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Family-Friendly and Children's Museums

Whatever your kids’ interests—bugs, art, airplanes or fire trucks—Maryland’s got a museum for them.

By Laura Farmer

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Calvert Marine Museum
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Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore
Port Discovery Children's Museum
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Show the kids that museums are anything but boring at these family-friendly museums. 

College Park Aviation Museum Photo By: College Park Aviation Museum

1 College Park Aviation Museum

Pre-schoolers will enjoy a flight-inspired story in the Peter Pan Club, and Afternoon Aviators (kids ages 5 and up) learn how to build a paper airplane and play airplane bingo. Older kids can join the Rib-Making Workshops and even learn how to construct their own 1909 Wright Rib Wing.


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Location:
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740
301-864-6029


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Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore Photo By: Visit Baltimore

2 Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore

The main attraction for big kids and adults here is the three-story urban treehouse, called KidWorks. For the under-5 crowd, Tot Trails encourages running and crawling, as well as digging for fossils. Check out the kid-sized Royal Farms Convenience Store, Fill’er Up Station, and Tiny’s Diner.


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Location:
35 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-727-8120


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Chesapeake Children's Museum

3 Chesapeake Children's Museum, Annapolis

Tucked away on more than five acres of land at the head of Spa Creek, this museum teaches kids all about the Chesapeake Bay. Peek at wildlife through the Bay Window or build a city in the Hard Hat area. The Underground Railroad Trail explains how runaway slaves depended on nature to survive in their quest for freedom.


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Location:
25 Silopanna Rd
Annapolis, MD 21403
410-990-1993


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Rose Hill Manor

4 Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum, Frederick

Guests can stroll the picturesque grounds, manor house, ice house, log cabin, carriage collection and two barns of Maryland’s first governor, Thomas Johnson. At the Children’s Museum, kids get a hands-on experience of Colonial America.


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History & Heritage


Location:
1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-1650


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Calvert Marine Museum Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

5 Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons

Looking for a great family day trip in the Washington D.C. Metro Area? Then the Calvert Marine Museum is the place for you. Located in Solomons, Maryland, at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the museum offers fun, hands-on experiences in a beautiful setting.


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General Attractions


Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042


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Maryland Science Center in Baltimore Photo By: Visit Baltimore

6 Maryland Science Center - Baltimore

Interactive exhibitions are on all levels of the Maryland Science Center and a hall showcasing dinosaurs and earth sciences is a big hit with the kids. The IMAX Theater has 3D film technology for an immersive expierience. 


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General Attractions


Location:
601 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-685-5225


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7 B&O Railroad Museum - Baltimore

The B&O Railroad Museum brings alive the magic and adventure of railroading every day! This historic national landmark allows you to see, touch, hear and explore the most important railroad collection in America. Start your journey with a visit today!


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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490


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Featured Places
College Park Aviation Museum exterior
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Location:
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr
College Park, MD 20740
Port Discovery Children's Museum
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Location:
35 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
Chesapeake Children's Museum interior
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Location:
25 Silopanna Rd
Annapolis, MD 21403
Children at Rosehill Manor Park
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Location:
1611 N. Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
Lighthouse
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Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
Maryland Science Center
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Location:
601 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21230
Round House at the B&O Railroad Museum
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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
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