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Discovery Station at Hagerstown
Based on 24 traveler reviews
Fun and educational
Sep 02, 2014 by: ShellyKP34 from Frederick, Maryland
This place does not have big city pizzazz. Some parts are dated and could use an update. But most of the museum is fun and educational. There are many interactive things for kids to do. My son's favorite is the transportation exhibit. It's a large room, well-lit and clean, that features interesting things such as a full-size Mack truck engine and a real Cessna plane (tail excluded) that kids can climb inside. My personal favorite exhibit is the optical illusions exhibit. That was fun and very interactive. The layout of the museum is a little confusing but they have maps. There is no food or drink available for sale but if you go with a group you can bring a bagged lunch and eat in the "cafe." There is a nice sized play area for toddlers. Some of the exhibits are more like play rooms. The magnets exhibit was just a few tables with magnetic toys that kids can play with and manipulate. The dinosaur exhibit was another small room with dinosaur books, toys and a movie playing. The same things I have at my house. The staff is always very friendly and easy to talk to. They interact with the kids and answer questions with a smile. I think the biggest attraction for this place would be the special programs that they host where they bring in guest speakers and traveling exhibits. The cost is reasonable, I think. And the gift shop prices are reasonable as well. My son can take $5 and get a really nice souvenir each time he goes. If you're local it's a nice way to spend a few hours. We travel from Frederick which is about a half hour drive. There are other things to do in Hagerstown if you're going that way. We also like the roundhouse museum and City Park.
Jun 30, 2014 by: Dawn W from Geneva, New York, USA
Remodeling the local downtown bank into a museum was a great idea. Seeing the original vault and door was cool. Titanic display was great, especially talking with the builder of the exhibit - fascinating man. Large variety of other exhibits on 2 floors. Utilizing the original building in a unique way to display the exhibits was something we have not seen in other Science Museums. We visited using our reciprocal Science Museum membership. On street parking is free on the weekend. Limited parking available.
Outlets for us, Station for them
Jun 23, 2014 by: Jessica D from
We had a great time at the Discovery Station on our way to the outlets. Reasonably priced. Our children are 7 and 5. We especially loved the grocery store room. The Japanese exhibit was also a fun time. I teach preschool, and the Early Education section was full of discovery. Can't wait to go back!
A great place to visit on a rainy, cold afternoon!
Apr 20, 2014 by: NewVirginian from Martinsburg, West Virginia
We visited on a weekday, and were lucky enough to find a free parking space directly behind the museum. The 7 year old was fascinated by the dinosaur puzzle pieces, and spent a good bit of time in putting together a fossil. He enjoyed seeing the large dinosaur head, but I could not interest him in the movie that was shown in an adjoining room. He loved sitting in the little Cessna, especially when I showed him what the different dials, etc, were for. We spent some time with the train set upstairs. He also enjoyed the large town mat that had many houses and places of business, and spent about 45 minutes playing in that area. All the staff was friendly, interacting with my grandson frequently, and managing to interest him in some of the exhibits that he might have bypassed. The entrance fee is reasonable, the staff outstanding, and the exhibits interesting to children. Well worth a visit!
Apr 19, 2014 by: sue k from Shokan, New York
This Museum did an outstanding job for Children on April 19,2014, They had all kinds of Easter activities for the children to do, they had pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, snacks for all the children and it was all for FREE! Hats off to the staff for making it a nice occasion for all children.
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