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“spend the day there if prepared”

Portland Children's Museum
Ranked #30 of 447 things to do in Portland
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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.
Ballinskelligs, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
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“spend the day there if prepared”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

i visited here with my 4 and 5 yr old boys. Found it a bit expensive to get in and had to pay 4$ for parking on top of admission. However we got there early and could have spent the whole day easily. Unfortunatley the cafe was closed for renovations so when we got hungary had to leave to get something to eat. But so many different areas for the kids to play in they never got bored. i should have brought a book or something for myself as i was ready to go after 3 hours , however the boys loved it and keeep asking to go back.

Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Great place for kids (especially on rainy days!)”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We moved to Portland earlier this year and signed up for annual membership. Definitely worth doing, especially if you live in Portland and are looking for activities to do with the kids when it rains (which is quite frequent). Children's Museum has lots of fun activities for kids - play grocery store, vet office, construction site, as well as an interactive stage, water play zone, clay making zone, plus other play areas. The Museum also has rotating activities as well as seasonal ones. If you sign up for membership you get discounts on certain events as well as ability to stay for longer hours (for selected events). Definitely recommend going for a visit if you are visiting in town with kids, and if you live in Portland highly recommend getting the annual membership.

Visited November 2012
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“Art for kids”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Amazing rotating shows for children. The latest - Chagall for Kids was lovely. Highly interactive for the children and fun to donasna family.

Visited November 2012
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Beaverton
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“Amazing Place!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

The activities available to children is absolutely impressive! My 2 year old daughter loved being a Veterinarian, applying face paint and exploring the water station. We plan to visit a couple times each year!

Visited September 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Well worth the visit.”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We went here as a large family group (15 kids ranging from almost a year to 16 years old) and everyone had a great time. I can see how it might not be as fun if it was packed...as little ones could easily get trampled on in all of the free play areas... The kids started by painting a picture in the Chagall exhibit, then we went to the clay room and sculpted...again...ALL ages of the kids were engaged (the oldest two were helping little ones) then we sort of went all over. There is a wonderful, enclosed play area for kids 3 and under. Our daughter LOVED it here! The train room was fun, kids enjoyed "The Pit", the Theatre Room, and the water play area (might want to do this one last...) A niece also loved the animal hospital area and we saw lots of action in the grocery store. We bought tickets online on the museum website ahead of time and saved not only a dollar per person, but the $4 parking fee. We WILL go back.

Visited November 2012
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