WELCOME TO PORTLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

HOURS

Open every day* from 9:00am-5:00pm

Target Free First Fridays: Free admission 4:00pm-8:00pm

*Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION

Museum Members: Free

Under age 1: Free

Ages 1-54: $10

Over 55 and military: $9

Access Admission*: $1

*To qualify, families must  receive some form of public assistance. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Group rates available if pre-registered.

MEMBERSHIP

Become a Museum Member and get great benefits at every level. Enjoy unlimited visits, discounts on products and programs, invitations to special events, and more.

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We understand that you probably have one eye on our website and the other on a certain someone who’s pretty eager to get to the Museum to explore, so we’ll be quick. The Portland Children’s Museum is the museum that doesn’t act like a museum. You won’t find any velvet ropes inside, and playing with and touching our exhibits is strongly encouraged. Our main exhibit is the imagination of the children who play here.

We’re also so much more than a museum. In the same building you’ll find Opal School and the Museum Center for Learning. Opal School is a public charter elementary school and tuition-based preschool where we focus on “playful inquiry,” an approach that places the mind in its optimal state of learning. The Museum Center for Learning, on the other hand, is an ever-expanding research institute that guides the development of the Museum and Opal School curriculum. Lessons we learn here inform childhood-development conversations around the world. For over 60 years, Portland Children’s Museum has inspired imagination, creativity and the wonder of learning in children and adults by inviting moments of shared discovery.

Don’t forget your pennies! Stop by our Penny Press, near the front doors, to squish one lucky souvenir and take home a piece of the Museum.

TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT

"Less" can actually mean "more"
The Museum is big – you don’t have to see it all in one day or rush through. In fact, the more time your child spends in an exhibit the more engaged he can become in the activities, which can lead to increased learning.

Follow your child’s lead.
Children often surprise us with their interests. Observe your child. What types of activities does your child enjoy most? What activities keep your child’s attention the longest? These observations help you to understand and appreciate your child more.

“Read it again, mom/dad!” Repetition, repetition, repetition.
Young children can also exasperate us with their singular fascinations, but those are an important part of child development as children learn through repetition.

We have more tips and tricks for your visit to the Museum in our Museum FAQ Page. And of course, you can always ask one of our friendly staff members for help anytime during your visit.

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