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Mid Hudson Childrens Museum Poughkeepsie

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Mid Hudson Childrens Museum
75 N Water St
Poughkeepsie
NY
12601
Tel: 845 471 0589

Where are we going today?

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum's newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant construction zone The Imagination Playground!

The large interactive learning play exhibits comprise The Mastadon, The Diving Bell, Riversprouts Farm and Rivertown, which between them cover nature, science, literacy, art, music and community.

Many special events are held throughout the year celebrating any number of seasonal and cultural wonders, always aimed at families.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7.50
  • Children$7.50
  • Free Under: 1 year.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

June 24 through August 26 Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm. Other seasons vary.

Teachers corner

The museum is a popular field trip destination for preschool, pre-K, and early elementary grades, and offers outreach programs to local schools, libraries and community centers..

Any Top Tips?

Family Free Nights every 3rd Saturday of each month between 5pm to 8pm. Check ahead, this may not be permanent..

Need a little extra help?

The museum's entrance is facing the Hudson River, and offers both stairs and ramp to assist strollers and wheelchairs in accessing the museum's first floor..

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    Save your money!! Let me start off by saying that I have been taking my daughter there for years, since she was born, and always loved the museum. I recently took my 9 year old daughter there and the whole museum has changed. While it used to have a couple of exhibits pertaining to the Revolutionary War and the Hudson Valley's strong connection to it, someone thought the community might be better served by replacing this exhibit, and several others, in favor of the new and controversial Common Core Standards. It is no longer a children's "museum"...Read More

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    This is a fine museum with generous space for interesting activities and exhibits. I have visited three times with my grandson and always found new exhibits as well as old favorites. Its close proximity to the Hudson River walkways make this a great destination. Bring a picnic lunch to eat out on the Museum deck or down by the river.

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    I am fairly certain I have never reviewed anything before, but I was so disapointed with the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum I feel compelled. I took my 31/2 year old son there last weekend. I had been meaing to go for sometime and we were both looking forward to it but only stayed for an hour (after paying $13 to get in...which I didn't consider too bad, but certainly not worth it in the end). The exhibits were dirty and 1/3 were not in proper working order...and since they were sparse to begin with, it didn't leave a lot to do/explore. I mean,...Read More

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by Christine Kovacs

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Save your money!! Let me start off by saying that I have been taking my daughter there for years, since she was born, and always loved the museum. I recently took my 9 year old daughter there and the whole museum has changed. While it used to have a couple of exhibits pertaining to the Revolutionary War and the Hudson Valley's strong connection to it, someone thought the community might be better served by replacing this exhibit, and several others, in favor of the new and controversial Common Core Standards. It is no longer a children's "museum" and more of a preschool/pre-k Common Core readiness program. They used to have some pretty cool interactive mannequins that recited the Declaration of Independence and a portion of it on the wall where kids could sign their name - GONE. There was horse that kids could ride and take the ride of Sybil Luddington - GONE. The submersible that contained fish tanks that housed fish indigenous to the Hudson River, broken AGAIN. The solar exhibit (which my daughter loved) also GONE. All of the exhibits for older children have been replaced with computers hooked up to computer games teaching Common Core. There are several exhibits teaching the metric system. We left after about 45 minutes because my daughter told me that she got enough of that in school and didn't want to spend her free time doing what her entire class hates in school. I was wondering why when I pulled into the parking lot, I saw very few cars in the parking lot. It used to be packed. I now know why. Don't waste your money or your time.

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I am fairly certain I have never reviewed anything before, but I was so disapointed with the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum I feel compelled. I took my 31/2 year old son there last weekend. I had been meaing to go for sometime and we were both looking forward to it but only stayed for an hour (after paying $13 to get in...which I didn't consider too bad, but certainly not worth it in the end). The exhibits were dirty and 1/3 were not in proper working order...and since they were sparse to begin with, it didn't leave a lot to do/explore. I mean, how hard is it to properly stock the play bakery with enough play food and play cookery to keep a few kids entertained? As it was, there were so few items in there the kids kept fighting over what little there was. And then upstairs, several of the exhibits were out of order, and several more were not kept up in proper working order (the hula hoop bubble thingy? not enough soap to make a bubble, the model dam? not working. the model hudson river? the play fish were too big to fit and actually show the flow of the river as I assume was intended. and the model train? "mommy, why is the train going backwards??" nuf said.) The only saving grace was the slide by the mastedon...and I guess the mastedon itself was pretty cool. But I guess what surprised me the most was the lack of staff interpretation...why wasn't anyone walking around to talk to kids about the exhibits? Or at the very least do some damage control to make sure kids were taking turns, using the exhibits properly, etc.? So many parents were just letting their kids run wild upstairs...I saw lots of little guys (mine included) getting pushed out of the way while bigger kids took over. I went to bat for my kid when I could, but it was really chaotic up there (not that I don't expect kids to go a little crazy and have fun) but it seems a few well placed museum staff could go a long way to adding to the visitor experience at this place. Kids are creative, kids have imagination...the possibilities for a museum dedicated soley to this purpose should be endless and I really felt it feel short. We live in Kingston and I think next time we'll be heading to Albany to the state museum. I know that the exhibits there have not changed since I was in kindergarten and many of them aren't kid-oriented, but hey...it's free! The kids discovery center is fun and the carousel is great.

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