The Top Ten Family Friendly Museums in Portland, Oregon

Looking for a great place to take the kids that is also educational? In Portland there are a variety of museums, some kid friendly and some not so much. So where is the best place to head if you have kids? We have compiled a list of the top ten family friendly museums in Portland, Oregon, so that you know the best places to head to and what to expect when you get there. We have done the ground work figuring out which museums in the city are best for kids and why. For example the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is geared for kids with tons of hands on activities, including science experiments, making it an extra fun museum for families. Then there's the Historic Belmont Firehouse that is almost a local secret, but a fabulous museum for families, especially those with kids into being a fire fighter someday. The Portland Art Museum makes our list for having a special day every week just for kids, making an internationally known art museum family friendly. We included the Portland Children's Museum which is dedicated to hands on learning for children making it the perfect place for families.

We hope you enjoy our top ten family friendly museum list and have a fun family day at one of them.



Oregon City is an easy drive from Portland, and the Interpretive Center, with its covered-wagon-style buildings, is worth the journey. The Center is especially great for kids since it has costumed interpreters and plenty of things to see and...  Read More



Built for Henry and Georgiana Pittock (who lived in the house from 1914 to 1918), the Pittock Mansion is a stunning architectural specimen and a repository for elegant furnishings. Pittock Mansion has 22 rooms and the gardens outside having...  Read More

Oregon Historical Society Museum


History buffs and novices alike will enjoy a visit to this informative museum that tells the tale of the Native Americans and hearty pioneers that settled the Oregon Territory in the mid 19th century. The Oregon my Oregon exhibit will walk you...  Read More

Museum of Contemporary Craft


If you are a DIY kind of person or crafter you will love this museum. In partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft examines the past, present and future of craft and design. The permanent collection...  Read More

Cultural District


Founded in 1892, the Portland Art museum is the seventh oldest museum in the nation and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Art Museum is renowned for its extensive permanent collection, which showcases everything from rare and...  Read More

Oregon Maritime Center and Museum


For a real taste of maritime travel and commerce in years past, you'll want to visit this intriguing museum. Its exhibits feature navigation instruments, model ships, photographs, memorabilia and artifacts from actual vessels. Exhibits are...  Read More



This impressive museum next door to the Oregon Zoo is styled like a contemporary lodge and educates visitors on forests around the world. The role of woodlands in nature and in human life is detailed, and old-growth forests of the Pacific...  Read More

Financial District


This interactive museum seeks to stimulate children's interest in the natural world and in society. Hands on exhibits foster an understanding of such concepts as sound, gravity and medicine by promoting experimentation and fun. Kids can toy with...  Read More



Dedicated to technology and science, this museum offers interactive educational exhibits that everyone can enjoy. The museum's six huge halls are filled with hands-on displays related to everything from outer space to computers. Labs throughout...  Read More



Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation and Portland Fire & Rescue have teamed up to bring you a remarkable facility known as the "Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum," at the Historic Belmont Firehouse. Tours are usually last an...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan