Baltimore, MD (October 7, 2020) –Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, Maryland will reopen on Saturday, October 10th, and Sunday, October 11th to Museum Members, and on Saturday, October 17th to all visitors.
The Museum will be open on weekends to start, with hours in October and November as follows:
- October 2020: Saturdays from 10 AM – 3 PM and Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM.
- November 2020: Saturdays from 10 AM – 3 PM and Sundays from 11 AM – 4 PM. Special Hours: Open Friday, November 27 from 10 AM – 3 PM.
The Museum is opening with a number of modifications in place, including required advance tickets for all visitors (including members), significantly reduced capacity, mask-wearing requirements for visitors ages 2+, and updates to encourage physical distancing throughout the Museum.
“We are thrilled to welcome children and families back into Port Discovery Children’s Museum,” said Bryn Parchman, President & CEO of Port Discovery Children’s Museum. “We know that children need play more than ever. Play is not only the very best way children learn, but also how children cope with stress, stimulate their curiosity, and understand how the world works. We’ve taken a significant amount of time and planning to develop a thorough reopening plan that focuses on new practices to enhance health and safety for both visitors and staff. We appreciate the support of our members, donors, and community members during this difficult time, and we are so glad to be able to re-open our big orange doors for the essential play that children and families need.”
In a continuation of the Museum’s multifaceted access program, the Museum will offer a $2 Community Day on Sunday, October 25 from 11 AM – 4 PM and on Sunday, November 22 from 11 AM – 4 PM. Admission on $2 Community Day will be $2 per person for individuals one and older. Members and children under one enter for free. Advance tickets are required, and space is limited.
Updates to the Museum experience include:
Health, Safety & Capacity
- Capacity is extremely limited. Please Plan Ahead! To ensure there is plenty of room for play, learning, and safe physical distancing, we have significantly reduced the number of tickets that can be purchased/reserved on any day the Museum is open. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets early so that you have the best chance to join us on the day and time that works best for you.
- Face Coverings Required for All 2+: In accordance with CDC, State, and local guidelines, face coverings that properly cover your nose and mouth are required for guests ages 2 and older. Guests needing medical exceptions are asked to contact the Museum We understand that you and your family may need mask breaks while you are here. To take a mask break, exit the Museum and then use your receipt to re-enter with masks in place.
- Leveled-Up Cleaning: We've leveled up our already robust cleaning practices at the Museum. Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting before, during, and after your visit. While you are here, you'll notice staff members cleaning and disinfecting exhibits, surfaces, toys, and more. You'll also notice Dirty Toy Bins throughout the Museum for your use. High traffic areas and objects will be sprayed with electrostatic sprayers before, during, and after your visit. Loose parts and manipulatives in each exhibit will be removed and replaced with a fresh set at the beginning of each play session. Additional deep cleaning will take place while the Museum is closed to the public.
- Hand Sanitizing Stations & Hand Washing: We've added hand sanitizing stations for your use throughout the Museum. We require guests to sanitize their hands upon entry to the Museum, and before and after visiting each exhibit area. We also strongly encourage you to wash your hands frequently throughout your visit.
- Waivers & Health Screenings: As part of our effort to create a safe, healthy environment for all, we ask staff and guests to avoid visiting the Museum when sick or showing signs of illness, or if you've recently been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 like symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. Upon purchasing or reserving tickets, guests will be required to sign waivers regarding your responsibilities as a visitor, and regarding what the Museum is doing to keep you safe. Upon entry, all guests will be required to complete a health questionnaire. Staff and Museum vendors are also required to complete health screenings before entering the Museum.
Ticketing, Reservations & Hours
- Advance Tickets: Advance Tickets are now required for everyone in your party, including members. We're sorry, but on-site tickets are not available at this time. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets early so that you have the best chance to join us on the day and time that works best for you.
- Updated Hours: Port Discovery is modifying its days and hours of operation as we reopen. Please always check our website for the most up-to-date information on our days and hours of operation, and be sure to reserve or purchase your tickets ahead of visiting the Museum (on-site tickets are not available).
A variety of additional updates have been made to encourage physical distancing and a safe visit for all. Port Discovery encourages all visitors and members to review reopening plans, including information on what to know before you visit, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Reopening, at https://www.portdiscovery.org/readysetplay.
About Port Discovery Children’s Museum
As the premier children’s museum in the mid-Atlantic, 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 and is ranked among the Top Children’s Museums in the United States. To learn more, visit www.portdiscovery.org.