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Maryland Science Center Baltimore

Where is it at?

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Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore
MD
21230
Tel: 410 685 2370

Directions

From the NORTH: I-95 South to Baltimore. Once you pass through the Fort McHenry Toll Facility, go through the far right tube of the tunnel, and stay in right lane. Once you emerge from the tunnel, the Key Highway exit (#55) is immediately on the right. Take the exit and move to the right lane. Make a right at the traffic light onto Key Highway. Follow Key Highway to the Maryland Science Center, which will be on your right. OR I-83 South into Baltimore until the expressway ends. Turn right onto Lombard Street and follow it to Light Street. Turn left onto Light Street. Stay to the left and follow Light Street to the traffic light at Key Highway. Bear left onto Key Highway (it\'s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left. From the SOUTH: I-95 North to Baltimore. Follow the sign to Downtown Baltimore. Take the exit to I-395. Follow the signs to the Inner Harbor downtown area. Turn right onto Conway Street. Follow Conway Street to Light Street. Turn right onto Light Street, move to the furthest left lane, and follow to the traffic light at Key Highway. Bear left onto Key Highway (it\'s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left. OR I-295, the Baltimore-Washingon Parkway, North to Baltimore. In Baltimore this route becomes Russell Street. Russell Street past stadiums on your right. Turn right onto Pratt Street after you pass Camden Yards. Turn right onto Light Street. Move to the furthest left lane and bear to the left at traffic light at Key Highway (it\'s not a straight-across intersection). The Maryland Science Center will be immediately on your left.

Where are we going today?

We know about those museums filled with 'No Touch" signs...but we prefer the ones where you can touch EVERYTHING!

The Maryland Science Center is a super FUN and interactive experience for kids where they can really get their hands stuck in to learn! The museum is filled with exhibits that cover a whole range of topics, from Planet Earth and The Human Body and of course, dinosaurs!

Ever wanted to zoom into your own body to check out all the amazing cells that make you up? In one exhibition kids can actually fly through a virtual call, or walk through a giant maze to experience how proteins are made! 

Roll up your sleeves, it's The Shed! Part laboratory, part workshop, this very cool exhibit hosts different programs and events across the year, as well as fun drop in activities each day. Kids can learn all about how things work, and how to use different tools - great for them learning new skills! 

If you have little ones, the Kids Room is a place they might want to go! Just for kids under 8 years old, they can play in the large water play area, or explore an underwater world with a submarine. With buttons to push and blocks to build with, these little engineers and explorers will have a great time! 

The Maryland Science Center also offers a number of Science Encounters where kids can really explore! Mind-boggling and hair-raising topics are shown on the Demonstration Stage each day, and if you want to check out some planets and stars, the rooftop has it's very own computer controlled observatory where kids can look deep into space. 

An amazing experience for kids where they can really get hands-on and creative at the Maryland Science Center - it makes learning FUN! 

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18.95 ($22.95 with IMAX film)
  • Children$15.95 ($19.95 with IMAX film) Ages 3 to 12.
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm weekdays. 10am - 6pm Saturday. 11am - 5pm Sunday. Hours may vary slightly on the month so

Closed Mondays September to March.

Teachers corner

There is a comprehensive field trip guide available so you can really plan your excursion - and all schools visit free! Amazing! .

I'm Hungry!

Beakers Cage is the perfect place to refresh, with chicken, pizza, sandwiches and drinks!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has healthy salads and snacks!.

Any Top Tips?

You can buy your tickets online to save queueing when you get there! .

Need a little extra help?

The center is wheelchair accessible! There are elevators and ramps, and staff can help you get around. .

Can I get one of those?

You certainly can! The science store is on Level One and lets you browse among the DVDs, books, science kits, games and instruments - perfect for that geologist or astronomer!.

More information

They validate two nearby garages, for $9 per day. .

What people are saying?

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    One of the best in the country! Very interactive for kids of all ages. Staff are very pleasant. It is hard to enjoy all the exhibits in one trip. Membership is so worth it. There are fun events throughout the year. The Pi day celebration was so remarkable.

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    Unfortunately, the architect of this museum seems to have been more concerned with looks than functionality. There are great open spaces which are not well utilized, yet the areas for the special exhibits at the time we visited were narrow and over-crowded. At the time we went, people were trying to exit the IMAX, go down the stairs, and enter the popular traveling exhibit, all within close proximity, all at the same time. Parents, mind your chilldren!

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    Some things were great, others, a bit worn out and low tech, even for kids. The center could use some upgrades, but overall, a lot of fun, great building, the dinosaur exhibit was awesome and wonderful hands on opportunities. Plenty of great stuff for 5 hours of fun and education.

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    Very impressed with the 3rd floor play area. It has been several years since our last visit. This is a great day trip with little ones. In contrast to our last visit to Port Discovery, the Science Center wins by a landslide. My 18 month old was not so fond of the Imax but it was a highlight of the trip for my four year old.

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    Great place!

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by Nancy King

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Unfortunately, the architect of this museum seems to have been more concerned with looks than functionality. There are great open spaces which are not well utilized, yet the areas for the special exhibits at the time we visited were narrow and over-crowded. At the time we went, people were trying to exit the IMAX, go down the stairs, and enter the popular traveling exhibit, all within close proximity, all at the same time. Parents, mind your chilldren!

Additionally, those who are partially mobility impaired, as I am, should BEWARE. There is NO parking around or under the museum (though there are lovely sidewalks and spacious views of the harbor). The closest parking lots are across a wide boulevard with a walk/don't walk sign that is not long enough for get across the street in one go, and the very few handicapped spaces were all taken. There is NO elevator access to the street level. Stairs and a rather steep ramp is mandatory. From the parking lot, it is a good quarter of a mile to the entrance, which is on the back of the museum. Overall, the problems with the physical structure of this museum and its exterior access outweighed my enjoyment of the special exhibit we drove 75 miles to see.

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