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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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This was my favorite place in all of Portland for kids. I liked it even better than the other... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
via mobile
Wonderful place to visit with young children!

I visited Portland's Children Museum with my daughter and my 6 year old grandson. We arrived... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
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Specialties A museum's name tells you a lot about what it treasures. You hear the name--art museum, history museum, automobile museum--and you immediately know what you'll find there: objects, rare and wonderful; encounters with the unusual; beauty for beauty's sake. The specifics differ, but in each case, the collection takes center stage. Our name shows what we treasure, too, and it tells you how we're different. We're a museum that doesn't act like a museum because our audience--children and the adults who care for them--is more important to us than anything we collect. Indeed, our audience is the essential component that gives our exhibits meaning. Instead of investing in precious objects, we use familiar materials to craft priceless opportunities for children to learn through play. Our approach is inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; built on inquiry-based learning strategies; and influenced by a strong image of children as intelligent, creative, and resourceful. History Established in 1946. In 1946 visionary Portlander, Dorothea Lensch, founded the "Junior Museum and Adventure House," as part of Portland Parks and Recreation. Lensch, who served as Portland's recreation director from 1937 to 1972, was particularly dedicated to meeting the needs of Portland's underserved communities. She developed innovative programs for children with special needs and for economically disadvantaged families, a legacy that lives on in our mission and core values. We moved to our current location in Washington Park in 2001, thanks to the incredible efforts of our partners including the Rotary Club of Portland and Portland Parks and Recreation. Our new building, the former home of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), is five times larger than the one we left behind, allowing us to expand our programs and add a school. In 2014 we completed Outdoor Adventure, opening new kinds of exploration and discovery to our community. We now host over 313,000 visitors every year.
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4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

This was my favorite place in all of Portland for kids. I liked it even better than the other museums around because it was compact, but conducive to learning with SO many options for any kid. Outside and inside. Crafts, trains, cars, digging, climbing, water,...More

Thank Rachelburkett
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I visited Portland's Children Museum with my daughter and my 6 year old grandson. We arrived shortly after it opened. So glad we enjoyed coffee and quick breakfast before entering the exhibits. We spent quite a few hours there. Grandson went straight to the water...More

Thank MJV88
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the Children's Museum while in Portland on vacation with my grandchildren, ages 2 and nearly 4. This museum offered something for each of them in every room. Construction projects, road and bridge fun with cars, pottery making (that you can take home), water...More

Thank Maripat B
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This place was a lot smaller than expected and some rooms seemed over stuffed with children. I really wish they had separate areas for different age groups because some of the older children put the younger ones in harms way as they plow through the...More

2  Thank oregondaisy2016
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Families with young children will likely love the Children's Museum. There are many different areas for children to explore, including a market, water area, forest, Makerspace, and theater area. The Children's Museum seems to frequently rotate their main exhibits and have lots of interactive art...More

Thank brightestblue
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I loved this museum. It had plenty of rooms for children of all ages. I love the theater and musical story time. I also love the water room and sculpting room. The staff are super nice. It has plenty of options to choose from.

Thank Irene M
Reviewed 18 January 2017

When we visited Portland in October 2016 we went there with our granddaughter. It has a series of different themed areas for the little ones. Shiloh enjoyed all the different exhibits. The two she liked the most were the grocery store and the vet's office....More

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This is our favorite children's museum in the area. It's spacious with many different activities. You can explore the grounds outside on a nice day. It's located next to the zoo. The snack/food bar is limited in what it offers. So bring food if you...More

Thank KLMTWolf
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you have young ones in your group a visit to the Portland Children's Museum is sure to be the highlight of their day. Lots of opportunities for interactive play and imaginative play. It is one of the better Children's Activities in the many cities...More

Thank ltspada
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Over the last six years, we maintained a yearly pass to the museum. It is totally worth it if your kids are 6 and under. There is so much to discover for them there and it is a very safe and covered place to hang...More

Thank Florian H
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12 November 2015|
Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. My best advice would be to call or email them with your question and someone should be able to assist you. Good luck!