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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Road, Lair Hill Park, Portland, OR 97201
503-223-6500
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Ranked #21 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Children's Museums
Owner description: Make a splash in Water Works; move "dirt" in the Dig Pit; direct a show in Play It Again Theater; scan items from your kid-sized cart in Grasshopper... more » Owner description: Make a splash in Water Works; move "dirt" in the Dig Pit; direct a show in Play It Again Theater; scan items from your kid-sized cart in Grasshopper Grocery; create a masterpiece in our Clay Studio and The Garage, our recycled art studio. Hear stories under a Treehouse, grab a snack at Caterpillar Cafe, sing to weekly musicians and check out our ever-changing traveling exhibit! Welcome to the place Where Imagination Lives! « less
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Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

interactive activities were enjoyed by the whole family; educational fun without homework!! family is still talking about the various exhibits and can recall random facts that surprised us. exhibits change so need to plan for regular visits

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Spokane, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

My two kids are 9 and 5. This place wasnt for them but we didnt know until we paid the admission fees and went in. I should have looked into it further before going but I went off all the good reviews. Its a good place but not for kids older than pre-school age.

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Portland, Oregon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

We have taken our granddaughter here a few times (3 yrs old) and she loves it, especially the water, the grocery and the vet.

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

In fact we are going there today -- my grandchildren 4 and just turned 7 and myself. There is a new exhibit (and new exhibits are frequent and keep you coming back) plus loads of fun things to do for children of all ages. You must bring a camera. And, it is one of the few places in Washington park... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We went into the Childrens Museum after we had been to Oregon Zoo, and it was worth going in. When we first went in, we were worried that our son was a little old (he's 8) for some of the attractions, but I'd say that, whilst it is probably better for slightly younger, there was enough to keep him occupied... More

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Hong Kong, China
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

After a few days indoors, it was a great escape for the whole family. Our 3 year old loved it, we enjoyed it. It certainly under promised and over delivered. We left to Hawaii the next day, and after two days there, our son asked to fly back to Portland and back to the Museum. ;)

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Bend
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is in the parking lot the Zoo is in, so if you have time you can go there after. It is a great experience for the kids. If your looking for food the best place is the restaurant at the entrance of the zoo.

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San Francisco
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is a great museum for children because things are very interactive. Unlike most kid's museums this one is fairly large so expect to spend at least two hours. Given the number and variety of exhibits, they do a good job of catering to children of all ages.

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Huntsville, AL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went on the first friday of the month, which is free. The line was a bit long and we were worried about it being too crowded, but the place is so big that once we got inside it wasn't bad at all. The kids loved it!

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Spokane, WA
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186 reviews 186 reviews
67 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Kids love this place. There is a lot to see and do here. Unlike most museums, kids are encouraged to touch and interact with the exhibits. This can be an especially handy place to go on a rainy day. There is an on site cafe and gift shop.

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