Port Discovery Children's Museum is a non-profit institution located in the historic Fish Market building in Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor. It is 80,000 square feet and offers three floors of exhibits and programs designed to be interactive and hands on, allowing children to learn through play. It receives more than 265,000 visitors annually. The museum's focus is on children ages birth through 10 and their caregivers.
The museum is served by the Baltimore Metro Subway's Shot Tower/Market Place station.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 5:00 PM|
Andrea Lawrence | Feb 21, 2018
This is basically an indoor playground, touch-everything museum. But it is a children's museum, so...of course! The center climbing structure can be a little stress-inducing if you have an adventurer. As far as children's museums go, it's a decent size, with a huge range of activities, exhibits and events. There are lockers and coat storage areas on the ground floor, plus a place to eat a packed lunch with vending machines. There is so much to do and see, the kids were kept busy of hours on the 3 story climbing tour in the middle of the museum, water room, soccer area and crafting. The museum was clean and well organized.
Natalie L | Jan 8, 2018
I love going here with my family. Children under 2 are free and I have 16 month old twins. The kids are amused the entire time we are here and it's a great way to get them out of our tiny row home. I was nervous at first that they would be too little too enjoy most areas but now that they walk they can go almost everywhere. The baby room is fantastic and I could have brought them much younger. They love the sandbox, water room, diner, music garden, everything! We are so lucky to have this place in Baltimore. Definitely visit!
Wendy W | Jan 22, 2018
My first visit with my grands last week was simply wonderful! It’s a great place to visit - very educational and entertaining with lots of hands on activities. See the leopard tortoise picture, well she was not the only live animal. There was another big turtle, a hedgehog and a big, long snake that the very experienced handler would let you touch, and if you’re brave enough, put around your neck. NOT FOR ME, but many adults and some children did while we watched. Be sure to ask for your AAA or other discounts bc it’s pricey (well worth it).
Naveen Ram | Feb 20, 2018
I certainly agree that it is a great museum for kids and a great learning experience as well for kids. It’s very pricey though and the car parking is very pricey too, I had to shell out 20$ parking just for 3 hours of visit and is not acceptable. Entry to the museum itself cost you about 50$ with 1 kid and 2 parents so in total you need to spend 70$ for visiting either entire day or 2+ hours. I wish museum had a parking spot as well or they should highlight in the website about PARKING non availability. To be honest, I wouldn’t visit it again because of the price factor for whatever the reason that they have.
Reza Manbachi | Jan 9, 2018
Overall it's an excellent place for children of any age. They have a specialized toddler section too. Admission for kids under 2 is free, although I don't understand why we have to pay for parents too. North of the border, most places only charge for kids & not the parents accompanying them. They give you a wristband for multiple coming in & out throughout the day. The ideas & thoughts behind each section is appreciable. I wish there was a quiet section for napping of little ones too. Birthday parties are also accommodated. The parking beside the museum is expensive, but the museum security stamps your ticket which gives you a $5 discount.
Gregory Pettine | Mar 28, 2018
I believe it is scheduled for a facelift and it needs it. My kids were 2 and 4 when we went 6 years ago. Nothing of note has changed except a few more things are closed. Kitchen and most play areas depleted. Your very young 3-5y kid will enjoy a first time visit. Son played soccer and climbed. Was better 6 years ago.
David Altemose | Mar 18, 2018
Best place ever for families with young children. Hands on learning and exploring including 4 story play place. Lockers available. Outside food permitted with tables and chairs provided. All family members get matching numbered wrist bands which are checked in your way out so no one leaves work the wrong crowd.
Toccara Mo | Mar 17, 2018
Affordable and huge. Great place for kids of all ages to have free play. We took 1 year old babies and there are only 2 areas they can play in but there is a ton of stuff for them to interact with. They do discount parking so that's nice.
Nicole Frazer | May 12, 2018
Our four year old had a blast. He loved the climbing structure, the diner, the construction site. He enjoyed the older children's exhibit of Egypt, but there was a part of that exhibit which had a "scary" moment/loud noise to make you jump, and that didn't go over well. All in all, we had a lovely afternoon of family activity.
Jackie Scrivanich | May 5, 2018
Great place for kids. Lots of different activities to try. Something for all kids. I love The Oasis and the toddler areas. The kids really enjoy the climbing area and the water room.
Sarah Waiters | May 16, 2018
I have a family membership because my kids love the water room, kitchen and tots trail so we come often. But i just feel like so dirty every time we come here. The reading room (I think it’s called oasis) looks dingy along with many other rooms. I DO see people coming around cleaning but some rooms need to be renovated. Get rid of the filthy carpet in the art room and oasis, get new bean bag chairs for oasis, and also get newer toys that don’t look brown. But I do love this place.
Jan-Mitchell Zerrudo | May 19, 2018
Drove up from Washington, D.C. for my four year old and one year old and both totally enjoyed it. The older one climbed the multilevel tree house, enjoyed the mini soccer stadium, and had fun at the water park. The younger one liked walking around the smaller kids' area with sloped walking paths. Also, the Egyptian-themed mystery adventure room was well done. Friendly staff and all toys/structures seemed cleaned. Overall a good value at $16 per person (over two or three years old, I forget which). I don't think they're were any food options inside the facility but even if there were we probably wouldn't have used it since time flew by; spent four hours here easily. Highly recommend this place and will be returning if/when I visit D.C. and Baltimore again.
Elizabeth Stogden | Jun 11, 2018
Great place to go on a rainy day! It was packed but it didn't feel crowded. So many different rooms with new things to discover! Huge jungle gym in the middle. Kept my 3 year old entertained for hours and my husband and I had fun too! It's a little pricey and there's no cafeteria. They have a bunch of tables so you can bring lunch with you but I didn't know that so we ended up leaving because we were hungry. The places to eat nearby are expensive too so it wasn't a cheap day. Overall it's a great place, get the Groupon to make the price more palatable, and bring lunch to maximize your time and $
Matt Longley | May 21, 2018
This place is such a wonderful experience. We took our 16 month old there not being sure what to expect, and we're certainly not disappointed. They do offer a toddler area, but even she was able to do some of the "big kid" stuff. Even her mom and I had a blast with the activities. Would HIGHLY recommend.
Arthur Smile | May 25, 2018
Park at the garage that is in the same building as the Museum and get $5.00 off (receive validation at entrance). Go on a Friday night for "Friday Fun Night" that starts at 4PM and runs to 8PM - The cost is only $2.00 (free for kids under 2). Basically a huge playground with toys and activities. A clown show (who teaches science ), activities to make things out of paper and other items. A water room where kids can get wet (wear the provided crocks and a poncho).
Serefina Mesa | Jun 11, 2018
I took my nieces and nephew here and they had a blast! They were occupied for hours and even my little 2 year old niece was captivated by everything to see, touch, do. I wish this place has been around when my children were little. Definitely bringing them back!
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