Explore the delicious science of gingerbread house construction at OMSI

Featured image: The yetis’ Mars Bar, part of the “Portland Outpost Mars” gingerbread masterpiece by MWA Architects and The Dessert Tray at a previous Gingerbread Adventures event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Updated November 29, 2018. All photos are from a previous Gingerbread Adventures exhibit.

What happens when architectural firms and professional bakers work together to build gingerbread houses?


From November 17 through New Year’s Day, see the tasty elaborate structures these six teams created at the Gingerbread Adventures exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland.

A previous Gingerbread Adventures exhibit at OMSI (photo by Cheryl Landes)

There’s a Planet of Roses, a city on Mars named Portland, and a yetis’ outpost on Mars that’s fashioned after their beloved home of Portland—complete with a gourmet coffee shop, bakery, microbrew pub, and beautiful parks.

Portland, Mars, created by SRM Architecture and The Nines/Urban Farmer (photo by Cheryl Landes)

You’ll also see a replica of the Kennedy Space Center, a human colony on Mars, and the Daleks preparing to face off with Dr. Who in a snowy Portland landscape.

“Ground Control to Santa Claus” at Kennedy Space Center, by LRS Architects and Nothing Bundt Cakes (photo by Cheryl Landes)

After your tour, drop a vote for your favorite creation in the ballot box.

Children can join the fun by coloring gingerbread people and posting them on the walls in the adjoining craft room.

“Marscape Superlife,” by Soderstorm Architects and Bon Appetit Management Company (photo by Cheryl Landes)

Gingerbread Adventures is open during OMSI’s regular hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, and is included in admission (buy tickets). The museum is closed on Monday.

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue (view directions). Parking costs $5, and the nearest MAX light rail stop is a 10-minute walk away (view MAX routes and schedules). For more information, visit OMSI’s website or call (503) 797-4000.


The Daleks prepare for a face-off with Dr. Who in Portland. Created by Dangermond Keane Architecture and Delice Chocolates and Confections. (photo by Cheryl Landes)

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