Portland Children's Museum meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but for us accessibility means more than compliance with the law of the land. We are committed to making the Museum a rich and rewarding experience for all, regardless of any specific needs they may have.

Our new Outdoor Adventure area is designed with accessibility in mind, and our staff members are always on hand to offer any assistance that may be needed. Of course, our indoor space is also designed to welcome all children. Children using wheelchairs can pull up to a worktable in the Clay Studio and Maker Studio. And our ever-popular Waterworks exhibit offers low tubs and water tables. Every exhibit is designed to be welcoming to all children, so we invite you to come and explore for yourself.

Portland Children’s Museum works hard to ensure all families have access to the Museum and feel a strong sense of welcome, safety, and respect. We invite families with children experiencing disabilities to visit the Museum during our regular operating hours as well as our monthly Access Play events. These low sensory playtimes are calmer, less crowded, and a great way to habituate your child to the Museum’s exhibits under minimal stress. In partnership with our friends at FACT, Autism Society of Oregon, Swindells Resource Center and others, the Museum is pleased to offer Access Play as an event reserved for families with children experiencing disabilities, and their friends. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or feedback at 503.471.9914 or wwelsh@portlandcm.org.

Our next Access Play events are:

Tuesday, January 17, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

Adults experiencing disabilities are welcome to visit with their family members or support persons with at least a one-to-one ratio. Support persons are encouraged to call 503.471.9911 in advance so that Museum staff can advise you on the activity level of the building when you plan to arrive, particularly if you’re planning to visit as a group. The Museum offers memberships for adults experiencing disabilities and their support persons, which includes a personal introductory tour to help ensure that the individual can optimize the success of their Museum visit; please call 503.471.9914 for more information.

We are also very eager to hear about new ways to serve the children in our community and we welcome your feedback, suggestions, questions, or concerns. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your thoughts.