EXHIBITS & ART STUDIOS
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. Our permanent and traveling exhibits are designed and developed to encourage problem solving, imagination, and the wonder of learning. With every visit, your child will walk away with a unique experience that celebrates their creativity. Come explore our exhibits and find out which one is your child’s favorite!
Our feature exhibits are around for a couple months and rotate throughout the year. Our current feature exhibit, developed by the Museum, is called Cycle City: A Spin on Bikes (January 31 – April 27, 2014). The first in a new series of in-house exhibits, Cycle City will uniquely reflect Portland through an exploration of the creative potential of bikes beyond transportation. After Cycle City comes Outdoor Adventure. Opening April 22, 2014, Outdoor Adventure will transform more than 1.3 acres of previously inaccessible land around the Museum into an intentional, education-based, ADA-accessible outdoor play space. This exhibit will be our feature exhibit for a period of time but will permanent exhibit at the Museum. Click the logos to learn more!
MUSEUM EXHIBITS & STUDIOS
We also have many permanent exhibits that your little one can explore all year long (see below). Come take a walk through Zany Maze, one of our newest exhibits. Zany Maze features a labyrinth of hedges tall enough for children to feel hidden (but short enough for adults to see them), peek-a-boo windows, surprise passages and kooky topiaries. There is a gentle grass hill with a telescope dock as well as benches and tables for a picnic.
Click here to take a virtual tour of our exhibits or read about them below. Better yet, stop by the Museum and play!
Explore a multi-sensory, magical space designed just for our youngest visitors, birth to age 3
Grab a tool belt and hard hat to join the crew! Kids get to do their own “home improvement”
The Clay Studio
Who knew playing and creating with clay could develop fine motor skills?
Children enjoy a full-body sensory experience as they wobble across uneven terrain and dig to China
Join us in our recycled arts studio for earth-friendly construction projects
Grasshopper Grocery & Butterfly Bistro
Load up kids-sized carts and head for the checkout stand. Make a healthy lunch at the bistro
Children care for “pets” in a kid-sized clinic with checkups and walks in the Bark Park
Play It Again Theater
All the world’s a stage and at Play It Again Theater children can all be the players
Children find a cozy spot to read, listen to stories, and make up their own adventures
Just dark enough to make kids feel brave, children play with light and shadows
Children climb behind the wheel of a speeding ambulance, drive the city bus, or race toy cars and trains
Explore a serious lesson in cause and effect while splashing, pouring, and spraying