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Portland Children's Museum, Portland

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Portland Children's Museum was a children's museum located in Portland's Washington Park, adjacent to the Oregon Zoo. Founded in 1946, Portland Children's Museum was the sixth oldest children's museum in the world and the oldest West of the Mississippi. The 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) museum received over a quarter of a million visits from children and their families every year. It is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status and member of the Association of Children's Museums. In March 2021, the museum announced it would permanently close at the end of June, due to the financial loss brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • This place is part museum, part exploritoriam, part science lab, part library, part playground, part theater, a 100% engaging, educational and throughly enjoyable.  more »
  • Fabulous place for children between toddlers and around 11 years old. All kinds of mini sections to explore. There are opportunities for creativity, teamwork, solo learning etc. Kids can spend...  more »
  • Great spot for young kids! Great hands on experiences. Absolutely love the clay and mini maker space studios. A truly interactive and creative experience. I also appreciate their policy of only admitting adults who are accompanying or in groups with children. The food in the little cafe is great too!
  • It was my granddaughter's first visit and it did not disappoint! She was a very happy, busy girl. It is low key even with all the little ones there-actually relaxing. There is plenty of seating available at each section so adults can sit and watch their children, allowing them to explore on their own in a safe environment. We liked the fact that there was ample space at each exhibit with plenty of supplies. The HUGE surprise was the outdoor area-FANTASTIC! The veterinarian exhibit was a hit with all ages. It's a worthwhile and amazing experience for children. They actually get to use their imaginations. We will definitely be going back often.

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