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Maryland Science Center, Baltimore

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Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, opened to the public in 1976. It includes three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. It was one of the original structures that drove the revitalization of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from its industrial roots to a thriving downtown destination. In 1987, an IMAX theater was added, but the museum continued to show its age as the end of the 20th century approached. In 2004, a large addition to the property was opened, and the modernized hands-on exhibits now include more than two dozen dinosaur skeletons. Subjects that the center displays include physical science, space, Earth science, the human body, and blue crabs that are native to the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Science Center won a 2006 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Kids." In 2008 the Maryland Science Center was named one of the “10-Best Science Centers for Families” by Parent's magazine.
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  • Really nice place to go with whole the family. We love all the exhibits, especially the interactive ones. Something for everyone here. The activities for the children were great the last time we...  more »
  • We went there to see what's up and it was awesome decently will be good with kids but I was solo and enjoyed it.  more »
  • It's great for kids, and I enjoy it as an adult. We take our kids age four through seven, and they love how everything is interactive. The place is huge, and it's great for a day visit or a couple hours. I look forward to taking my little ones when they're a little older, too. It seems best for ages 5 to 12. We enjoyed a bubble show when we went as well as the planetarium that has several different shows every day.
  • Our visit to the science center was the favorite of our whole trip! We showed up after lunch and it was fairly quiet even on a weekend. Our girls just loved all of the interactive exhibits. We were surprised how long we were able to spend! Almost three hours! We did a show at the planetarium too which was very informative! Our girls loved the science experiments in the science lab too. It was such a great day!

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