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Play, learn, and explore at Baltimore’s premier Children’s Museum!

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 CONSTRUCTION

Play & Learn While We Build! 

Please note, although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway. Instead, join us to play and learn at special pop-up exhibits. 

SEE WHAT'S OPEN & PLAN YOUR VISIT!

Welcome to Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

Consistently ranked among the top children’s museums in the United States by publications such as Parents Magazine, Forbes, and USA Today, Port Discovery is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading destinations for learning, play, and fun! With three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10, Port Discovery offers interactive activities for children of all ages.

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.

Photography Policy: Port Discovery occasionally photographs children and family programs for future promotional purposes. If you do not want your child photographed, please notify Guest Services and the staff member taking your photograph.

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Museum Hours

MonConstruction Zone: Open 10 AM - 4 PM | Pop-Up Play Space: Closed
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FriConstruction Zone: Open 10 AM - 4 PM | Pop-Up Play Space: Closed
SatConstruction Zone: Open 10 AM - 5 PM | Pop-Up Play Space: 10 AM - 5PM
SunConstruction Zone: Open Noon - 5 PM | Pop-Up Play Space: Open 12PM - 5PM

Helpful Tips for Visiting

Hours, Location & Parking

Port Discovery Children's Museum is open year-round. The Museum is currently constructing bigger, bolder, and better new exhibits. Some exhibits and experiences are temporarily unavailable during construction. Please join us for fun, play and learning starting Saturday, January 12, when we'll open The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank. In late January, join us to explore Port DIscovery's Pop-Up Play Space at the Shops at KenilworthFind information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

Current Hours 

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.

Directions & Parking Information 

Admission Fees

General Admission Prices

Admission to The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank is $5.00 per person. Children under two and members enter for free. 

Admission to Port DIscovery's Pop-Up Play Space at the Shops at Kenilworth is free for all visitors. 

Please note: Admission prices will change once Port Discovery opens with new exhibits and Museum improvements. 

Members and children younger than two years: FREE

 

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Memberships 

Members enter Port Discovery for free year-round! Memberships for families of four begin at $124, which means they can pay for themselves in just two visits! 

Learn more about Memberships at Port Discovery!

Admission Prices for Groups 

Fees for guided and self-led field trips are $10.00 and lower per child. Required chaperones enter for free. Additional discounts may be available for Maryland students. To qualify for discounted admission, your group must include a minimum of 15 people. 

Explore School & Group Field Trips at Port Discovery 

Port Discovery is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate children and inspire life-long curiosity.

 

Accessibility

Port Discovery welcomes guests of all abilities to experience our Museum, interactive exhibits and learning through play. A variety of services and programs are available for individuals and children with disabilities and special needs.

Find information about Accessibility at Port Discovery Children's Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about visiting Port Discovery, including the best times to visit, what to wear, how much time to allow for your trip, and more!

Find Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 

Things to See & Do

Hands-On, Interactive Exhibits!

Port Discovery features three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits that encourage children to use their imaginations, ask questions, and explore how things work as they learn through play. Children learn to play together, experience real-world exhibits and situations and learn skills that help them in school and life. 

EXPLORE OUR EXHIBITS! 

Educational Programs & Events

Whether you have an infant, toddler, kindergartner or elementary school student, you’ll find educational, playful and memorable drop-in programs and special events happening throughout the weekday and weekends at Port Discovery. 

EXPLORE OUR PROGRAM & SPECIAL EVENT CALENDAR!

School & Group Field Trips

Enjoy field trips guided by our educators or self-guided learning adventures! School and group field trips are educational, fun, affordable and feature hands-on learning to compliment what children are learning in the classroom. 

EXPLORE OUR SCHOOL & GROUP FIELD TRIP OPTIONS

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with an easy-to-plan party at the best place for fun, imagination, and learning in Baltimore! Enjoy non-stop fun and adventure with kid-approved party activities hosted by talented Party Pals. Plus enjoy hands-on exhibits, fun drop-in programs, and a stress-free day for the adults thanks to friendly staff who help with setup and cleanup! To find the right fit for your birthday child, choose from several party package options and themes. 

EXPLORE BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES & THEMES AT PORT DISCOVERY

Overnight Adventures

Take your brownies, girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts or youth group on a journey they'll never forget! Watch as they explore, learn through imaginative play, and experience hands-on, interactive Arts & Culture or STEM programming as they bond! They can journey through ancient Egypt, climb a 3-story tree house, learn about the Wonders of Water - and find out what happens in the Museum at night! Overnight Adventures combines the fun and excitement of exploring the great indoors of Port Discovery with hands-on, educational workshops! 

EXPLORE OVERNIGHT ADVENTURES AT PORT DISCOVERY

Museum Membership

A membership at Port Discovery Children’s Museum offers a full year of imaginative and purposeful play for your entire family - and pays for itself in just over two visits!  In addition,  your membership helps support our mission to help children to discover and explore the world around them and to lead smarter, healthier, more engaged lives. 

EXPLORE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP LEVELS & BENEFITS 

Explore Programs, Exhibits & Experiences by Topic

Arts, Culture & Theater

Spark the imagination of your little one and encourage them to explore through playful and educational art, theater and music programs, exhibits, events, and activities! 

EXPLORE ART, CULTURE, MUSIC AND THEATER EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY!

Science, Technology, Math, & Engineering (STEM)

Encourage your child's curiosity through fun, hands-on activities, and exhibits that introduce children to science, technology, math, and engineering! 

EXPLORE STEM EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY! 

Early Education

Introduce your children to literacy, music, art, theater, science and more through specialized programming and exhibits that are devoted to supporting early childhood education and providing children ages five and under with experiences customized to their age, ability, and size.

EXPLORE EXPERIENCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS AT PORT DISCOVERY! 

Health & Wellness

Get active while learning about health, wellness and more! Explore programs, events and exhibits designed to help you and your little ones gain experiences and information that will help you live healthy, balanced lives. 

EXPLORE HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPERIENCES AT PORT DISCOVERY

Explore Programs, Exhibits & Experiences by Age

Infants & Toddlers

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Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

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First through 5th Grade

Information Coming Soon!

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