Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability.
We recognize that forests are truly amazing places critical to our own survival, and we want you to come away from your museum experience with that same feeling. Forests are ever changing, face many challenges, and require proper management to be sustainable. By using the forests of the Pacific Northwest as an example, you will see how forests have systems, structure, and cycles, and how they affect our lives each and every day.
New Exhibit for May and June only!
Wildfires Destroy More than Trees
A new exhibit all about wildfire in Oregon is on display in the Discovery Museum. The exhibit will provide children and adults with information about how to plan and prepare for fire season.
Special family-friendly activities are planned in conjunction with the exhibit each Saturday in May starting May 5 through May 26 and again on Saturday, June 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Smokey Bear will appear every Saturday in May and on June 9. On those dates there will be live displays of fire-resistant plants, coloring and activity books for children, and a prize wheel. Visitors in May can also enter a raffle for a free hanging-flower basket donated by Means Nursery in Scappoose.
On Saturday, June 9 a restored 1930s Oregon Department of Forestry AA flatbed fire engine will be on display.
“Wildfires Destroy More than Trees” is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry and the non-profit Keep Oregon Green.
The Future of Tall, Mass Timber Innovation
September 2017-September 2018
With its innovative spirit and sustainable forest resources, Oregon has become the epicenter of the most significant disruptive of building technology since steel and concrete altered urban skylines.
The Future of Tall explores the present and future of mass timber and how it’s rapidly gaining attention among architects, engineers, developers, and contractors.
Forests around the world face multiple challenges. On the second floor we highlight People and Forests, and how they interact around the world. You will “travel” to different regions meeting people who are faced with the many issues of keeping forests in their countries sustainable.
Group Reservation Form
Self guided tours to the Discovery Museum can be reserved using the following link. At this time, we do not offer guided tours.
For more tour options through other organizations, please visit: LearnForests.org