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Portland Children's Museum

4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2759
+1 503-223-6500
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Exceptional customer service, best part of our vacation

We have a 2yr old toddler with sensory processing disorder & autism who we can't take out in public... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2016
aussieteef
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Boise, Idaho/Cairns, Australia
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You must have a child with you to enter this museum!!??? We are a retired couple in our 60s. We... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2016
Janet S
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Lakeland
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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 2 May 2016

We have a 2yr old toddler with sensory processing disorder & autism who we can't take out in public very long as sounds & crowds quickly overload his senses & he shuts down into inconsolable screaming fits. We haven't had a weekend away and thought...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

You must have a child with you to enter this museum!!??? We are a retired couple in our 60s. We have a pass to the Museum of science and industry in Tampa Florida, which allows us entrance into a multitude of similar museums around the...More

5  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

We visited for one morning and both kids, aged 1 and 4 really had a great time playing with all the exhibits. We are vegetarians and loved the fact that they had wonderful choices for our lunches as well as healthy food for the little...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

This is a fun little place for kids. I remember going as a kid with my mom. Fun little exhibits and labs for the kids to do.

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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Our two-year-old was in heaven playing veterinarian and pretending to shop in a market. She also loved the water play area. Our 5-year-old, a veteran of many children's museums, was quickly bored by most of the exhibitions and we sat and read books. He did...More

1  Thank BEM124
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

Every child would simply adore the amazing range of hands on exhibits at this Museum. They will delight in the clay room, mirrors, car room and every other fascinating play and discovery area.

Thank Australian57
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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

1  Thank Michael M
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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

Thank bethtm29
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