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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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Portland Loves Their Children

I took my 4 year old and 19 month old grandchildren to the Portland Children's Museum thinking there would not be much to engage the 19 month old. The exhibits were all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Largo, Florida
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Largo, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I took my 4 year old and 19 month old grandchildren to the Portland Children's Museum thinking there would not be much to engage the 19 month old. The exhibits were all interactive. They offered a stage, dress up, a clay room, a water room, a construction room, a light board, and so much more! The kids had an awesome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Came with 4+6 yrs old a monday afternoon. Fantastic hands-on mix between exploration and playground, perfect for up to 9-10 yrs. Great architecture and condition, both kids loved it as the "best museum ever". Go there!

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I took my 2 year old son here for the day and he loved every minute of it! He was able to play and part take in all the activities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

My son is almost 3 and he loved this place. We were there for 2.5 hours and there was just so much fun to be had. From water works, to kids play grocery store, this place is a must visit with kids!!! We can't wait to go back the next time we are visiting Portland.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

First off, my seven year old is a little mature for this place as we found out. But it was super fun for our two year old. Definitely worth going to once if you've got smaller children and have never been. Good, little cafe near the entrance with fair prices if you choose not to bring your own food. Several... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

One of my favorite children's museums from Honolulu to the Rockies. The outdoor exhibits are especially fun in warm weather.

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The Dalles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

we always just go to the zoo but i was like why not museum this time. we have 3 kids and all of them just loved how everything was so real like at the museum. the food to play kitchen looked so real and everything else at the museum was just great on how hands on and kids can act... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This museum is great for toddlers through elementary school, but there's not really areas specifically for smaller kids, so if you go when it's crowded or there are school groups it's more difficult for the little ones. I think a weekday morning would be ideal. It's a little pricey - even 1 year olds are charged $10. If you plan... More 

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Grangeville, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I visited the Portland Children's Museum recently with my young grandchildren. This is a great children's museum. There were numerous areas set up like real life. There is a Vet Clinic, Theater, Circus, and tons of other things. We were there on a Sunday and it was raining in Portland so it was pretty crowded, which was a bummer. I'd... More 

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a very hands on museum for young children. I know that children ages 3-8 can stay and explore for hours. It's the parents who tire before the children.

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