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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Great for kids

Fun, hands on learning experiences for kids of all ages to help their creativity and critical... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Megan H
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Great Museum for Youngsters

If you have a child or grandchild around 18 months to preteen age, this museum has plenty of “hands... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kent S
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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 6 days ago via mobile

Fun, hands on learning experiences for kids of all ages to help their creativity and critical thinking skills. There are exhibits and activities centered around real life scenarios for learning life skills and how things in the world work. There isn’t a lot or adults...More

Thank Megan H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have a child or grandchild around 18 months to preteen age, this museum has plenty of “hands on” exhibits to keep them busy and active. There’s a water area where the kids wear water resistant aprons & play amongst several water play exhibits....More

Thank Kent S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When my kids were under 6 they loved going here. Lots of hands on play for the kids. Now that they are a bit older they prefer places like OMSI

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

My 4.5 years old son love this place. We’ve been taking him to Portland Children’s museum since he was 1 year old 1 to 2x a year. Lots of educational materials available for kids, they do have classes as well.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Initial response was that it seemed expensive. The muesum is very spread out which is good and bad. Pretty much every area had no one managing it and there was just stuff everywhere (costumes, food items, props, etc.) The stage area was pretty cool, along...More

Thank Andrew B
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

I thought the entry fee was a little expensive for parents (who are mostly just watching their children play) and we had to pay for our 1yo who didn't get to do much there. Our 3yo had a lot of fun, however got a little...More

Thank Lockstock79
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

$11 each even if you are just watching your child play. That is a little much. Parents & grandparents should only have to pay a couple dollars. The stage area is a waste of space. My grandies loved the water play, but one of them...More

Thank navymom64
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Both my daughter's ages 6 and 8 had a blast here. There are tons of different areas to keep little ones busy. Also it's right next to the zoo.

Thank Kimberly D
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Although I think this Museum is a lot of fun and the multiple exhibits are very creative and well done, I do have to disagree with previous comments that this museum is geared towards children 0-14.... I feel that it's best suited for 6 and...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

I have come here with my nieces and family on multiple occasions and has always been a good experience. Love all the exhibits and the experiment stations that are there, and there's something for all ages. The thing is like about this place is how...More

Thank Vjay S
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