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Museum Membership

A membership at Port Discovery Children’s Museum offers a full year of imaginative and purposeful play for your entire family! 

Port Discovery Children's Museum is a nonprofit organization that educates children and inspires life-long curiosity. 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. We thank you for your support. 

Construction on New Exhibits Begins January 2, 2019

IMPORTANT: Starting on January 2, 2019, Port Discovery will begin construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits: a four-story SkyClimber and a massive Port Exhibit featuring all the parts of the working port.  Find information on construction plans, ways to play while construction is underway, answers to frequently asked questions, and more at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction

 

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Save on a Port Discovery Membership Today! 

To celebrate the Bigger, Bolder, Better - and even more fun - exhibits and experiences coming soon to Port Discovery, we're offering 10% off memberships (for a limited time!) and adding exclusive benefits to enjoy while construction is underway. Learn more - and purchase a membership before prices increase! 

Save 10% on a Membership to Port Discovery 

All members receive:

  • Free unlimited admission.
  • Exclusive member benefits while Port Discovery is under construction, including admission into The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery
    and discounted admission to several local family attractions. 
  • Express entry.
  • Free member-only events and discounts on special programs.
  • Sneak peeks at special featured exhibits.
  • Discounts on birthday parties (10% discount off the base cost of any party package).
  • Reduced prices on merchandise in our gift shop.
  • Discounts at area restaurants and special offers from local businesses and attractions.

Join Or Renew Membership Online 

Construction on Bigger, Better, Bolder – and even more fun – exhibits will begin on January 2, 2019. 

As we work to bring you bigger, bolder, better – and even more fun - exhibits and experiences that will up the play and learning at Port Discovery, we will continue offering unique, playful learning opportunities for visitors and members. Learn what's coming and find information that's helpful for current and future members. 

Choose from several family membership options!

Contributing Memberships - $200

Show how much your family loves Port Discovery by becoming a Contributing Family Member! Receive fantastic Member benefits plus help support Port Discovery's educational programs and exhibits. Contributing Family membership includes:

  • All member benefits for an entire year for 6 people (up to 3 adult cardholders) plus
  • Discounts on guest admission
  • Family name on decal on Tot Trails Donor wall
  • A tax deduction of $46
  • 10% discount on gift memberships
  • 50% off general admission for up to six guests at Association of Children’s Museum’s 200 member museums

join or renew
membership online

Family Plus Membership - $154 - Now $138.60 (through December 25, 2018)

Visit two or more times per year as family? Purchase a Family Plus membership and save! Family Plus Members receive:

  • All member benefits for an entire year for 6 people (up to 3 adult cardholders) plus
  • Discounts on guest admission
  • 50% off general admission for up to six guests at Association of Children’s Museum’s 200 member museums

join or renew
membership online

 

Family Membership - $124 - Now $111.60 (through December 25, 2018)

Visit two or more times per year as family? Purchase a Family membership and save! Family  Members receive:

  • All member benefits for an entire year for 4 people (Up to 2 adult cardholders).

Gift Membership

It's the gift that won't get broken or forgotten—AND it's so EASY! Visit our Family Membership page to see details and indicate Gift Membership when you order.

Corporate Membership

Did you know Port Discovery offers corporate memberships? Give your clients, employees, and partners the chance to visit our museum with their families! Visit our Corporate Membership page for more details. 

Contact Us

By Phone, Contact the Membership Department at 410.864.2665.

By Email: memberships@portdiscovery.org

By Mail, download our 
Membership Form
Send form and your check or money order to:  
Port Discovery Children’s Museum  
Attn: Membership  
35 Market Place Baltimore, MD 21202  
All checks should be made payable to Port Discovery Children's Museum. 
 

FAQS

About Memberships

Port Discovery’s Membership is an option for families who would like to take advantage of the most economical way to visit Port Discovery all year long. Members have the option of choosing a plan that gives unlimited admission for up to six people. Each additional person added to the plan is $25. Memberships cannot exceed three cardholders. For more information, visit our Memberships Webpage

How do I become a member?

Click here to enroll online or sign up at the Port Discovery Box Office during your next visit. (Please note that memberships cannot be purchased in the Members Express line.) You can also become a member by calling 410.864.2665.

How often can I visit as a Member?

Membership to Port Discovery allows you and your family unlimited visits to the museum for an entire year during our normal operating hours.

When does my Membership arrive?

Port Discovery has gone green! Your card will be sent via email to the email address listed on the membership within 3 business days. Should you wish to visit the museum before receiving your card via email, bring your photo ID and the Box Office will welcome you for a great visit!

Does my Membership start immediately or by calendar year?

