It’s pretty obvious who this museum was built for, it’s all in the name. At
They are set apart from other museums where the collections take the center stage. Their target audiences are kids and the adults who care for them. Their audience is given more importance than anything that they collect.
They are focused on using familiar materials as learning instruments for children during playtime. This approach is inspired by the early childhood teaching schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; which is built on inquiry-based learning techniques.
They take pride in their Mission to develop problem solvers using playful learning experiences. They are committed to removing barriers to inclusion and equity, taking consideration that the Portland metro area is composed of 47% of children of color.
Their workforce is diverse and they welcome and engage people from all backgrounds. The same process of recruiting, hiring and promoting is applied to everyone.
The Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland Oregon, the nearest landmark being Washington Park where you can get a shuttle to take you to the Portland Children’s Museum.
Daily Hours are:
Museum: 9 am to 5 pm
Story Time: 11 am and 2 pm
Clay Studio: 10 am to 4 pm
Maker Studio 10 am to 4 pm
Pottery Glazing: Mondays, Thurs and Fridays 10 am to noon
Sat and Sun 2 to 4 pm.
The Museum is one of the top Museum’s for kids, learning is made fun and is ideal for families on vacation. Plan your visit and give your kids a truly amazing one of a kind experience.
Free for Museum Members
Ages 65 above: $10
Under age 1: Free
The Portland Children’s Museum programs and exhibits are meant for children from 0 to 12 years old, there is an admission policy that is being implemented as follows:
- The Museum may close due to special events, bad weather and holidays
- Adults ages 16 above should be accompanied by a child ages 0 to 12 yrs; sibling of the child is ok as long as they are from 13 to 15 years old
- Parents below 16 years are welcome with their own children
- Adults without kids are allowed to visit with prior arrangements
- Adults with disabilities are welcome to visit with their guardian or family member with at least a one to one ratio. Support persons are recommended to call in advance so that their staff can advise them on the level of activity in the Museum when the visit is scheduled. A personal introductory tour is given for adults with disabilities and their support persons.
- Caregivers and their children are advised to remain together at all times for safety purposes
- The Museum reserves the right to decline admission
- The Museum is a weapons-free environment and is subject to the Weapons, Fire Bombs and Explosives Policy of Portland Public Schools. No one except a Peace Officer shall have or enable another person to have a weapon, replica or explosive in the Museum premises.
- Service animals are welcome as long as they have a vest for ID purposes. Other animals and pets are not allowed except when they are a part of the Museum’s programs. Dogs or other therapy animals are not considered as service animals based on ADA policies even if they have a doctor’s note.
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