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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Perfect for young children

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lots of interacted things to for kids to do. I think it cost to much for a lot of people including seniors to take their grandkids.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We took our family with 3 young children (under 4 years old) and were super impressed! We all agreed that it excelled at activities for ages 1 to age 7. Older would be fine, but we really liked how much there was to do for the very young ones!! $10/person (even for 18 month old) felt expensive at first when... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Recently visited with my 5 yr old . We have been to so many great Children's Museums that this one seemed tamed in comparison . He finished it in few mins and was bored quickly . Good for children under 3, I think

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

When our children were young this building in Washington Park was OMSI. Now it's the Children's Museum and they both enjoyed it; especially the Veterinarian office and the art areas.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Our girls 1 & 5 both enjoyed a couple hours at this museum. The theatre area is a hit. We especially enjoyed the vet, grocery, dentist and water areas. $10 admission was reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

They have great learning features for kids young age and toddler. Not so much crawlers. There's tons of interactive stuff, you just got to jump in with your child. Call and ask about free times from 4-8 pm on Fridays. It is one Friday out of the month, can't recall.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Our 3 and 1/2 year old daughter had a lot of fun at this place. I thought it was better than the one we visited in Charleston, SC. They gave us a great discount for being on government assistance. So if you qualify, this is definitely a no-brainer. Either way, your kid will probably have a blast.

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Springfield, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Our first trip to the museum, our son is 2 and he had the best time! The water area was his favorite and we were so glad they had water aprons so he wouldn't get wet. The little grocery shopping was a little crammed but he loved it anyways. We were surprised to find out military got in free. We... More 

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Additional Information about Portland Children's Museum

Address: 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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