Membership starts on the date of purchase and will expire the following year at the end of the month of purchase. Example: A Membership purchased on 7/16/15 will begin on the date of purchase and expire 7/31/16.

What is an authorized cardholder?

Cardholders are adults, 18 or older, who are authorized by the person purchasing the membership to use the membership. Children cannot use memberships in absence of cardholders.

May I loan my membership card to my mother, sister, nanny, etc.?

Our members can send their children to the Museum with a temporary authorized person (e.g. nanny, grandparent) with a signed note to use their membership at no additional charge. For safety reasons, your guests may not be admitted without a signed, dated note with contact information.

What is an ACM reciprocal membership?

A reciprocal membership with the Association of Children’s Museums (available with the Family Plus/Contributing Family levels) allows you to visit 200 other participating children’s museums around the country for 50% off general admission for 6 people. For a list of ACM museums, please click here. Each museum has a unique admission policy. Please contact the museum you will be visiting to find out more information.

  • Port Discovery welcomes ACM members every day the Museum is open to the public.
  • Visiting members must provide proof of a current reciprocal membership to gain entry.
  • One adult named on the card must be present at the time of entry. Up to five additional guests may accompany the adult cardholder into the Museum.

How much does it cost to upgrade an existing Membership, and does my expiration date change?

The cost of an upgrade is:

  • $30 when upgrading from a Family to Family Plus (6 Person)
  • $56 when upgrading from the Family Plus to a Contributing Family
  • $86 when upgrading from the Family to a Contributing Family

Your membership expiration date remains the same upon upgrading to another membership level.

Upgrades cannot be applied to memberships purchased through Living Social due to ACM restrictions.

If I am not a member, can I apply the cost of general admission towards a Membership?

Many new guests like to "try" the Museum before purchasing a membership. The purchase of general admission can be applied toward membership only on the day of purchase and only on a one-to-one exchange. Only tickets from one receipt/transaction can be applied to a membership. For example, if a visitor purchases five (5) tickets to the Museum and then would like to apply the purchase to the Family membership only the cost of four (4) tickets may be applied.

Do you validate parking?

Harbor Park Garage, adjacent to the Museum at the corner of Lombard Street and Market Place offers discounted parking most days the Museum is open. The garage offers $15 parking* to Port Discovery guests most days of the week. 

Park on Level 4 or higher of the Garage. We’re sorry, but the Harbor Park Garage will not offer validations/special discounts on the following dates.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day
  • Spring Break Week
  • Memorial Day
  • Mondays in June, July or August
  • Labor Day

*The $15 parking discount is valid for regular museum hours only, from one hour prior to museum opening to one hour after the museum is closed. Discounted parking for $10 applies for Birthday Party Guests, Overnight Adventure Guests, Evening Adventure Guests and Target® $2 Family Fun Night Guests. Be sure to ask for a validation ticket upon your entry or exit from the Museum.

Are food and drinks permitted inside the Museum?

Food and drinks are not permitted inside the Museum exhibits. There is a designated eating area which you may eat your lunch or snacks. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no access to refrigerators or microwave.

Do you offer a Corporate Membership Program?

Yes, Port Discovery welcomes corporate members! We offer several different levels of corporate memberships. Please visit our Corporate Memberships page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Upcoming Construction & Memberships

FAQS

What exhibits and improvements are coming to Port Discovery Children's Museum?

New exhibits and experiences are coming to Port Discovery soon! Starting on January 2, 2019, we will begin construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits:

These exhibits will totally transform the center of the Museum, creating even more opportunities for Members to enjoy powerful, purposeful play. Wahoo!

We’ve been listening to you and know that in addition to new exhibits, some Museum improvements would be much appreciated. We’re excited to tell you that while construction of new exhibits is underway, we will also:

  • transform our lobby
  • improve Museum restrooms
  • renovate our lunchroom
  • add a nursing area, and
  • add more family seating.

Construction will mean some temporary changes to operations and access to the Museum. But you can still come & play!

We will continue offering unique playful learning opportunities for visitors and members. Come play and enjoy:

Hours of operation for The Construction Zone and Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space will be announced monthly. To find out more about all of the ways to play while Port Discovery is under construction, please continue to visit PortDiscovery.org/Construction.

For safety reasons, some operations and access to the Museum will be limited during construction, which means the Port Discovery experience will be a bit different during this time. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to bring you immersive new exhibits and Museum improvements that will transform the Museum – and fuel even more powerful, purposeful play.

What will construction of new exhibits and features mean for members?

Construction of new exhibits and features means a bigger, bolder, better – and even more fun – Port Discovery!   Construction will mean some temporary changes to operations and access to the Museum. But you can still come & play! 

