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“Fun place with kids on a rainy day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portland Children's Museum

Portland Children's Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97201
+1 503-223-6500
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Ranked #26 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Rainier, Oregon
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“Fun place with kids on a rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

There are so many different educational and fun things to do here for kids of all ages. Entire little grocery store for little ones, water play, how to build a dam, etc. lots of fun, entertaining, but educational activities.

Visited January 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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“Great place for kids AND adults”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

Visited February 2014
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Spokane, Washington
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“Good toddlers- thats it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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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“Great Place for Toddlers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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

Visited March 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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“A wonderful place for Children”
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 where you can buy lunch outside of the zoo.

Visited March 2014
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