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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Affordable, Educational and Fun!

We have been to the Zoo that is next door many times and always said we wanted to try out the... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2016
Michael M
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Lebanon, Oregon
Enjoyed by all 4 kids.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Children's Museum. We had a 9 month, 3yr, 5yr and 7yr old with us and... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2016
sarahjk4kids
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Calgary, Canada
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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 13 April 2016

We have been to the Zoo that is next door many times and always said we wanted to try out the museum and finally go the chance! We spent a good 2.5 hours here and easily could have stayed much longer! You do pay to...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the Children's Museum. We had a 9 month, 3yr, 5yr and 7yr old with us and they all found things to explore and enjoy. The staff/volunteers were very helpful, and even though it was busy, it was manageable.

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Reviewed 30 March 2016

We had a rainy day in Portland this past month (I know- that part is not unusual!) and we were going to meet our son and his family for a Saturday morning. When my husband and I went in they let us know that we...More

Thank Janet M
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Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

A very fun and interactive museum for the little ones. This was perfect for the kiddos after dragging them through more adult places all day. Mine are 8&9 and I felt like they were almost too old, but they still had a great time even...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2016

My 3.5 year old absolutely adored this museum. While there were kids of all ages there, the museum was a great fit for him. Lots of sections ready for imaginary play, including a play grocery store and a play veterinarian's office. We were there for...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Perfect spot to take your little ones regardless of the weather. Great indoor and outdoor exhibits. The theater is currently being renovated, and I can't wait to see what the end result is!

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Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

We love the children's museum , there are always new things to do and see . If you have very small kiddos I would recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds . Our granddaughter loves the clay room and the grocery store .

Thank Stephanie F
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

Fun place for children while being educational. So many activities and learning experience. I would encourage any with children to visit museum.

Thank Leland P C
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

Portland Children's Museum is a fantastic children's museum, especially for the younger set. Visit on a weekday or sunny weekend to avoid the crowds. Excellent location, right next to the Zoo and Washington Park, so you can combine with other adventures. I will say I...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2016

took our little nugget here on a rainy day. excellent museum with lots of activities, even for those under one.

Thank Ghazal M
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