MUSEUM ACCESS PROGRAM
The Museum Access Program helps families who face economic, social, or physical barriers share in the joy of the Museum. In addition to offering reduced-cost memberships to qualified families, the Community Partners Program collaborates with over 200 organizations like Title I schools, government agencies, and nonprofits to develop strategies to connect under-served communities to the arts.
Families who receive some form of public assistance (WIC, free or reduced school lunch, Section 8, TANF, etc.) are eligible for $1 single day admission per person. Please be prepared to show proof of eligibility at the Box Office upon your visit to the Museum. Portland Children’s Museum also participates in Arts for All, a program for Oregon Trail cardholders. Access admission is not valid toward group visits.
Target FREE First Fridays
Come enjoy the Museum for free, courtesy of our friend Target, from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. On occasion the date is moved to another day in the month; check our homepage or calendar for updated information.
Family Access Membership
The Family Access Membership is a $15, year-long membership for families who are receiving some form of public assistance. It includes unlimited admission for two named adults and four named children, two free guests with each visit, one named caregiver (e.g. nanny, grandparent, etc.) as well as discounts in the Museum Store and on camps, classes, birthday parties, and rentals.
For more information and applications, click on the following links:
FAQs: Family Access Membership
Q: Does my family qualify for the $15 Family Access Membership?
A: If your family lives within a 25 mile radius of Portland, receives income assistance in anyway (please see the list below for possibilities) and has children ages 0-12, you qualify for the membership. Foster families automatically qualify for the Family Access Membership.
Q: What is needed to apply for a Family Access membership?
A: A completed application and a copy of one of the following requirements WITH CURRENT DATES. Do not send originals, they will not be returned. (Please note that we cannot make copies.)
- Food Stamps
- Free and Reduced School Lunch
- WIC (Women Infants and Children)
- TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families)
- Section 8 / Public Housing
- CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan)
- Low Income Energy Assistance
- Foster Home Certificate (issued by DHS)
Q: How do I turn in my application materials?
A: By mail to Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221, OR by fax to 503-223-6600, OR email firstname.lastname@example.org, OR turn application and materials in at the Museum Box Office.
Q: How long will it take to process my application? How will I know when I am a member?
A: In 2-3 weeks you will get a letter in the mail informing you if you have qualified. If you qualify, bring in the letter and your photo ID upon your first visit to the Museum. You will then be asked to pay the $15 fee. Please wait to pay the $15 fee upon your first visit to the Museum.
Q: How long will my membership last?
A: Family Access Memberships are year-long memberships. Your membership will begin upon your first visit to the Museum and your payment of the $15 fee.
Q: What if I do not qualify for Family Access membership?
A: On every first Friday of the month, Portland Children’s Museum is free from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. courtesy of Target.
Title I Schools
Head Starts and Title I schools are eligible to be a Community Partner School. Becoming a Community Partner School qualifies your school for discounted group admission rates on field trips. Click here to apply.
Organizations that work with families or children who have significant barriers to accessing the Museum may be eligible for a Community Card. A Community Card admits for up to six people and one staff member from the organization. If your organization is interested in a Community Card, please contact our Museum Access Program at email@example.com.