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Maryland Science Center
Based on 406 traveler reviews
This museum is geared to kids
Aug 27, 2014 by: Entlebuch from Memphis, Tennessee
We have a bunch of grandchildren in various parts of the US and have visited children's museums in at least 10 different cities. This museum has great potential (it could be excellent) but it is very disappointing that so many of the educational exhibits are non-functional. The many exhibits and hands-on activities that are not working properly should be removed if they are not going to be properly maintained. Instead of getting kids excited about science and the cool things that exist in this world the non-functional displays create frustration and/or disinterest. The science museum in Baltimore is in a beautiful building and we have visited several times but most of the activities available to kids have never worked. I understand that kids inflict a lot of wear and tear on the hands-on activities, but I believe that the entrance fees to this museum are hefty enough that that they should be able to maintain the displays. For example, there is a display where kids are supposed to identify characteristic smells but it is obvious that the necessary scents are rarely if ever loaded. We bought an annual membership to the museum for our grandkids and have visited several times. The scents have never been detectable by anyone in our large group. How hard can it be to recharge this display. Sadly, this lack of attention to maintaining functioning displays is evident in many many exhibits. it is frustrating that this museum has so many beautifully conceived but poorly executed (i.e. non-functional) displays.
Spectactular, hands on, and interacting exhibits.
Aug 25, 2014 by: willowstarr18 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I have been to over twenty science museums, and this in my opinion is the best. I can see why it is rated as one of the top five museums in the country. It is spacious, (one never feels crowded), Exceptionally clean, and every exhibit is in working order, unlike some of the other museums I have been to. They have something for everyone from age 7 up to adulthood. Good I Max theatre also. You could easily spend two days there. They have a Dinosaur exhibit that is better than the one I paid $25.00 a ticket to see at the Art Museum in Philadelphia, where I had to stand in line with my grandson for hours in a crowded line with a timed ticket. This a permanent exhibit and it is wonderful. They have a planetarium and another floor which we did not have time to go to. We will go back and soon!! Another wonderful aspect of this museum was they were not trying to sell food, like all the others where every exhibit leads you into a food court. My grandson is 8 years old, my daughter who is in her 40's and I, the grandmother. You can see by the ages that it is for everyone. We loved it. One other great feature, it is open until nine o'clock. We went to the tourist center to get a brochure for this museum, and were told that they were not allow to have brochures (we found this very strange indeed). The first item on my list is always to go to a tourist center and browse through the brochures. Nevertheless, we found it, we loved it, and we will go back again, and again.
Well worth the visit
Aug 23, 2014 by: Emil T from Omaha, Nebraska
This is a relatively small museum but great for when you don't have all day. It has a lot of interesting exhibits that are cool to see and for me that's what a museum is all about
If you have a 10 year old.....
Aug 17, 2014 by: Cheapotronx from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
My wife and I were wandering the IH and figured what the heck lets see..... bottom line is if you have a ten year old gofor it... otherwise keep you $ in your pocket. The planetarium was the highlight of the visit....
Something for Everyone
Aug 16, 2014 by: Miyelani from Hampstead
You will enjoy this museum. Something for every age! I bring my 3&7 year here all the time. Dinosaurs, kid room, electricity, etc.
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