Free and Discounted Portland-Area Museum Days

The Portland area has quite the museum scene.But when you are taking your whole family for a museum outing, things can get a bit expensive. Enter: free and reduced admission days. Below you’ll find out the best times to visit some of Portland’s most popular kid-friendly museums if you’re on a budget. For our full list of area museums, click here

The Historic Belmont Firehouse. Slide down a fire pole and “ride along” on an emergency ride in the back of a mock fire truck while learning about fire safety. Free and open to the public Wednesdays and the second Saturday of every month from 9 am to 3 pm. 

Oregon History Museum. Always free for Multnomah County residents. 1200 SW Park Ave.

OMSI. For a mere $2, you can wander this great museum the first Sunday of every month. 1945 SE Water.

Oregon Zoo. Admission is only $4 every second Tuesday. If you take public transportation, you get another $1.50 off. 4001 SE Canyon.

Oregon Rail Heritage Center. This railroad museum near OMSI is free all the time, with three vintage engines and changing exhibits. Saturday speeder train rides to Oaks Park are only $5, with departures on the hour from noon-5 pm. 2250 SE Water.

Portland Art Museum. Get arty from 5-8 pm every first Thursday for free. Admission on Fridays after 5 is just $5. Kids 17 and under are always free. 1219 SW Park.

Portland Children’s Museum. Enjoy the museum for free from 4 -8 pm on the first Friday of every month. 4015 SW Canyon.

Washington County Museum. Snag free admission on Washington County Museum’s Family Day, held on the Second Saturday from September to May. In addition to free admission, you’ll also get to try out a craft, hear a story, and more. Hillsboro Civic Center, 120 E. Main St. 

World Forestry Center. Admission is only $3 the first Thursday of every month. 4033 SW Canyon.

Check out your  local library to reserve free passes to area museums and cultural institutions. Click here to see the page for Multnomah County’s My Discovery Pass, Washington County’s Cultural Pass, and Clackamas County’s Discovery Pass. (Thanks to our reader for the suggestion!)

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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  • Janice Crane

    Hi Ali! Another thing worth noting on here for Washington County residents is the Cultural Pass Program with the Washington County libraries- The libraries purchase memberships that can be checked out and used to get into several museums and gardens for free!

    • alipdx

      Excellent suggestion! Multnomah County has that too.

  • Angel

    Thanks a lot! It is money + time saving information for a new mom + new resident to Portland! 😀