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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.

Learn about the new SkyClimberPort Exhibit and improvements that will create an efficient new lobbynew nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom, and updated restrooms at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

Spring Trips Available! 

Attention school groups, homechoolers, and childcare groups! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind guided field trip to The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery.
A limited number of FREE trips are available! After school programs may qualify. Spaces Limited.Call 410.864.2664 or email groupsales@portdiscovery.org for information and to reserve your field trip! 

Summer Trips Available!

Explore Port Discovery's new four-story SkyClimber, multi-level Port Exhibit, and updated Museum amenities - plus adventure through favorites including Wonders of Water, Tiny's Diner, Adventure Expeditions, The Oasis, Tot Trails, and more! Summer trips to Port Discovery are available starting in July 2019. Prices are $12.50 per person. Call 410.864.2664 or email groupsales@portdiscovery.org for information and to reserve your field trip! 

Now Booking Fall, Winter & Spring Field Trips

Call 410.864.2664 or email groupsales@portdiscovery.org for information and to reserve your field trip! 

 

 

Group Visits for school groups, homeschoolers, childcare groups, camp groups, afterschool programs, and scouts available! 

Hands-on learning and adventures at Port Discovery can be enhanced through the many educational, interactive and fun programs offered at the Museum. Choose from programs focusing on Arts & Culture, STEM, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, Early Education and more – and help children get hands-on with the topics they’re learning about in the classroom!  Group Visits are available for groups of 15 or more, are available throughout the year, and feature highly discounted ticket prices. Contact us for more information at 410.864.2666 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org.

Self-Guided Group Visits 

Self-led field trips are available during normal operating hours throughout the year. Self-led trips enable groups to experience the Museum at their own pace, drop into Port Discovery’s regular educational programming offered to guests, and learn through purposeful play in hands-on, interactive exhibits!

Guided Group Visits - Beginning in September 2019. 

Staff-guided field trips are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM - 1 PM from October through April. These hands-on experiences feature guided educational programs and time for free play in the Museum. 

 

Educational Programs for Infants, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten through 5th Grade! 

Group visits and field trips featuring hands-on educational programs and expriences for infants, pre-kindergartners, and children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will be available starting in September 2019.

Contact us for more information at 410.864.2666 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org, and check back for new and updated program offerings! 

Scheduling a Field Trip to Port Discovery

Hours, Location & Parking

Port Discovery Children's Museum is open year-round, and offers staff-guided and self-led field trips throughout the year.  Typically, group visits and field trips to Port Discovery take approximately two to three hours.

Staff-guided field trips are offered from on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October through April. These hands-on experiences feature guided educational programs and time for free play in the Museum.

Self-led field trips are available during normal operating hours throughout the year. Self-led trips enable groups to experience the Museum at their own pace, drop into Port Discovery’s regular educational programming offered to guests, and learn through purposeful play in hands-on, interactive exhibits!

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 35 Market Place, Baltimore Maryland, 21202. The Museum is just two blocks from the Inner Harbor, within walking distance of the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center. Convenient bus drop off locations are available directly outside of Port Discovery’s main entrance, and bus parking can be found nearby. Several parking garages are conveniently located nearby the Museum for vehicle parking.

Admission Fees

School Groups: Fees for guided and self-led field trips are $11.00 and lower per child. Required chaperones enter for free. Additional discounts may be available for Maryland students. 

Other Groups: Fees for guided and self-led field trips are $12.50 per child. Required chaperones enter for free. 

To qualify for discounted admission, your group must include a minimum of 15 people.

We’re sorry, but Port Discovery Memberships and general admission discounts cannot be applied to group visits.

Chaperone Requirements

Port Discovery requires a minimum number of chaperones for group visits:

  • For children in 2nd grade and younger: One chaperone is required per five children. 
  • For children in 3rd through 4th grades: One chaperone is required per eight children. 

The required chaperones within the group ratio enter for free. Extra adults joining the trip are admitted at an extra charge.  

Deposit

A $75.00 nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking. The balance is due upon arrival on your visit date. Your group will be held responsible for paying for the full attendance count given at the time of your reservation

Rescheduling, Cancellation & Refund Information

Things happen! Here’s what you should know about rescheduling group visits, cancellations, and refunds for group visits:

  • Should you need to reschedule your visit, you must contact us within one week of your visit date to reschedule a new date for your trip. Otherwise, you will forfit your deposit.

Accessibility & Inclusion

Port Discovery is committed to ensuring that visits to the Museum are accessible to all. We offer grant funding and accessibility programs to reduce or completely eliminate the cost of admission for group visits to qualifying participants as funds are available.

In addition, Port Discovery is ADA accessible and is committed to being an accessible, inclusive environment for people of all abilities.

Lunch and Snacks

Port Discovery does not have an onsite restaurant, but we do offer several designated eating areas and will work with your group to schedule lunch times into your day. We offer locations to store lunches and snacks. We are also located within walking distance to a variety of child and family-friendly restaurants.

We’re sorry, but food and drinks besides water are not allowed in the Museum’s exhibit areas.

Make a Reservation

Contact us for more information and to make a reservation at 410.864.2664 or groupsales@portdiscovery.org. Groups are encouraged to book their trip to Port Discovery at least four weeks in advance. 

Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits and programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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