World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, Portland, Oregon
4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon 97221| Map |
Fun, interactive exhibits, including ones that allow kids to ride virtual river rapids and operate a simulated logging machine, inspire learning in this kid-oriented museum dedicated to forestry.
Ashley D and 1 other parent have been here
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The museum is small, but its location near the Portland Children's Museum and Oregon Zoo makes it worth a stop.
Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon 97221| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Price: Adults: $8; Children: $5; Children under 3: Free; Seniors (62+): $7
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Educational and funFlag review
This is a small museum, all about trees and wood. We spent about 2 hours there, the kids loved the elevator that takes you to the top of the tree (extra $4) and the "parachute" that you have to land (while sitting in it) to the target. My 11 years old was ok, but I wouldn't recommend it for older kids.
Tips for Families
Recommended for a rainy day in Portland. If there is a good weather - go somewhere else.
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I know we aren't the target age group for this museum (late 20's), but my husband and I had a really good time wandering around and looking at the different exhibits. If you'll let your mind wander a little bit you'll find lots of things to spark your own thinking. For instance, is clear-cutting always bad? If the whole tree is used (down to the sawdust) how does this compare to the energy it takes to build a home with rammed earth or recycled plastic materials? Where exactly is the intersection between sustainable and profitable? One thing I really enjoyed is that they didn't try to over simplify the questions. For instance, when talking about world forests they didn't vilify indigenous people for using sla...
The world forestry center is pretty awesome for what it is. A small, modern museum dedicated to everything forest that sits next to the Zoo and the children's museum may be the hidden gem of the bunch. There are 2 floors full of hands on interactive displays that are both educational and recreational. I really like the way they present the material from an environmental stewardship standpoint but also making sure to acknowledge the need for a smart modern timber industry. The history of Oregon is certainly tied to trees, and for better or worse still is. My one gripe with the information presented is that all of the exhibits get kind of repetitive with most of them teaching the same lesson and showing ...