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Support More Transformative Design in Portland!

Make a Year-End Gift   I hope you’ve had a chance to see our latest exhibition, Extraordinary Playscapes. A few weeks ago I was sitting outside next to the new playscape we ...

UNITE • How Portland Does Play

Join us for our next UNITE when a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the importance of play and playscape design. Our quarterly UNITE panel will delve into how play is related to design, psychology, ...

Extraordinary Playscapes • Exhibit through December 17

Hours: Everyday from 9am – 8pm   This national exhibition and education program explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, ...

Recap: Film Screening • The Land

Children are naturally curious. They see the potential for creativity in the simplest forms, from old cardboard boxes and rope to basic carpentry tools. But so often, protective parents and ...

Film Screening • The Land

Every season we screen a unique design-related film at local theaters. All are invited as we showcase documentaries, films from emerging directors, and movies that explore the creative process. This season ...

Kids Design Workshop • Pop-Up Adventure Play

Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are free, child-driven play events where children are allowed the autonomy to create playscapes that meet their individual needs. Materials such as tape, cardboard, tools, and fabric ...

Extraordinary Playscapes Opening Reception

Celebrate the opening of Design Museum’s Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition in PNCA’s sky-lit Gallery! On the evening of October 6th, during the First Thursday, get your first look at one of ...

Support our next exhibit: Extraordinary Playscapes

  Hi there! I write this on the cusp of our biggest project ever at Design Museum Portland — it’s focused on something we care deeply about: play. Yes, that’s me in the ...

Recap • Product Pitch Party

It all began over coffee, as some of the best ideas do… What if The Portland Maker Scene had a love affair with the television show Shark Tank? What if Design ...

Recap • Field Trip • Zidell Yards

Design Museum Portland Field Trips guarantee to impress. One of the many reasons is the opportunity for learning. Whether it’s learning a new skill, or getting to know Portland’s unique ...