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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Had a blast

This is one of the best children's museums we have ever been to in our travels. We enjoyed all of... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
Palm Coast, Florida
via mobile
Great museum for younger kids

A really good children's museum, but know that it's geared for the toddler set. Lots of... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2015
Paul P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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“water play” (15 reviews)
“water area” (11 reviews)
“clay room” (10 reviews)
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4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best children's museums we have ever been to in our travels. We enjoyed all of the indoor and outdoor activities. We spent an hour in the clay room alone and my son was so excited to climb the tree outside....More

Thank ReneBeneH
Reviewed August 18, 2015

A really good children's museum, but know that it's geared for the toddler set. Lots of interactive stations, but probably tops out at 5-6 year olds.

Thank Paul P
Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went with our Grandaughter and family. It is a wonderful place so many things for them to see and experience.. We spent a lot of time there Many educational things for them to learn sharing, hand to eye, cooperation with other children. Take the time...More

Thank patricia s
Reviewed August 16, 2015

It's not big, and if your kids are older than 5-6, they probably won't like it. That said, for the 5 or younger crowd, this place is a good way to burn a day. Exhibits on water, construction, digging, pottery, shopping, and story time at...More

Thank DP_42_Towel
Reviewed August 15, 2015

Our kids are 18 months, 5 and 7.5 year old boys - all three of them had to be dragged away, and we must have been there for 4 hours. So many great imaginative play areas to explore, and so many brilliant props - staff...More

Thank shedzy
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Took two grandchildren [at their suggestion] and it proved immensely successful. This isn't a museum in the conventional sense, more a place full of interactive displays for kids including a small theatre, a supermarket, a vets and so on. Our kids would have stayed all...More

Thank lancashireexile
Reviewed August 13, 2015

My friend and I took his boys (3 and 5 yrs) here and had an absolute blast! From playing in the water works, to the tree house, space station, the outdoor areas... this was a place where a kid can run wild, learn new things,...More

Thank Heidi W
Reviewed August 12, 2015

I would recommend this place for children 6 and under, it's not really for older kids and 6 might even be too high. Lots of hands on things for little ones that they can touch and play and experience. Lots of fun but lots of...More

Thank Niblet98
Reviewed August 6, 2015

We had 9 kids in total and it was really a fun time. Word of wisdom: try to do the water room last..... you'll see why (wet, squeaky kids throughout the rest of the museum otherwise - because of course my kid refused to wear...More

Thank Megan D
Reviewed August 5, 2015

This place is every child's dream! Dramatic play at its finest. We recently enjoyed the outdoor play area which was a nice place to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun.

Thank Family_Jules1969
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When r they having the kids from Africa come again to sing this year
November 11, 2015|
Response from Heidi W | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. My best advice would be to call or email them with your question and someone should be able to assist you. Good luck!