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Portland Children's Museum

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Address: 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Number: +1 503-223-6500
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Description: Specialties A museum's name tells you a lot about what it treasures. You...
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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Awesome!!! a lot of great things happen there. My kids and wife loved it. We always planned a trip there every fall. My kids love the fake market and the water area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Awesome!!! a lot of great things happen there. My kids and wife loved it. We always planned a trip there every fall. My kids love the fake market and the water area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We got the membership and have gone many times. Never had a bad experience. Staff is friendly and helpful, plenty of exhibits and they even fired our clay sculpture for a couple dollars my daughter sculpted and glazed a great father's day present. We love PCM and will be getting another membership next year SO worth it.

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Ely, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great place to bring the kids. We have done a lot of traveling through the NP and love to stop and have the kids explore other kid friendly museums. The kids enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There are so many activities to keep kids busy. They have the new outdoor maze and hiking area. They have coats and rain boots available for kids to use outside. Indoors they have an always changing area (once it was Wizard of Oz, another time a circus, a construction zone....) a tree house with story time, a "dig pit" with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Easy access parking. Across from the zoo. Lots of hands-on exhibits. -- water play station, carpenter shop, pretend grocery store, kitchen, art center, etc. puppet shows and story times at scheduled times. Small gift/toy shop at entrance. Children must be supervised by parent while playing (not a drop them off type place. Rooms are available for private kid birthday parties.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is our second trip back to Portland Children's Museum - it truly is amazing. So fun to see your kids engage in hands on play. Highlights - Grocery store, pet clinic, water room, theatre, clay room and brushing the alligators teeth. Food in the cafe was really good, fast, healthy-ish and not that expensive for what you got. The... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My daughter love the kitchen and water areas. The food inside is overpriced, but it's in Washington Square next to the Zoo and close to the Rose and Japanese Gardens.

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Hot weather have your kids grumpy? Go to the air conditioned Children's Museum for hours of fun. This is for kids up to about 9 years of age. Lots to do from a little store to water play. Take a picnic lunch to eat, as they will not want to leave for hours. It's right across from the zoo, so... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Visiting Portland we stopped and spent a couple hours at this museum. We had a 5 & 3 year-old and they had a good time. This is a really interactive museum. The kiddos painted their faces, made crafts, played with clay, etc. I feel it's definitely geared towards younger kids. I did notice several "older" kids (10+) got bored easily.

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Seattle, WA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This museum is good, but a bit overpriced for the experience. If it is close to you and your child is the right age (your child would need to be at least 3 to really enjoy most of the activities), it might be more cost-effective to buy a membership.

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Additional Information about Portland Children's Museum

Address: 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97201
Phone Number: +1 503-223-6500
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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