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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Wonderful children's experience

My daughter has brought us here three times with our small grandchildren. EACH time they have such... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Manhattan Beach, CA
Museum fun

We took our 3 year old granddaughter and 7 year old grandson to this museum.They both enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Janet C
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“water play” (15 reviews)
“water area” (11 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 4 days ago

My daughter has brought us here three times with our small grandchildren. EACH time they have such a wonderful time...especially enjoying the water portion of the museum . My youngest granddaughter received a year-long pass so she is able to enjoy the fun whenever she...More

Thank sdrnek22
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took our 3 year old granddaughter and 7 year old grandson to this museum.They both enjoyed themselves, and their favorite part was the water play and the workshop where my grandson built a birdhouse. They were also able to create with clay. The staff...More

Thank Janet C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our children loved the trip. It was so involving. Activities were great. Parents are also able to be involved.

Thank Alexia V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance fee is a little expensive parking is not including and it's not free there part of the Oregon Zoo area. if you have the money great, i still recomend this to people.

Thank Tony989
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family has had a pass for the past couple years. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn and have a little freedom to play. The exhibits are well thought out, from a digger with crumbles of old rubber tires to scoop up,...More

Thank Sara G
Reviewed 4 May 2017

My son absolutely loved it. Being a toddler, he was able to explore and touch everything. Each area had it's own theme, and set up so he could move around at his own pace. He split most of his time between the stage area, the...More

Thank KeithMil2
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We have been visiting the Children's Museum for about 5-6 years and our Grand Kids up to about 8 years old really enjoy it. Many hands on activities and special sessions and classes for them. Some better than others. Many exhibits where they can be...More

Thank Bullet-PDX
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Worth the money for the day if you have stir-crazy kids who are sick of doing adult things in Portland. Activities that engage children and adults alike. Worth a try!

Thank travelingfolks2015
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went on a rainy day when the adjacent zoo was closed so the place was packed. The good thing was that the Grand Kids liked it so it has to be good. However, parking was not free ($1.60 an hour) and admission was $10.75 per...More

Thank Bob K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This was my favorite place in all of Portland for kids. I liked it even better than the other museums around because it was compact, but conducive to learning with SO many options for any kid. Outside and inside. Crafts, trains, cars, digging, climbing, water,...More

Thank Rachelburkett
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When r they having the kids from Africa come again to sing this year
12 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!