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Discovery Station at Hagerstown
Based on 27 traveler reviews
Amazing to find this in Hagerstown
Oct 31, 2014 by: mommabond86 from hagerstown
First, reviews done in 2012 and before do not reflect the full range of this attraction -- much has been upgraded and expanded since then. To find a children's activity and learning center in such a small town as Hagerstown is actually a minor miracle. I have taken grandchildren as old as 7 and as young as 18 months here, and they have all had a wonderful time. There is a huge range of information and topics, designed for all age levels up to adult. The toddler level might look like just a play area, but it is filled with posters for parents, encouraging them on ways they might interact with their children and enhance the explorations they are doing. I think this is a wonderful place for children and their families. And the entry fees are extremely reasonable!
A pleasant little surprise
Oct 26, 2014 by: YaakovMar from
Disclaimer: we have ATSC reciprocal membership from the Maryland Science Center. They DO accept it but I would verify in advance in case anything changes. That said, this is a museum that has a little bit of everything. If you are looking for a place to take young kids, I would highly recommend Discovery Station. It has a toddler area, a scale model of the Titanic, a small airplane, a whole baseball exhibit and another children's area upstairs. You could easily spend a few hours there. It is also only five minutes away from the outlets, which is also a plus. I would definitely go back.
Excellent new Exhibit
Sep 24, 2014 by: TomHagerstown from Hagerstown, Maryland
It was great to see several new things at Discovery Station, including a new DEA exhibit. The staff and volunteers work hard to give a good experience for everyone who comes into the museum.
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.
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