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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

The Construction Zone at The Atrium at Port Discovery – Sponsored by M&T Bank - Open Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays

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’s a’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 lobbynew 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.

Presenting sponsor: M&T Bank. Supported in part by W.R. Grace.

M&T Bank

Construction Updates 

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

Exhibit Grand Opening Updates

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. 

Learn More

Construction Progress Update - May 8, 2019

Get a closer look at the new four-story SkyClimber! Did you know that families and friends can also interact with climbers inside the SkyClimber via unique games positioned via third-floor balconies? Learn more about just a few of the unique SkyClimber features via our newest construction update!

Construction Progress Update - April 27, 2019

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!

Construction Progress Update - April 10, 2019

Check out the progress Lewis Contractors have made since our last construction update by viewing this quick time lapse of the SkyClimber and Port exhibit beginning to come together! 

Click here to watch the video!

Construction Progress Update - March 12, 2019

Big new exhibits mean some big, powerful machines are needed! In our third construction update, you can see that Lewis Contractors has brought in a SPYDERCRANE to help lift the heavy steel needed for the SkyClimber! See photos and read more about what's happening!

Construction Progress Update - February 7, 2019

KidWorks is now officially gone! In this Construction Update, you can see the placement of where the massive SkyClimber's base will attach to Port Discovery's concrete ground floor, plus progress that has been made on the Port Exhibit! See photos and read more about what's happening!

Construction Progress Update - January 25, 2019

Move over KidWorks - the SkyClimber is coming through! The three-story KidWorks climber is almost completely removed, making space for the four-story SkyClimber and the new toddler play area we'll be opening this spring! See photos and read more about what's happening! 

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

Hours of Operation, Admission & Activities While Construction is Underway

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

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries:  Please contact Abbi Ludwig, Director of Marketing, at 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

Birthday Parties

For more information on birthday parties at Port Discovery, please contact Ashley Smith, Birthday Coordinator, at 410.864.2657 or

Educational Programs at Schools & Other Community Locations

To request a Port Discovery program at your school, location or event, please contact Barb Henschel,  Community Outreach Specialist, at 410.864.2683 or

School Group Bookings:

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 ​to book ensure your group has the opportunity to explore new exhibits and programs as soon as they open!

Facility Rentals

Facility Rentals: For more information on facility rentals, please contact Kelly Hawkins, Senior Operations Manager, at 410.864.2726 or  

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