Change The Way You Look At Trees!
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.
Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.
The first floor of our museum focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. The Forest Store also provides guests with unique gift and souvenir options, many made in Oregon.
The second floor tells global forest stories exploring climate, wildlife, and how people around the world are connected to and dependent on their local forests. You will also find the special Leadership Hall and our exhibit on Portland’s historic Old Forestry Building that burned in 1964.
Families and school groups will find exhibits that pique curiosity and encourage active learning. This is a must-see attraction for anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest or is visiting from out of town.
- $7 for adults
- $6 for seniors (age 62+)
- $5 for youth (3 thru 18)
- free for children under 3
Labor Day Through Memorial Day
Monday 10am – 5pm
Tuesday – closed
Wednesday – closed
Thursday 10am -5pm
Museum closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, & Christmas Day.
The World Forestry Center is honored to support fundraising activities of educational organizations or non-profits. If your organization qualifies for a donation under this criteria, please send us a request and we will donate a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Discovery Museum, located on the World Forestry Center’s campus.
There are two ways to request museum passes:
In person- Bring a donation request letter on your organization’s letterhead to the Admissions Desk in the Discovery Museum and passes will be issued to you at that time.
By mail- Include with your donation request letter, a self-addressed stamped business size return envelope. (Attn: Admissions World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221)
The Discovery Museum hours are 10am-5pm. We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the winter season between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Questions? please contact Merrit Thompson, Development and Community Relations Manager at or 503.480.2122