10 Kids’ Museums in and Around Maryland

Families exploring Port Discovery's three floor Museum, including a multi-story climbing exhibit, slide and giant ship.

Looking for some fun things to do with your kids in Maryland? We’ve compiled a list of 10 kids’ museums in and around Maryland, starting with yours truly!

Children’s museums are valuable for children. Exhibits are designed specifically for age-appropriate immersive experiences that allow your child to experiment, make mistakes, learn and play! Most children’s museums also create special activities, events, and programs to make the learning even more fun and interactive.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is located in Baltimore, Maryland- right by the inner harbor! With easily accessible parking and three floors of interactive exhibits, it’s a perfect spot for you and your kiddos! Address: 35 Market Place | Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park

This museum is only open at select times throughout the year. On the Rose Hill Manor property, there is a manor house, icehouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection and barns. The children’s museum offers programs and interactive experiences that teach children the history of early life in America. Address: 1611 N. Market St. Frederick, MD 21701

National Children’s Museum

The National Children’s Museum is located in DC. The museum is geared towards children ages birth-12 and has eight permanent exhibits. Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004

Children’s Museum of Richmond

The Children’s Museum of Richmond has two locations. One is in downtown Richmond, and one is in Chesterfield. Both locations have plenty of exhibits and lots of fun things to do! Addresses: 2626 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 and 6629 Lake Harbour Dr.
Midlothian, VA 23112.

Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth

The Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. It has two floors of interactive exhibits. There are also camps and various workshops offered. Address: 221 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, located in Pittsburgh, PA, has nine permanent exhibits for you and your little ones to explore. They also offer summer camps. Bonus—if you’re hungry from exploring and playing, they have a café right in the museum. Address: 10 Children’s Way
Allegheny Square Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have two floors of fun with lots of exhibits and things to explore! Become a member or just visit for a day. Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA

expERIEnce Children’s Museum

expERIEnce Children’s Museum is located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The museum has over 50 different exhibits that you and your little ones can explore. expERIEnce Children’s Museum is targeted towards children ages birth-8. Address: 420 French Street, Erie, PA 16507

Crayola Experience

Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, the Crayola Experience has 27 interactive attractions. Become a character on your own coloring page, create your own Crayola crayon, learn how crayons are made, and more. Address: 30 Centre Square Easton, PA 18042

Delaware Children’s Museum

The Delaware Children’s Museum is located in Wilmington, DE. With their own free parking lot, interactive exhibits, and fun programs, your family is sure to have a blast! Address: 550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801

If you’re thinking about visiting a children’s museum, consider getting a membership! Many of the museums on this list are members of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). Members to ACM museums get nice benefits. For example, both the Family Plus and Contributing Memberships at Port Discovery provide a 50% general admission discount for up to six guests at other ACM member museums. Many other ACM museums provide similar benefits!

We hope you consider visiting and becoming a member of one (or more) of these incredible kids’ museums!