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Portland Children’s Museum

Kids and adults can enjoy the interactive exhibits of this museum, which encourages creativity, exploration, imagination and expression.

Visit the Portland Children’s Museum to drive an ambulance, play with water and experiment with light. Kids will love the hands-on activities that inspire creativity, investigation, thought and self-expression. The exhibits are designed for visitors aged from 6 months old to early teens. 

The museum has 12 permanent exhibitions, specifically designed for kids to explore and parents to observe. In Building Bridgetown kids can work individually or as a team as they carry out home improvements with their own tool belt. Learn about the causes and effects of water in the Water Works studio or sit at the wheel of an ambulance in the Vroom Room. In the Twilight Trail kids can enjoy experimenting with light and shadows. 

Go to the Grasshopper Grocery, where kids can load miniature shopping trolleys with goods and then scan them at a checkout. Listen to stories and adventure tales in the Treehouse Adventure. Let kids hide, get lost and then find their way inside the hedges of the Zany Maze.

Ask at the entrance about the museum’s temporary exhibits. The museum also runs ceramic, music, painting and science classes. Visit the museum’s official website for further details.

Situated in Washington Park, the Portland Children’s Museum is a 15-minute drive from downtown Portland. The museum is easily accessible via public transport such as buses and light rail. If you are arriving by car then pay for parking. Combine your visit with a trip to the Oregon Zoo or explore the picturesque walking trails of Washington Park.

The Portland Children’s Museum is open daily, except for select public holidays. There is an admission fee. Enjoy free admission during the evening on the first Friday of every month. Adults may only enter the museum when accompanying a child. Find full opening hours and fees on the museum’s official website.


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps from Yamhill National Historic District and Mill Ends Park. World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are also within 5 minutes. Yamhill District Station and Morrison-SW 3rd Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

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    409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Roseland Theater, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art Museum and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station is only a 4-minute walk and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

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      809 Sw King Avenue, Portland, OR
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              425 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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