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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Every kid's dream come true!

This place is what every kid dreams of when they are little. It is a massive space equipped with a... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2015
Rachel V
Portland, Oregon
Best for 5 and under

Traveling exhibits, a play supermarket, workshop, vets office, working stage, train area, cafe... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2015
Jackie A
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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 room” (15 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 17 September 2015

This place is what every kid dreams of when they are little. It is a massive space equipped with a grocery store, vet hospital, theater and stage, arts and crafts including clay. It's a great way to get kids of their electronics and out to...More

Thank Rachel V
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Traveling exhibits, a play supermarket, workshop, vets office, working stage, train area, cafe, baby area- this place is a wonderland for little kids. Bigger kids will have fun too, but it is really geared towared the rugrats.

Thank Jackie A
Reviewed 9 September 2015

A wonderful experience for children. You can just follow them around and let them explore, learn, and enjoy!

Thank darcysmile
Reviewed 1 September 2015

I visit this several times a year with my granddaughter. The inside is super fun and the and the backyard is amazing! It's just simple kid fun stuff, but kids don't always have backyards like this any more. Really enjoyed it.

Thank Marmie C
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Don't miss this if you've got kids. There is everything from a waterworks to a vacuum delivery tube to a dress-up theater stage and more. If you have been to places like the Magic House in St. Louis, this is the same kind of place,...More

Thank James J
Reviewed 31 August 2015

My 6 kids just love the Children's Museum. And the new outdoor facility and play area was just awesome. Great value as well and search Groupon or Yelp for coupons. There were tons of things for my children to do and they are looking forward...More

Thank Joseph W
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Took my niece and nephew last weekend. Forgot what a treat this place is! Thank you Portland for having a place like this and keeping it updated so it always feels fun and original.

Thank glennl15
Reviewed 19 August 2015

This is where all parents of toddlers leave a good chunk of change on many rainy days ostensibly to find something to do for the kids. I dare you to not get involved. Kids, don't be put off by the word "Museum", this is just...More

Thank CTeverywhere
Reviewed 19 August 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 18 August 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
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11 November 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!