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“Fun Activities for the Kids!”

Portland Children's Museum
Ranked #31 of 480 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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 the whole family!

We had a great time with our grandkids and were able to participate in some of their activities. They were absolutely fascinated by how much there is to see and do here. Our visit was approximately 3 hours in length. Our grandchildren actually wore themselves out playing!

The museum is also near the Portland Zoo, so you can make a day of it with your children.

Thank Linda D
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

May is dog month at the Children's Museum. Very cool place, but weekends are crazy busy.Go during the week!

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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

We had a fun time at the Portland Children’s museum. Veterinarian clinic play area was a favorite. Interesting area outside to walk around. Over all good experience while visiting Portland.

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

If you're traveling with small children, it is always a challenge to find some place that will be of interest to them. Except for amusement parks, most tourist attractions are geared towards adults. I'm happy to say that Portland has a place especially for children roughly ages 2 - 10. The Portland Children's Museum can keep kids occupied for hours mostly entertaining themselves.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We stopped by this museum because it was listed on our museum pass. Quick little afternoon for the preschooler and toddler. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but after a day of museums and hiking, they wanted something just for them. Recommend for families of small children.

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