The Best Kid-Friendly Museums in Oregon

Museums that feature hands-on exhibits will help children learn more about art, science, and history. Here are a few of the best kid-friendly museums that you should plan on visiting in Oregon.

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Portland Children’s Museum

The Portland Children’s Museum is the ideal place for kids who love to learn with hands-on play. Enroll in Opal School classes or let the museum host your child’s birthday party. Plenty of fun activities for children of all ages to take part in all throughout the year such as Invention Month and Storytime.


OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Enjoy a day filled with wonder and excitement when you and your family visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This kid-friendly location features various hands-on exhibits such as a real laboratory, and special events like the OMSI After Dark astronomy show. There is a high-tech, 4-story screen movie theater on site and the location also offers classes throughout the summer.


World Forestry Center – Discovery Museum

The World Forestry Center allows visitors of all ages to learn, explore, and have a memorable time at their Discovery Museum. Study the world forests with special exhibits that feature different types of forests from all throughout the world. The Discovery Museum has special hands-on exhibits and activities including interaction with local wildlife and a ride on the logging locomotive Peggy the Train.


Museum of the Oregon Territory

The Clackamas Country Historical Society showcases the rich history of the area with seasonal events and exhibits held throughout the year. Past exhibits include the Kaegi Virtual Pharmacy which showed what it was like inside a 1910 pharmacy using virtual reality. Admission to this museum is $8 for adults, $ for children ages 5 to 17.


Oregon Air & Space Museum

The Oregon Air & Space Museum has provided fun facts and amazing exhibits to aviation lovers in the area since 1991. This museum is dedicated to the display and teaching of historic aircraft and aviation, as well as space technology. Admission to this museum is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 17.


Science Factory

Science enthusiasts of all ages are sure to love a visit to the Science Factory. The only hands-on museum in Lane County offers visitors the chance to learn about science and technology through hands-on exhibits. Programs take place all year round and parents can book their child’s birthday part at this location.