We will continue offering unique playful learning opportunities for free with your membership. Come play and enjoy: 

We’re also offering members exclusive, limited time discounts at some nearby (and very popular) family attractions including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, B&O Railroad Museum, and Baltimore Museum of Industry.  Yippee!

Plus, we’ve filled the rest of 2018 with magical play and learning – including our 20th Birthday Celebration and opportunities to say Goodbye to KidWorksSee what’s coming up in November and December! Make plans to join us!

Membership Extension  

To ensure you get the value you expect from your membership, we are automatically adding four months to any membership valid in January, February, March, and April of 2019. An example of how this will work: If your membership expires in February 2019, your membership will be automatically extended by four months and will instead expire at the end of June 2019.  

For safety reasons, some operations and access to the Museum will be limited during construction, which means the Port Discovery experience will be a bit different during this time. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to bring you immersive new exhibits and Museum improvements that will transform the Museum – and fuel even more powerful, purposeful play. 

Learn More 

Stay up-to-date with progress on the construction of two immersive, state-of-the-art new exhibits and improved Museum amenities! We’ll be posting updates at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction and also sharing them via email and our FacebookInstagram and Twitter accounts.

How will the Museum continue to serve its members during construction?

Our members will continue to receive the value they expect and deserve as a member of Port Discovery. 

To ensure you get the value you expect from your membership, we are automatically adding four months to any membership valid in January, February, March and April of 2019. An example of how this will work: If your membership expires in February 2019, your membership will be automatically extended by four months and will instead expire at the end of June 2019.  

In addition, members will receive free admission to The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery as part of their membership, and can of course join us at our free Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth while construction is underway. The Construction Zone is sponsored by M&T Bank.

We’re also offering you exclusive, limited time discounts at some nearby (and very popular) family attractions including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, B&O Railroad Museum, and Baltimore Museum of Industry. Yippee!

Will my membership be put on hold or extended during the construction?

While construction is underway, Port Discovery will continue to provide members with a variety of FREE opportunities to play along with limited time discounts at some nearby (and very popular) family attractions!

To ensure you get the value you expect from your membership, we are automatically adding four months to any membership valid in January, February, March and April of 2019. An example of how this will work: If your membership expires in February 2019, your membership will be automatically extended by four months and will instead expire at the end of June 2019.  

We will continue offering unique playful learning opportunities for free with your membership. Come play and enjoy: 

We’re also offering you exclusive, limited time discounts at some nearby (and very popular) family attractions including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, B&O Railroad Museum, and Baltimore Museum of Industry.  Yippee!

 

Are there other nearby family attractions that I can explore using my Port Discovery membership while construction is underway?

Yes. We’re working with a number of nearby family attractions to provide our members with discounted and/or free opportunities to explore their facilities and programs while Port Discovery is under construction.

So far, we’re excited to share that Members will receive limited-time discounts on admission from nearby family attractions like the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo, B&O Railroad Museum, and Baltimore Museum of Industry while construction is underway.

In addition, Port Discovery members are welcome to explore The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank for free, and can of course join us at our free Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space at The Shops at Kenilworth, while construction is underway.

What will the cost of membership be when Port Discovery fully re-opens?

We anticipate that Membership prices will slightly increase ahead of the grand opening of new exhibits and improved Museum amenities in spring 2019. However, we will continue to ensure membership prices are affordable and provide a great deal to families and caregivers who plan to visit the Museum two or more times per year. We will also continue to keep ticket prices affordable for our guests.

Purchase a membership before prices go up! Check our Membership page for information on membership benefits, packages, and more.

As a current member, can I renew my membership or purchase a new membership at a discounted price before Membership prices increase?

Yes. We will offer current members the opportunity to renew their membership or purchase a new membership at a discounted price before we increase our Membership prices this spring. We will share information via email and social channels.

We will continue to sell memberships to Port Discovery while construction is underway, so please encourage those you know to purchase a membership and benefit from all the Museum has to offer!

What benefits should Members expect to enjoy when Port Discovery’s new exhibits open?

We love our members, and appreciate your support and understanding as we work to bring you bigger, bolder, better – and even more fun – exhibits and experiences including  the Port Exhibit, a new signature exhibit exploring all of the parts of a working port, a new four-story SkyClimberimproved Museum amenities, and more! 

Your membership benefits will continue to include what you currently receive as a Port Discovery member, which includes free unlimited admission, express entry, free member-only events and discounts on special programs, sneak peeks at featured exhibits, discounts on birthday parties, reduced prices on merchandise in our gift shop, and other perks.  In addition, we are working to bring you even more exclusive offers and opportunities as part of your membership.

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