Construction of New Exhibits
Construction on New Exhibits Begins Soon!
IMPORTANT: Construction Underway! Big New Exhibits Coming Spring 2019!
Construction is underway on new exhibits and Museum improvements that will open this spring! PLEASE NOTE: Although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway.
Read below for information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more!
Come play & learn while we build!
Please note, although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway. Instead, join us to play and learn at the following special pop-up exhibits. Please note: Visitor capacity is limited at both locations.
Exhibits Open While Port Discovery is Under Construction
OPEN Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays | Fridays: 1 PM – 4 PM, Saturdays: 10 AM – 5 PM, Sundays: Noon – 5 PM
(Closed Monday – Thursday)
Admission is free for members. Visitors enter for $5 per person. Free for children under two.
*Last day of Play in The Construction Zone will be Sunday, June 2nd!*
Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create a theatrical play and more in Port Discovery’s newest hands-on experience, The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank!
- Design! Can a robot make real art? Find out when you design and build a mini-robot in the Prototype & Play area. Be an architect as you draft and draw plans for a new playground, building, and more with spirographs and lightboxes. Build and draw at building and art stations.
- Build! It’s a box...it’s a plane...it’s a castle! When you add imagination to giant blocks, there’s no limit to what you can create. As you build, dress up using hats, goggles, puppets, and more – and work together to create a scene straight out of your dreams.
- Launch! 3...2...1...Blastoff! Launch a rocket towards a mini-moon and explore how physics helps things fly (and land). Plus, learn about space in a hands-on Sun, Earth, Universe mini-exhibit.
- Act! Take 10! Dress up, dance, sing, act – and take center stage in the Black Box Theater! Plus enjoy interactive theater performances including puppets, silly scientists, singers, dancers and other family-friendly performers.
- Move! Jump around and play games in our Game Zone. Crawl and toddle around The Oasis. Enjoy drop-in performances and programs that are playful and educational.
Located in the Atrium at Port Discovery Children’s Museum (directly next door to the Main Museum), The Construction Zone will be open for a limited time and features unique opportunities for little learners ages birth to 10 to explore the art, science, and fun of construction.
The Construction Zone is one of the interactive, educational activities children and families can enjoy while Port Discovery constructs two new immersive exhibits, the Port Exhibit and the SkyClimber, and works on Museum improvements including an efficient new lobby, new nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom, and updated restrooms. The new exhibits and improvements are designed to improve the visitor experience and fuel play and learning for future generations of children.
Stay up-to-date on plans for the grand opening of our two new exhibits, The SkyClimber, and The Port exhibit! We’ll be posting updates on this site and also sharing them via email and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
See Our Progress
Stay up-to-date on plans for the grand opening of our two new exhibits, The SkyClimber, and The Port exhibit!
Watch with pride as your child climbs towards the clouds on a four-story SkyClimber. Set sail together and explore the seas on a life-sized (and giant!) ship! Enjoy upgrades including new family seating, updated restrooms, and more.
Now's the time to purchase or renew your Port Discovery membership. Sign up by June 1, 2019 to lock in current membership prices and to receive a special invitation to sneak peek events where you can explore our new exhibits!
Stay tuned for grand opening dates, events and more! Information coming soon.
Land ho! Check out the massive S.S. Friend Ship as the ship hull is constructed and comes to life! There will be numerous interactive and educational activities throughout The Port exhibit, including a fully operational gantry crane, a working conveyor belt, cargo scanning area and more! Check out the full update here!
Frequently Asked Questions - Information for Members, Visitors & More!
Aside from construction meaning that a bigger, bolder, better – and even more fun – Port Discovery is on the way, construction also means some temporary changes, including that operations and access to the Museum will be a bit different than normal for a few months starting January 2, 2019.
General Construction & Museum Information
Information on New Exhibits & Museum Improvements
For More Information
For information about admission, hours of operation, exhibits, activities, and events while Port Discovery is under construction, please contact Port Discovery at 410.727.8120
For media inquiries: Please contact Abbi Ludwig, Director of Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.864.2680
For information about memberships while Port Discovery is under construction, please contact Port Discovery’s memberships department at 410.864.2665or email@example.com.
To request a Port Discovery program at your school, location or event, please contact Barb Henschel, Community Outreach Specialist, at 410.864.2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your group is encouraged to book a field trip or group visit to the Museum to explore the transformational new exhibits upon completion. Please contact Group Reservations, at 410.864.2727 or email@example.com to book ensure your group has the opportunity to explore new exhibits and programs as soon as they open!
Facility Rentals: For more information on facility rentals, please contact Kelly Hawkins, Senior Operations Manager, at 410.864.2726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.