About Us
Port Discovery Children’s Museum, ranked among the top five children’s museums in the country and one
of the leading non-traditional educational resources of the Mid-Atlantic region, offers three floors of
interactive exhibitions and programs and for children ages 2 through 10 years old. All of Port Discovery’s
programming initiatives align with the Maryland Model for School Readiness and the Voluntary State
Curriculum and focus on the Museum’s 5 Platforms of Learning:
Early Childhood Learning
Healthy Families/Healthy Communities
STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Financial Literacy
Creative Arts and Culture
Port Discovery is home to many exciting and unique exhibits that encourage the development of criticalthinking skills, interpersonal skills, self-esteem building, sensory perception, cultural identification and
language development. These exhibits include:
Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station – Port Discovery’s newest permanent
exhibit, teaches children how to make healthy choices in a convenient world.
Wonders of Water (WoW!) - helps children understand human interaction with water and the
environment through “purposeful play” activities.
KidWorks – A three-story urban tree house puts your mind and body to the test.
MPT Studio – A realistic television studio where children can enjoy musical, theatrical and dance
performances or participate in a financial literacy based game show
Adventure Expeditions – Explore 1920s Egypt in search of a pharaoh’s lost tomb
Sensation Station – Sensory experiences abound in this exciting space designed specifically for
newborns and toddlers.
The Diner – “Cook” and serve up realistic play food and listen to tunes on the working jukebox.
The Oasis – A creative space and quiet zone for young children featuring story time, books,
games and toys.
Miss Perceptions Mystery House – Help the ace detective solve the mystery of the Baffled
family using clues and evidence in this cool and zany house!
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Gallery – Features traveling exhibits from across the country.
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Our History
The former Baltimore Children’s Museum opened in 1976 and was housed at The Cloisters in Lutherville,
Maryland. By 1996, the Museum had exceeded its capacity of serving 50,000 visitors per year. In an
effort to increase its scope and size to meet the growing needs of the community. The Board of Directors,
with the support and encouragement of Baltimore's Mayor Kurt Schmoke, decided that an Inner Harbor
presence was necessary to reach the broadest possible audience of children and families in the region.
The Museum relocated to the historic Fish Market building in downtown Baltimore and re-opened as Port
Discovery in December 1998.
Our Mission
Port Discovery provides experiences that ignite imagination, inspire learning and nurture growth through
General Information
$12.95 for ages 2-102!
FREE for children under 2 and Members.
Hours of Operation
October - May
Closed Monday*
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Memorial Day – Labor Day
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: closed
*The Museum is open on the following Maryland Public School Holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
President’s Day, Monday before and after Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Monday after
Christmas. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.