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“Great visit if you are entertaining children in Portland”

Portland Children's Museum
Ranked #38 of 454 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

If you are "caught" by a rainy day in Portland with young children - up to about 12 yrs. old. The Childrens Museum is a great place. Very hands on experiences - varied skill levels and lots of encouragement of creativity. We spent a great afternoon there - everyone was in a great mood and exercised and got rid of some excess energy. Good for the grownups too!

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

We had a good time but I was shocked to find that the there was an admission fee for kids under 2 (it's starts at age 2). There's a lot to do, and you can easily spend 2hrs here. It's a great deal for the locals but for tourists it's more of an indoor playground.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

very interactive and enjoyable, for young and old. Planetarium was a blast as well. Go early for a more relaxing experience...

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a great place for young kiddos. My daughter is almost 6 and can read really well so I feel she was almost too old for this place. Most of the activities are very sensory driven such as playing with clay, building with recycled material, playing in the water structures, etc. But it was a fun place for her to be creative.

The dinosaur exhibit was kind of disappointing. It was pretty much just statues of dinosaurs with many boards to read, which is fine but it looked like they just had a vacant room and threw that stuff in there.

As I mentioned, this is the perfect place for kids under 7 or 8. The price isn't bad and it's a good way to let their imaginations run wild. I'd say a must go.

Thank Tracey_and_Addie
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Our 4-year-old love, love, loved this place! We stayed for over 4 hours. It is well worth a visit, especially for little kids. The exhibits are creative and educational, the entrance fee is reasonable, and the food in the cafe is healthy and delicious. A must-see in Portland for families with kids.

Thank CdnMtnGal
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