Our Museum

COVID-19 Closure

To support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, World Forestry Center’s staff is working remotely. We have temporarily closed our Discovery Museum and Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

“An absolutely amazing facility with many hands-on displays and interactive areas. Very informative and fun! I would highly recommend it for all ages.”


Change The Way You Look At Trees!

Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot Discovery Museum is sure to delight anyone from ages three 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.

Built in dramatic Northwest Regional style architecture, the stunning space has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can get a bird’s-eye-view of a Northwest Forest, meet people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa, and Brazil to discover how those regions utilize their forests and address the challenges they face.

Museum Hours

Labor Day through Memorial Day
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – CLOSED
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday – CLOSED
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday – CLOSED

Museum closed on
Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Eve,
& Christmas Day

Museum Admission

$8 for adults
$7 for seniors (age 62+)
$5 for youth (3 through 18)
Free for children under 3


4033 SW Canyon Rd.
Portland, OR 97221

Forests of the Pacific Northwest exhibit with trees

First Floor

The Pacific Northwest Exhibits on the first floor focus on the role our forests play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. The Forest Store offers guests unique gift and souvenir options, many made in Oregon.

Display of a large tree within the museum.

Second Floor

The People and Forests exhibits on the second floor take a global perspective, exploring how people around the world are connected to and dependent on their local forests. You will also find the Leadership Hall and our exhibit on Portland’s historic Old Forestry Building.

Inside of the museum, a crowd gathers around displays of forestry. trees and logs are highlighted exhibits.

Museum Events

Throughout the year, we hold a variety of special events at the Discovery Museum. From our themed TREEmendous Second Saturdays to our free Community Days, there is something for everyone.

Explore Before Your Visit

Browse the photos below to explore the Discovery Museum before you visit. Already visited? Find your favorite exhibit or display.

A woman compares her wingspan with a large cut-down tree stump inside of the museum.

Support the Museum

A donation to World Forestry Center supports programs like our Discovery Museum. We rely on donors like you to fund a sustainable forestry future.