This Inner Harbor museum features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology, and astronomy. Among the most ... More
Maryland Science Center
This Inner Harbor museum features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology, and astronomy. Among the most popular recent exhibits were three-dimensional nebula models and a giant meteor hanging from the ceiling of the main hall. Of more local interest is the Chesapeake Bay estuary exhibit, which features several tanks of live creatures. Packages that include tickets to the IMAX are available.
This place was alot of fun for my entire family. We went there expecting to see everything in 2-3 hours and ended up spending 4 hours there! It was alot of fun and educational at the same time. Well worth the money!
The Maryland Science Center is truly directed at children. There are no Exhibitions for adults and adults will find this exhibition (unless they have children with them) a waste of time and money. Occasionally there will be exhibitions (traveling exhibitions) on display that will cater to adults...but before buying tickets check to see which exhibition is on display...as you might not be interested in it. Although I don't have children (so I can't speak first hand) if you at all would like your child to be interested in science there are a lot of very, very nice exhibitions for them and a lot of interaction activities for them to do here.
+Great for Children. Plenty of interaction exhibits that seem as if they would be very fun for children...and they will be learning about science the whole time.
+IMAX Theatre - although the National Aquarium in Baltimore's 4-D theatre is better.
+Traveling exhibitions are sometimes very interesting (i.e. Body Works)
-No permanent adult focused exhibitions.
-Seems like there should be more for the price (even for the kids).
My wife and I are avid travelers and actively seek culture, adventure, and animal encounters. We recently moved from Baltimore, MD to Melbourne, FL. I've been to the Maryland Science Center many times in my life. Recently I visited to view the traveling exhibition "Body Works."
My boys, ages 6 and 9 loved this place. There is a lot to do for this age. We spent about 5 hours exploring the exhibits and I think that we covered about everything the boys wanted to see. We did see the 3-D Imax movie about sea monsters and we also saw the presentation about the constellations in the planetarium. The 3-D Imax movie was awesome, but some parts were scary for very young children, in my opinion. Overall, I think that children will like this museum and the parents for the price that is being charged.
We heard so many great things about this center, but were actually rather disappointed when we went to see it. With some notable exceptions, they seem to rely rather heavily on computer-based "interactivity", rather than hands-on. When we were there, there were very few staff workers, and only two seemed eager to explain anything. Unfortunately, only one of those two seemed to understand the science behind what was being displayed.
It costs far too much for something that one could do with a computer program at home.
Based on our prior experience with other science centers on the West Coast (e.g., The Exploratorium in S.F., and The OMSI in Portland). we expected a lot more. After 3 hours the Exploratorium, we left because we were hungry and tired, but we had fun. At the OMSI, there were generally knowledgable staff and fascinating demonstrations. At the Maryland Science Center, we left after ~2 hours out of boredom.
I love this place. There is so much you can do and virtually everything is interactive. Its not just for kids. The science created a fun and entertaining way to educate you hands on. Would definetly recommend to visitors.
My daughter recently went to the Science Center for a school fieldtrip. We had a blast! So much to do and see, and even more to learn. The kids never got board. The staff is very friendly, and cater to the kids. Put it on your list of things to do!!!
We visited the center last summer (2005) and after more than 3 hours of exploration, we still felt that we were only half way through. Most of the exhibitions are hands on - things that you could touch and experiment. My son was one and a half year old then and he had a great time - there are so many things for him to do at each floor. The only thing he didn't enjoy was that 3-D movie since he didn't want to put the glasses on. If you have kids under 3, maybe it is best not to pay extra for the movie ticket just yet. But adults would enjoy it for sure. The kids room impressed us both adult and kid. My son spent a lot of time there. It is a great experience for the whole family - consider the words is from a former New Yorker who has been some of the best museums in New York. Looking for a great day for your family? That will be it.
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