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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Only OK, and a little pricey.

I thought the entry fee was a little expensive for parents (who are mostly just watching their... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cairns, Australia
via mobile
Pricey for what you get

$11 each even if you are just watching your child play. That is a little much. Parents... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington
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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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 23 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

Thank BC_Travellers123
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
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I found my happy place and from the looks of it so did my granddaughter! We had a blast wandering from space to space as our 3 year old discovered all of the exhibits. But the MAKER Studio and the Clay Studio stood out! With...More

Thank artsysstr
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I have gone many times, at least once a month, with my now 7 and 5 year olds. Both have loved going every time and we spend at least four hours here every time. There are activities ranging from highly active and social interactions in...More

Thank skajjm
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Our girls (7 and 9) loved it so much they wanted to stay until it closed! There's so much to do for children 0-14, both indoor and outdoor, that they never get bored! Excellent children's museum! 5 stars!

1  Thank MomfromAZ
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This place should be called the baby Museum. Do not get deceived by the name! This is just a rubbish place that most kids will get bored by! In the outside area the is a mud pit. Your kid will get caked in mud (there...More

Thank rusugiru
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Several different activities to keep young children busy. The activities encouraged imagination and cooperative play. However, I was disappointed that the activities were at a low level and not advanced in thinking. I believe it was designed for very young children. My 8 year old...More

1  Thank YolandaWilson
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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!