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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 ...

Extraordinary Playscapes

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, and social equity. What we learn ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Paul Bunyan • The Story Behind The Statue

If you are from Portland, you know about the Paul Bunyan statue in the North end neighborhood of Kenton. If you don’t, you should — and you are in luck, ...

Field Trip • Zidell Yards

An exclusive event for Director’s Circle, Patron, and Advocate level members. Back in the days of wooden barges, Emery Zidell had a vision: use the recycled steel plate from scrapped ships ...