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!
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.
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.
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.
$25.95 ($30.95 with IMAX film)
$19.95 ($24.95 with IMAX film) Ages 3 to 12.
Seniors and members
Beakers Cage is the perfect place to refresh, with chicken, pizza, sandwiches and drinks!
You can buy your tickets online to save queueing when you get there!
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!
There is a comprehensive field trip guide available so you can really plan your excursion - and all schools visit free! Amazing!
The cafe has healthy salads and snacks!
The center is wheelchair accessible! There are elevators and ramps, and staff can help you get around.
They validate two nearby garages, for $9 per day.