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Accessibility at Port Discovery Children's Museum

Port Discovery is committed to welcoming all guests to experience our Museum, interactive exhibits and learning through play. We do our best to give all of our visitors full access to our outstanding experiences and can provide individualized assistance during your visit. Our staff is trained to support accommodate the needs of every visitor, so don’t hesitate to ask. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please email us at info@portdiscovery.org.

General Information

Strollers

Strollers are allowed in the Museum, but to reduce the spread of germs, we ask that you please leave your stroller in the Level 1 or 2 stroller parking areas if at all possible. If using a stroller in the Museum, please consider using as small of a stroller as possible.  The entire museum is stroller accessible.

Nursing Room

A Nursing Room is located on the Museum’s second floor in the Tot Trails exhibit.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located on each floor of the Museum, and all restrooms have changing tables and wheelchair-accessible stalls. There are family restrooms on the first floor of the Museum near PD Presents and the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill'er Up Station and on the second floor of the Museum in the Tot Trails exhibit. Restrooms on the first and second floor feature some touchless features such as soap dispensers, faucets and towel dispensers. Restrooms on the third floor currently do not offer touchless features. 

First Aid & Emergency Assistance

A first aid room and trained first responders are available to provide assistance in the event of an emergency.

For Visitors with Sensory Sensitivities or Challenges with Sensory Regulation: 

The Museum is now a certified Sensory Inclusive facility, registered with KultureCity (a nationally recognized organization that provides sensory inclusion training and tools to venues and large-scale events). Our staff is trained on how to recognize guests with sensory needs, how to help handle sensory overload situations, and how to use sensory kits and supplies to help individuals with sensory sensitivities or challenges.

Temperature, lighting and noise levels fluctuate throughout the Museum. Some spaces are quieter than others, and some can be overly stimulating. When planning your visit, please consider the following information and resources.

What we offer

Sensory Bags

Sensory bags containing fidget tools, noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout (at no cost by leaving an ID) at the Guest Services Station. Find it on the first floor near the main entrance. Kulture City VIP badges are also available for guests who would like to use them during their visit.

Weighted Lap Pads

Weighted lap pads are also available upon request (at no cost by leaving an ID) at the Guest Services Station on the first floor near the main entrance. 

Headphone Zones

Headphone Zones are locations in the museum that have been identified as noisy on a regular basis. In these areas, individuals who have a sensitivity to noise may want to use the noise canceling headphones that are included in the sensory bag.
Headphone Zones include: 

  • Adventure Expeditions
  • The Port
  • Tiny’s Diner
     

Quiet Areas

Quiet areas are easily accessible locations in the museum that have been identified for those who may need a quieter and more secure environment.
Quiet Areas include:

  • The Oasis
  • Tot Trails
  • Studio Workshop
     

Port Discovery Social Story

Prior to visiting the Museum, you are encouraged to download the free KultureCity App to view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Through the app, you can also find Port Discovery's Sensory Story. Use the following links to access Port Discovery's Social Story for iPhone and Android

Social Story - iPhone Social Story - Android

Kulture City App

Prior to visiting the Museum, you are encouraged to download the free KultureCity App to view what sensory features are available and where they can access them. Through the app, you can also find Port Discovery's Sensory Story. Use the following links to access Port Discovery's Social Story for iPhone and Android

Social Story - iPhone Social Story - Android

Sensory Friendly Times for Visitors & Members

Sensory-Friendly Times have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates once Port Discovery reopens!  

Please join us for our monthly Sensory-Friendly Time. During this time, Port Discovery is adapted to provide a sensory friendly environment for visitors and members with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), learning differences, and other sensory or communication needs. Please note: Advanced tickets and registration are required. To register, visit https://tickets.portdiscovery.org/default.aspx

The Museum is closed to the general public during Sensory-Friendly Time. Sensory Friendly Time participants are welcome to continue their visit at the Museum after Sensory Friendly Time concludes for no extra charge. 

Accommodations during Sensory-Friendly Time include: 

  • The Museum is closed to the general public and has fewer visitors. 
  • Music and loud sounds are reduced 
  • Lighting is lowered 

Costs: $17.95/person for individuals one and up; members and children under one enter for free. Cost includes Sensory Friendly Time and play in the Museum for the full day.

 

Special Needs  Days for Groups/Field Trips 

Sensory-Friendly Days & times have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates once Port Discovery reopens!  

On the third Tuesday of each Month, Port Discovery offers Special Needs  Days for groups and field trips. During these days, Port Discovery will work with groups to customize  a visit  for individuals with specific learning differences and other sensory or communication needs. Group visitors will be accompanied by a Museum  Experience  Associate from Port Discovery who will act as your resource guide to the Museum.

Please note: Pre-registration is required. For more information or to book a visit on a Monthly Special Needs School Group Day, please contact the Group Sales Office at 410.864.2727 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org.

 

For Visitors with Mobility Disabilities

Entrance

Port Discovery’s entrances are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The elevator provide access to all floors and exhibits.

Parking

Visitors may be dropped off near our front entrance via the circular driveway located at the front of the Museum (35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD). The nearest parking garage, Harbor Park Garage, is located directly next to the Museum. 

Wheelchair Acessibility

Port Discovery is accessible to visitors using wheelchairs, including all entrances, restrooms, and elevators. Port Discovery’s exhibits and learning environments vary. A majority of the museum is barrier-free, and spaces can be adapted to accommodate varying age levels, developmental levels, and abilities. We do our best to give all of our visitors full access to our outstanding experiences and can provide individualized assistance during your visit. For specific needs, prior to or upon your arrival, please contact our staff to plan your best museum experience.

Service Animals

Service Animals are welcomed at Port Discovery Children's Museum.

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