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Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow

The Capital Campaign for Port Discovery

Thank you to our supporters who helped bring exciting changes to Port Discovery!

With the help of the community, we have raised the funds for the first phase of bold and transformational new exhibits, improved guest amenities and expanded programs that will continue to inspire children to dream big, imagine and learn through play.

Our new early-childhood based exhibits have become the new centerpiece of Port Discovery, bringing the children and families of Baltimore and beyond exciting new opportunities for play-based learning that fuel imaginations for generations to come.

We are so grateful for the support of our generous contributors to Phase I of The Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign.

A new signature exhibit: The Port Exhibit

This massive new exhibit pays tribute to the industry that has anchored our city’s economy for 300 years.  Within our historic Fish Market location, the Port exhibit is dominated by a massive ship’s prowl, forming a play structure as unforgettable as any in children’s museum design.  On this ship, travelers will explore the seas and bring home treasures from around the world.

A new four-story SkyClimber:

This breathtaking new climber allows children to ascend from “underwater” up “into the clouds” on a series of platforms inside seamless netting that arcs around the Port. On the ground level, there is a soft play area for toddlers and comfortable seating for caregivers.

Additional new exhibits and amenities will be introduced to Port Discovery over the next several years as part of future fundraising efforts, enabling the Museum to continue offering the most unique, innovative informal learning experiences for children from birth to ten years of age.

Future Exhibits & New Guest Amenities Include:

  • Space - An adventure into an imaginative world of extreme conditions and geologic anomalies that spark new ideas. 
  • Art - Children will plan their projects, decide what feelings, moods, statements or questions they wish to express, and then work towards exploring their own unique ways of accomplishing that expression, without limitations. 
  • Nature Exhibits - Bring some of the natural world indoors to a safe environment for children to explore, and promote in children an awareness and desire for further exploration outside, even in their own city parks and backyards.

We invite you to join with others and be a part of Baltimore’s future.  An investment in this campaign is an investment in our children. Together, we can create a Port Discovery that will benefit the next generations who will live, work, play, and raise their families in our community.

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Thank you to the supporters of this important Campaign! 

Donors & Supporters of Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Include:

  • The City of Baltimore
  • The State of Maryland 

This project has been financed (in part) with Federal funds from the National Maritime Heritage program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.

This program received Federal financial assistance for preservation of historic maritime resources and for increasing public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated again in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240

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