Construction on New SkyClimber and Port Exhibit Underway;
Port Discovery to Remain Partially Open with Construction Zone Experience,
Pop-Up Play Space, and Educational Programs
Port Discovery Children’s Museum has begun construction on two new immersive exhibits, the Port Exhibit and the SkyClimber, and 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.
Port Discovery will not be open January 2 – 11, 2019 as work to finalize The Construction Zone is completed.
Beginning January 12, 2019, Port Discovery will continue to offer play and learning at the Museum and in the community while construction is underway. Opportunities to learn through play include:
- The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank: Opening January 12, 2019!
Visitors and members can explore design, building, engineering, and creativity in The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery. The Construction Zone will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission will be free for Members and $5 per person for general admission visitors. Children under two enter for free. The Construction Zone is located in the Atrium at Port Discovery Children’s Museum (directly next door to the main Museum). Please check this blog post for operating hours. Tickets must be purchased to The Construction Zone in person, we apologize for any inconvenience.
- Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth: Opening late January, 2019!
Visitors can explore a Pop-Up Play Space featuring drop-in educational programs, messy art, and building activities at The Shops at Kenilworth. Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission will be free for all visitors. Please check this blog post for operating hours.
- Educational Programs at Schools & Other Community Locations:
Starting in January, Port Discovery will increase the number of hands-on, educational programs delivered in schools, libraries, Judy Centers, Head Starts and other locations. In addition, the Museum will increase its presence at community events.
The Construction Zone and Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space 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.
When Port Discovery celebrates the grand opening of new exhibits and improved amenities in late spring 2019, visitors will soar to new heights on the SkyClimber and sail towards new adventures on a massive ship that’s part of an immersive Port Exhibit celebrating the Port of Baltimore. Grand-opening dates and opportunities to explore the transformed Museum will be announced as the Museum is further along in the construction project.
The construction of new exhibits and improved Museum amenities are being funded via Port Discovery’s Playing Today, Leading Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Of the $10.5 million campaign funds needed to complete the planned construction, $9.7 Million has been raised to date thanks to support from a broad-base of contributors including the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, corporations and professional firms, charitable foundations and generous individual donors.
The new exhibits and improvements mark the Museum’s most ambitious renovation since opening in December 1998, and come after serving more than five million children and families through powerful, purposeful play.
Stay up-to-date on construction activity, The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery, Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth, and other activities you can enjoy while Port Discovery is under construction by visiting www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction, signing up for email alerts from the Museum, and by following Port Discovery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. (@portdiscovery)
About Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Currently celebrating its 20th year of providing meaningful and purposeful play opportunities to children and families, the Museum has served more than five million people since opening in downtown Baltimore in December 1998. As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked among the Top 10 Children’s Museums in the United States by Fodor’s Travel, Forbes and Parents Magazine. Port Discovery Children’s Museum educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. Our play-to-learn philosophy opens the door for children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, offers three floors of educational, interactive exhibits and programs. To learn more, visit www.portdiscovery.org.