission


To engage children, excite their curiosity and inspire them toward a lifelong love of learning about science, technology and humanity.


We strive to accomplish our mission through hands-on exhibitions and associated programs, planetarium programs, school tours, science camps, computer workshops, special events, and programs for teachers and guardians.  Our primary audience is children ages 2 to 14 years and their families and teachers.



Our Vision


We envision a scientifically literate community that fosters learning and innovation.



Our Values


Scientific Integrity










Affiliations & Sponsors

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