Skip to main content Buy Tickets

Buy Tickets or a Membership Today! 
Online tickets are required for all visitors. Onsite and day-of tickets may be available but are not guaranteed. Mask wearing is optional. 


Support the Museum

Contribute to Play, Learning & Imagination for Children

Help connect purposeful play and learning for children throughout the region!

Port Discovery is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to our mission of educating children and inspiring life-long curiosity. We rely on donors to fulfill our mission. Share in the joy of making a positive impact on the lives of children and their families by donating today! 

    To make a community investment tax credit donation, click here!

    Our Commitment to Our Donors

    We are a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization funded by admission, individuals, and community support. Port Discovery Children’s Museum will not sell, share, or trade a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

    Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of the current financial statement of The Baltimore Children’s Museum (t/a Port Discovery) is available upon written request to 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 or by calling 410.864.2672. Documents filed in accordance with the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410. 974.5534.

    Support the Museum

    DONATE Today! 


    Carter Polakoff
    President & CEO

    Gift Form

    Fill out and send to:
    Annual Fund 
    Port Discovery Children’s Museum 
    35 Market Street, Baltimore, MD 21202​​

    Donation Form

    Ways to Give

    Individual Giving

    Admission and membership fees cover only 65% of the Museum’s annual expenses, so contributions from individual donors are critical to providing children and families with innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

    Your Annual Fund gift helps to cover essential materials and services like art and technology supplies, exhibits and public programs, field trips for low-income students, outreach to schools, maintenance of our historic home, and much more. Planned giving options allow you to create a lasting legacy of support and tribute gifts can honor special relationships or memorialize the loss of a loved one. Workplace Giving is another option for support.

    Depending on your level of giving your contribution may qualify you for benefits such as:

    • Donor Receptions
    • Discounts on birthday parties and facility rentals
    • Museum Tours
    • Invitations to Exclusive Events and Exhibit Previews   

    Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund is made up of hundreds of operating gifts from generous individuals, grandparents, families, members, Board, staff and friends like you. 

    Your Annual Fund support directly impacts the Museum's daily operations and helps ensure that each and every visitor has a one-of-a kind, interactive experience. This type of ongoing, annual support is the foundation on which Port Discovery has built its reputation as a world-class educational and cultural institution, Maryland's best family museum, and a vibrant resource for the Greater Baltimore community and beyond. 

    To maintain and expand our service to the community, support for exhibits, educational programs, and subsidized admission programs is critical. Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution to Port Discovery today.

    Tribute Gifts & Memorials

    Making a gift to Port Discovery is the perfect way to celebrate someone special in your life. Whether you are recognizing a family member, a favorite teacher, or the memory of a loved one, a tribute gift or memorial provides you with the opportunity to support Port Discovery and recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. 

    When you make a gift in honor or in memory of a person, Port Discovery will send a card to your designated recipient informing them of your generous donation. A tax acknowledgment letter will be mailed to you. Celebrate someone you love today.

    United Way & Workplace Giving

    One of the easiest ways to support Port Discovery is through workplace giving campaigns. 

    Through workplace giving campaigns, you can designate a portion of your paycheck to support our efforts to connect purposeful play and learning.

    We participate in the following workplace giving campaigns:

    • United Way: code 39040
    • Maryland Charity Campaign: code 6094
    • Combined Federal Campaign: code 70940

    Legacy Gifts

    Making a legacy gift is a powerful way to demonstrate your lasting support of Port Discovery and its mission to connect purposeful play and learning. Legacy donors share the joy of learning today and for generations to come. There are many creative ways to affirm your commitment through a legacy gift - a bequest, a gift of life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity are just a few of the ways you can have a lasting impact on the future of Port Discovery. 

    Legacy gifts may provide unrestricted operating support or can be directed to specific programs and initiatives. For more information about Legacy Giving contact Jennifer Bedon at 410.864.2670 or

    Please be sure to consult your attorney, tax advisor and/or financial planner to make certain a planned gift is the right choice for you and your family.

    Port Discovery Children’s Museum student visits and programs are supported in part by the Maryland State Department of Education. 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. Programs and offerings have also been supported by the Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. 

    Maryland State Department of Education Logo  Citizens of Baltimore County Logo

    Your support of Port Discovery Children's Museum inspires children of all backgrounds and abilities to play, learn and imagine.


    a mascot for donating to port discovery

    Learn More







    Back to top