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“Wish we had one here!”

Portland Children's Museum
Ranked #29 of 445 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.
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“Wish we had one here!”
Reviewed April 6, 2005

What a neat place. We took our daughter (5) and son (1 1/2) and they LOVED it! There was so much for each of them to do. The baby was able to play in this little pit with trucks and pieces of ground up rubber. They also had a baby room with a slide shaped to look like a waterfall and the room is magical with a "tree" for the baby to play around. My daughter was able to paint her face with face paint and play in the shadow room and draw on the wall with a flashlight. They can make jewelry and take it home, cut out felt creations, and play with clay. There is a little "grocery store" with carts for the kids to play with. So worth the $6 per person. I only wish we had one near us! Would go back again in a second!

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“Great way to spend a rainy day”
Reviewed February 2, 2005

This is my kids favorite place next to Disneyland. It has wonderful areas to play and learn. It is always a chore to get them to go home. We travel three hours to spend the day here, it is worth the trip. There is a lunch area, but only vending machines. Bring a lunch with you. I always take a good book and I have a great day too.

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