Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD, is located just blocks off of I-95 just north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It is at the corner of Market Place and Water Street.
This interactive children's museum seeks to provoke creative imagination through experiences during a child's visit here.
It was founded in 1976 as the Baltimore Children's Museum at a different location but in 1990 it merged with the Maryland Children's Museum. In 1998 it moved into the renovated Fish Market building at the Inner Harbor where it is today, filling 80,000 square feet of space. A visit should be planned for 2 to 3 hours in order to get the most out of the experience.
In 2002, Child's Magazine ranked it as the number 4 children's museum in the United States. The museum has received various other awards and recognition over the years.
The permanent exhibits are a convenience store to provide a shopping experience that educates around healthy foods and Wonders of Water in which no one stays dry, although protective gear is provided to cover clothing.
There are always interactive visiting exhibits to enjoy and learn from. Special learning programs and events for children and their families are also held at Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD.
The museum is mostly designed for 4-7 year old kids. Nevertheless strollers are allowed into the museum. All 3 floors of exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
While there is no restaurant on the premises, brown bag lunches can be eaten on the site and a wide variety of restaurants are in short walking distance from the museum.
The museum is affiliated with the Harbor Magic Hotel which it recommends for out of town visitors.
Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD, charges admission for children over 2 years of age. It is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 AM- 5 PM on Monday through Saturday and from 12 -5 PM on Sunday. From October through May 25, it is open the same hours on Saturday and Sunday, closes on Monday and is open on Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The museum closes on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
An admission wristband system prevents children from leaving the museum with another party. The wristband is good for re-entry to the museum throughout the day of admission purchase.
There are corporate and individual membership packages at the museum for nearby visitors that will return to the museum throughout the year. Members get discounts for their guests when accompanied by the member.
Local adults are welcome as volunteers at the museum, which is registered as a 501 (c) 3 tax deductible organization.
The museum is available for catered events and facility rentals. There are packages available for birthday parties for children between the ages of 2 and 10 years.