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Port Discovery Children's Museum

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Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Address: 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone Number:
+1 410-727-8120
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked among the top 5 children’s...

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is ranked among the top 5 children’s museums in the United States! (Child Magazine)Port Discovery offers three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and ever-changing programs for children ages birth through 10. Toddle and crawl through Tot Trails. Get healthy and fit in Kick It Up!. Splish splash in Wonders of Water. Shop and pump gas at the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station. Cook and serve food in Tiny’s Diner or climb and slide through KidWorks, a 3-story urban treehouse.Port Discovery Children's Museum is pleased to partner with the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fight childhood obesity. The national initiative helps children learn about healthy food choices and promotes physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.

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Thomas and Friends Visit

Took my 5-year old grandson for the Thomas and Friends exhibit as the focus, but he had a ball in the entire place. The actual Thomas exhibit is pretty small, it's in the front... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went on a Sunday with 2 eight yr olds and 4 yr old. Good mix of activities for both age groups. Some of the exhibits are a little worn and need missing pieces but kids had a great time. Probably getting almost out of age range for the 8 yr olds. Still well worth the trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We love going to Port Discovery! There 9s so much to do for the kids (wouldn't recommend for under 1yrs old). They have a huge climbing area, a water room for kids to build things in water, kids playroom and they have a room where a staff member sings and reads to the kids. Bought membership and will continue to... More 

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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 5-year old grandson for the Thomas and Friends exhibit as the focus, but he had a ball in the entire place. The actual Thomas exhibit is pretty small, it's in the front area of the 3rd floor. We got there when they opened and immediately went to Thomas. It was nice to have 15-20 min of playtime there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to several kids, play museums around the United States and Port Discovery is one of the better ones. A lot of activities for kids to do. A lot of restaurants and other items things to do in the area.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have been taking my kids here for upwards of 8-9 years and as the time passes, the museum gets older and more tired. It has the potential to be great, but many of the displays and activities need to be refreshed and/or fixed. My kids still love it regardless...I just feel like it could be much better with a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

My daughter is four and she loves this place. There is hours of things to explore and it only cost $15. We took the subway so parking was free and the subway exit is right next to the entrance of the museum. Just remember to bring a rain coat or change of clothes for the water room cause your kids... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Great stop for the kids. They got a chance to run around and play while learning. There are definitely parts that are a little worn but what do you expect for a children's museum. My three boys 8, 6, & 2 loved it and it was the perfect afternoon stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This museum is wonderful for kids of all ages. There are three floors of activities for the kids to explore if you can get them past the first floor! There are hand-ons activities for kids to explore.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We came on a cold Saturday morning to find two long lines waiting to get in. These lines were very poorly managed, with no signs telling who should go to which line (one was for general admission and one for members). About every 10 minutes, someone came back to tell people which line to be in and each time some... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We have visited a couple times, and our 3 year old has a blast. The climbing structure in the middle is a favorite, and he likes the water play room and the train and pulley a lot as well. Our 9 month old even enjoyed looking around and checking things out this time (last time she was asleep in the... More 

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