The Oasis

Give your family the best day ever with three floors of endless activities for you and your kids under 10.

Choose your own adventure with a day full of play, exploration, and family-friendly fun at Port Discovery.

Featuring hands-on experiences, interactive exhibits, and entertaining programs all designed to spark imaginations and help children and adults connect, discover, and learn through play.

Port Discovery Children's Museum Address

Port Discovery Children's Museum

35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

This Week’s Hours

Closed

Open to Groups

10 AM- 1 PM

Open to Groups

1 PM- 3 PM

Access & Inclusion Afternoons

Open to Guests, Members & Groups

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Closed

Thanksgiving Day

Open to Guests, Members & Groups

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

American Indian Heritage Day

Open to Guests, Members & Groups

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open to Guests, Members & Groups

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Admission

Members and non-members are required to reserve tickets for each member of your party. Tickets are non-transferable. Walk-ins are welcome, but very limited.

Free

Members Admission

Support your community and enjoy unlimited access all year!

$15.00*

Non-Member Admission

per person

Enjoy hours of family fun at Port Discovery at a special price available this November only!

  • *Kids under 1 free admission
  • *$2 discount for Military year-round

$3.00

PlayMakers Admission

per person

Valid for up to 5 tickets per EBT / Independence Card or WIC ID.

Free

Members Admission

Support your community and enjoy unlimited access all year!

$15.00*

Non-Member Admission

per person

Enjoy hours of family fun at Port Discovery at a special price available this November only!

  • *Kids under 1 free admission
  • *$2 discount for Military year-round

$3.00

PlayMakers Admission

per person

Valid for up to 5 tickets per EBT / Independence Card or WIC ID.

Admission Special

Military Members receive free admission through December.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity through playful learning opportunities in the museum and the community we serve.

270,000

Children & Adults Served

Through Playful Learning Experiences

12,274

Student and School Groups

Who Benefited from In-Person Field Trips

2,622

Museum Member Families

Benefiting from Unlimited Play & Learning

5,872

Students & Teachers Served

Through Outreach Programs

We celebrate our community’s diversity and provide a safe environment of inclusion and respect, where all children and their adults can interact, play, and learn.

FAQs

  • What is your mask & vaccination policy?

    Masks are optional inside of Port Discovery Children’s Museum for guests and staff. Please kindly show respect for the choice of others to mask or not. We have made this transition based on the latest data and research supporting an easing of masking protocols in indoor settings, and in accordance with Baltimore City guidelines. We fully support anyone who chooses to continue to wear a mask going forward.

    Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is not required for guests. Port Discovery’s staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Are tickets/reservations required for admission?

    Tickets are required for admission, and advanced tickets are strongly recommended. Walk-up and day-of tickets are limited and are not guaranteed. Children under one year of age and museum members enjoy free admission but MUST reserve an arrival time as well. Your confirmation will be delivered electronically and will be valid for the date you selected only. You will need to show a matching photo ID upon arrival to the Museum. Once checked in, you will be given wristbands as proof of purchase that can be used for re-entry for the date that you have valid tickets for. For additional information regarding Port Discovery ticket policies and for information to help you plan your visit, explore our Plan Your Visit webpage.

  • How do Port Discovery’s timed entry tickets work?

    Port Discovery operates with hourly, timed-entry tickets that serve as your admission for a self-guided visit to the Museum. When purchasing tickets, please select an entry time for your visit. Guests may enter the museum starting at the time selected and listed on the confirmation. Entry to the museum will not be granted for early arrivals. For example, if you purchase tickets for the 12:00 PM entry time, we ask that you arrive at 12:00 PM or later.

    The last entry period for each day occurs one hour before the Museum closes to the general public. For additional information regarding Port Discovery ticket policies and for information to help you plan your visit, explore our Plan Your Visit webpage.

  • Where can I park?

    There are a number of areas to park nearby the Museum. The closest parking garage, located directly next door to Port Discovery Children’s Museum, is the Harbor Park Garage, located at 55 Market Place. The Harbor Park Garage offers discounted parking to Museum guests on most days the Museum is open. Discount availability is subject to change without notice. The Museum does not own nor manage the Harbor Park Garage. For questions or concerns related to parking at the Museum, please contact the Harbor Park Garage directly. For more information, visit our Location & Parking page.

  • Do you offer any discounts or special pricing?

    Port Discovery’s Membership: Get a full year of access to Port Discovery Children’s Museum via a Port Discovery Family Membership, which typically pays for itself in just two visits. Learn more on our Membership page. If you visit the Museum and LOVE it you can apply all or a portion of your admission toward your membership. Just be sure to upgrade to a membership on the day of your visit to take advantage of this great deal. Please note: Admissions must all be on one transaction to take advantage of this offer.

    $5 Community Day: We offer a $5 Community Day where all admission tickets to the Museum cost just $5/ visitor (Members and children under one enter for free) during most months.

    Discounts for Military Members & Family: We offer a $2 discount off of each ticket for military members and their families each day of the year. Valid ID is required. We also periodically offer free admission to Military Members throughout the year via our Salute the Troops program.

    PlayMakers Access Program: To help ensure that the price of admission is not a barrier to families, through Port Discovery’s PlayMakers program, any Maryland family that qualifies for nutritional assistance and is in possession of a valid EBT/Independence Card or WIC ID can visit Port Discovery for $3 per person (valid for up to 5 tickets per EBT/Independence Card or WIC ID) on any day the Museum is open to the general public. Learn more about the program and how to reserve tickets via the PlayMakers Program.

    Large groups (10+ visitors) are eligible to receive discounted admission to the Museum via our Group Visits pricing. Please visit our Field Trips webpages and/or contact Group Reservations at 410-864-2727 or email groupsales@portdiscovery.org for more information on our Field Trip Experiences and Group Visits. Please note: Advanced reservations are required for all group visits. Walk ups will not be accepted.

    Special Offers for Email Subscribers, Social Media & Partners: We occasionally offer special discounts on admission and membership via Port Discovery’s email newsletter, social media communities, and select partnerships. Sign up for Port Discovery’s email and follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

    Special Offers from Partner Restaurants: Several nearby restaurants offer special discounts to Port Discovery guests and members. Review details and restrictions here.

  • What should I know before we visit?

    Bring socks and a change of clothes. Socks are required when climbing on the SkyClimber. A change of clothes and shoes may be helpful if your child visits the Wonders of Water exhibit as they may get wet.  Socks are available for purchase at the Box Office should you need them.

    Map & Virtual Tour:  If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the Museum ahead of visiting, you may find our Museum Map and/or Virtual Tour helpful.

    We Offer Free Lockers & Coat Area: The Museum offers a limited number of free lockers and a small area to hang coats. Please note that these facilities are used at your own risk and the Museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

    Private Nursing Station: You’ll find a private Nursing Station located in the toddler-focused exhibit Tot Trails. Families who are nursing and in search of privacy are welcome to use this area.

    Family Seating Areas Available: You’ll find family seating areas spread throughout the Museum, offering a place to take a quick rest and break!

    Restrooms On Every Floor: You’ll find restrooms on every floor of the Museum. All restrooms are equipped with changing stations. Family restrooms are located on the First Floor (near the PD Presents exhibit) and on the Second Floor (inside of the Tot Trails exhibit).

    Tips for Visiting: Find our helpful guides for visiting Port Discovery with babies/infants, with toddlers, and with older children on our blog.

Man and girl work on a drawing in Port Discovery Children's Museum

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