Maryland Science Center
Baltimore, United States
Fri: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sat, Sun: 10 AM to 6 PM
The Maryland Science Center anchors the southwestern corner of the Inner Harbor area. Opened in 1976, it was part of the original concept for revitalizing Inner Harbor.
Like most science themed museums, the Maryland Science Center educates in an entertaining way. While most of the exhibits are aimed at the 10 to 15 year olds in the audience, their presentation will also appeals to adults in the group. Pay attention, you may learn something.
Newton’s Alley is one of the more popular exhibits. Here visitors apply Sir Isaac Newton’s laws to everyday life, in ways that are unexpected. Observe sound (vibrations in water) and play a stringless harp. Dinosaur Mysteries is also a favorite with two full dinosaur skeletons on display alongside lizards and toads, their contemporary cousins. Aspiring archeologists will want to head for the simulated dinosaur dig and pull out a T Rex fossil from the sand. For some juvenile bathroom homor, go to BodyLink and find out what causes all that gas.
The Science Center has a full planetarium on site. Shows include the constellations that will appear that night and a Sesame Street based space show. On Friday nights, the observatory is open, free and allows guests to view the heavens through their telescopes.
The Science Center validates parking at two nearby lots, offering visitors a discount. The surface lot at Conway and Light Street is $15 flat fee with validation. The lot at the Intercontinental Hotel is discounted 25% with validation.
Light rail and MARC Trains stop at Camden Yards, only four blocks away from the Science Center.