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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Excellent place for kids to enjoy so many and varied activities! The constantly interactive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
joyw112
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San Diego, California
Fun For The Kids

We visited today - what a nice museum - we didn't even get to finish looking around it as our kids... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thegoodegg
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Chicago, IL
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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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4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place for kids to enjoy so many and varied activities! The constantly interactive environment allows children of all ages to be involved while parents, grandparents, etc. relax and enjoy some active involvement or just allow the ever present well trained docents to "guide" the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited today - what a nice museum - we didn't even get to finish looking around it as our kids were totally involved in the water room which was really fun. This is a lovely spot and one worth visiting for sure. I saw...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids had fun, no doubt, but for $51 USD, I was expecting a lot more. I would skip this next time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun watching our 3 and 5 year old run around from one section to another. They really enjoyed their time. We spent an hour here before heading next door to the Oregon Zoo. Probably 90 mins is the right amount of time to stay. Lots...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to Portland Children's Museum multiple times. Good for toddlers. If beyond that, will find it boring since it doesn't seem to have changed over the years. The visit this time gave me the impression that it has closed out certain sections and some areas...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are visiting from Houston, which has a phenomenal children's museum downtown and some stellar satellite locations in the suburbs. We decided to head to the Portland Children's Museum on a Wednesday morning. At $11 per person (2 adults and an 18 month old), perhaps...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

We spent a few hours here with our Children. Ages 5 and 1 and 1/2. There was plenty for both of them to do, and they were not bored. Great place to spend some time! And Fun activites.

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Reviewed May 27, 2018

I believe this is the third/fourth time I have taken the grandchildren to this museum. Each time I find myself not wanting to leave. I had doubts if my 8-yr. old grandson would enjoy this visit but HE DID! The five-year old once again didn't...More

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Reviewed May 21, 2018

Children of all ages love this interactive and educational museum. Bring your kids and they will have a wonderful time! You will have a wonderful time watching them experience this museum.

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

The Portland Children's Museum is chock-full of activities! Kids can participate in many different short interactive classes to make a variety of projects, play on a real stage in a theatre, interact with other children while playing in the miniature village and more! Fun for...More

Thank Linda D
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