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Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine Portland

Where is it at?

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Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine
142 Free Street
P.O. Box 4041
Portland
ME
04101
Tel: 207 828 1234

Directions

From I-295 N or I-295 S: * Take exit 6-A (Forest Ave. South). * Bear right at the lights onto Rt. 77 South and proceed through the park. * Continue up the hill (Rt. 77/State Street). * At the top of the hill take a left onto Congress Street. * Proceed 2/10 mile, cross High Street and immediately bear right onto Free Street. * The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is on the right, immediately after the Portland Museum of Art.

Where are we going today?

Located in the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine offers interactive exhibits and activities for children and families. Our Town features a lobster boat, an interactive supermarket, a vet clinic, a fire truck, a farm, a car repair shop, and a soft gated play-and-learn area for toddlers. The Big Gallery features a series of rotating exhibits exploring topics from marine life to physics to art. On the Explore Floor, interactive science exhibits depict the natural resources of the state of Maine. Exhibits include a Ranger Station, climbing wall, miniature planetarium, Tide Pool Touch Tank and lumber mill. And We Are Maine celebrates the diverse global heritage of the Maine community.

The Museum and Theatre offers daily programming with emphasis on the arts, science, and multicultural topics. And don't miss the Camera Obscura, which delivers unbelievable panoramic views of the city of Portland and Casco Bay.

During the warm months, the Museum and Theatre's Shipyard is a great place to have lunch while sailing a pirate ship into port. Kids can also take advantage of theater classes; visit the website for details.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$9
  • Free Under: 18 months.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm daily.

I'm Hungry!

There is a cafe located on the lower level with a vending machine filled with nutritious, natural snacks and drinks (machine takes cash, credit or debit). The cafe is also an ideal place to share a lunch from home or take out from one of our neighboring restaurants. During warm weather months, you can also enjoy outdoor snacking at one of our backyard picnic tables..

Healthy Eating!

A locally owned and operated company keeps the machine stocked with a healthy selection of dried fruits and nuts, popcorn, fruit juices and more..

Need a little extra help?

Fully accessible to wheel and push chairs. Every toilet has changing tables. Nursing is welcome anywhere in the building. We provide seats in the cafe throughout the museum. If you prefer to nurse in private, we can make accommodations for you..

What people are saying?

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    The best children's museum in the area. We're from NH, took an hour drive up and stopped by after reading the reviews. The place is AMAZING! Compared to the Children's Museum in Dover NH, there's more to do for baby & toddler age. They use the space and design it in a way all ages can enjoy. We went on a weekend so it was a little packed but even then, the indoor park with slides, baby section (large) that's padded everywhere and the second floor had a lot to offer. Overall I feel you get more for the money here especially if you have toddlers...Read More

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    According to my kids (4& 2) this children's museum is better than Boston one and I agree. No gift shop (yeah!) or cafeteria. Bring your own lunch/ drinks.

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    I have a 1 & 2 year old that love going here, but it's almost guaranteed ur child is going to get sick mine have all three times we've gone within a day or so after and this last time me and my wife did too! And we are constantly putting hand satirize on us..might be just the winter..but I think need more help keeping place clean!! Germ infested place as am concerned...if someone didn't get us a yr pass, if never ever ever go again! Can't wait till warm weather summer bring kids outside to playgrounds. Butt if u want ur child and possibly u getting...Read More

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    My 4 year old loved this place! They have a big fire truck with a fire pole which my son went down a dozen times. Plenty to do for 2 1/2, 3 hours. It's bigger than the Dover, NH Children's Museum And I thought there was more to do. I really like how Maine centric this museum is. Camping and lobster boats is cool for my kids to see since we live in TX.

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    Great place! We went in the morning, took a break for lunch and went back for a few more hours. Lots of fun for our 3 yo and almost 6yo. Would be fun for older as well. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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by sidehop

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The best children's museum in the area. We're from NH, took an hour drive up and stopped by after reading the reviews. The place is AMAZING! Compared to the Children's Museum in Dover NH, there's more to do for baby & toddler age. They use the space and design it in a way all ages can enjoy. We went on a weekend so it was a little packed but even then, the indoor park with slides, baby section (large) that's padded everywhere and the second floor had a lot to offer. Overall I feel you get more for the money here especially if you have toddlers and babies. Wish it was closer to us! :)

by Anthony Pizzo

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I have a 1 & 2 year old that love going here, but it's almost guaranteed ur child is going to get sick mine have all three times we've gone within a day or so after and this last time me and my wife did too! And we are constantly putting hand satirize on us..might be just the winter..but I think need more help keeping place clean!! Germ infested place as am concerned...if someone didn't get us a yr pass, if never ever ever go again! Can't wait till warm weather summer bring kids outside to playgrounds. Butt if u want ur child and possibly u getting a cold, then this is ur place. I taste it at lowest u can....hire more staff get more cleanser around and clean up some more... my wife might bring kids again if weather don't get nice soon, but am done and tired everytime they go are sick with fever next day out night. Very disappointed...try a little bit harder to keep it clean for the children please! Hopefully kids we'll take the one year loss on the pass but am never going EVER AGAIN!

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