Baltimore is a favorite destination for us. We’ve hit almost every family-friendly opportunity and place the Inner Harbor offers. We recently (and finally) visited, and became members of, the Maryland Science Center.
Not knowing what to expect — I figured it was just another hands-on museum of sorts geared towards kids and maybe adults. Children’s museums and centers are my ‘thing’. No matter what city we visit, we find their children’s museum and visit. The Maryland Science Center though was a huge treat because all the exhibits are truly science-based. And, the Center was geared toward the WHOLE family. Never mind my kids — I never got bored trailing behind them.
Walking into the impressive 3-story lobby you are immediately engaged. Not only are there incredible exhibits that are interesting to kids and parents, there we countless touch-friendly demonstrations and engagement stations that seemingly changed each time we left a certain area.
The Maryland Science Center is truly hands-on. You can touch, manipulate and explore almost everything. As you can see by the photo review, my children had a great time! My son’s favorites included the REAL table of nails he got to lay down on in the ‘Our Body, the Inside Story’ exhibit, learning about fossils and footprints in the ‘Dinosaur Mysteries’ exhibit and the giant pinwall in the ‘Kids Room’.
- Dinosaur Mysteries
- Follow the Blue Crab
- Your Body: The Inside Story
- Cells: The Universe Inside Us
- Newton’s Alley
- Energy Efficient Car
- Kids Room
- Life Beyond Earth
For the families with infants and toddlers the kids room is geared for the younger crowds, ages 0 to 8. giving them a smaller, more enclosed place to explore and play. The room, with a door that is staffed and closed to prevent wandering souls includes lots of great hands-on opportunities including a GIANT pinscreen, a large waterplay area and ‘even an area for kids under two—Room To Grow—where infants and toddlers can crawl around squishy waterbeds and play with big soft blocks.’ Note — the Kids Room closes an hour before the rest of the museum. We saved this for last, but we should have gone first.
We went during the week, so street parking was easy for us to find. But, the Center validates at two nearby garages. As far as food, they have a concession stand, Breakers Cafe, where we were able to buy snacks and drinks. Like Port Discovery, there is a dedicated place with tables and chairs for families to sit down and enjoy their food.
We didn’t get the chance to see the Planetarium or an IMAX movie — but with our membership we intend to go back and visit. Importantly– your Maryland Science Center membership reciprocates with other select museums. ‘The Maryland Science Center welcomes members from participating ASTC Passport Program institutions. Reciprocal admission through this program is an important benefit of membership. ‘
We hope you take the time to go too — as DullesMoms.com HIGHLY recommends the Maryland Science Center.
Maryland Science Center Museum hours are:
September 8th 2012, – March 24, 2013
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: : 11 am – 5 pm
March 25, 2013 – June 23, 2013
Monday-Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: : 11 am – 5 pm
Please visit them here for special holiday, summer, cafe and Kids Room hours.
Some of their Frequently Asked Questions, like:
- What are your hours?
- Can I bring in a stroller?
- Can I eat in the building?
- Can I just see an IMAX film or just go to the traveling exhibit?
Maryland Science Center is located on the Inner Harbor at 601 Light Street, Baltimore MD 21230. The main number is 410-685-2370. Learn more here.
Serving more than half a million visitors per year, the Maryland Science Center is one of Baltimore Inner Harbor’s main attractions. Entertaining and educational to the young and old alike, it is undoubtedly one of the city’s most exciting places to visit. With hands-on exhibits and spectacular displays in the wonderful world of science and technology, the Maryland Science Center is a great way to gain hands on experience and first-hand knowledge.
One of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States, the Maryland Science Center Science Center, commonly referred to as the Science Museum, is a reputable learning center for all ages and was originally a meeting place for an amateur scientific society where members would discuss papers on a variety of natural science topics.
At the Maryland Science Center you’ll find three floors of demonstrations to exercise your imagination and challenge your mind. See exciting combustible reactions, eye-boggling optical illusions and learn about lasers. Hands-on exhibits include a voyage through the human body and learning how microbes work for us. Traveling exhibits abound, so there’s always something new see and learn.
The Science Center has become such a spectacular experience that it’s hard to believe it has been around since 1976. With a larger than life, five-story 3D IMAX Movie Theater, complete with surround sound and stadium seating, the objects seem to leap off the screen, looking real enough to touch and making you feel like you’re IN the movie! Just put on your 3D glasses and prepare for an incredible adventure to fantastic places like the land of dinosaurs, the Nile or the Bayou. The IMAX Theater offers a variety of changing shows and features.
Maryland Science Center’s Davis Planetarium features programs to explore the sky and discover space exploration. Travel the night sky to examine the sun and stars and learn astronomy to identify stars and constellations with the Sky Alive program or with friends from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Or travel to distant galaxies in Beyond the Nine while relaxing in total comfort.