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Baltimore’s Top 7 Museum Experiences for Kids

Whoopee cushion bench in What Makes Us Smile? at AVAM
Photo by Shawn Levin

American Visionary Art Museum

From a 15-foot pink poodle kinetic sculpture to exterior walls covered completely in recycled mosaic, the American Visionary Art Museum is filled with spectacular and quirky exhibits that will delight both adults and kids. Afterwards, swing by the “Slideshow” gift shop and let kids explore the hodgepodge of novelty art, toys, books and more. 800 Key Highway; avam.org

Baltimore Museum of Art

This internationally renowned museum is home to 95,000 pieces of art, including work from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s website offers creative activities for parents to do with kids while exploring the exhibitions, such as acting out a painting. 10 Art Museum Drive; artbma.org


B&O Railroad Museum

Little conductors will love seeing various locomotives up close. On weekends, kids are invited to come visit the Choo Choo Blue Kid Zone to hear railroad stories and partake in an interactive educational activity. Then, families can take a ride on the Mile One Express together or have the kids jump aboard the Happy Train for their own adventures. 901 W. Pratt St.; borail.org

Maryland Science Center

Adults and kids can dive into all things STEM at the Maryland Science Center. Excavate dinosaur fossils at “Dinosaur Mysteries,” conduct your own science experiments at “SciLab,” create a new invention at “The Shed,” discover the solar system at the Davis Planetarium and more. 601 Light St.; mdsci.org

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Port Discovery uses a play-to-learn philosophy to educate kids while inspiring curiosity and creativity. The museum features three floors of interactive exhibits and play areas for kids of every age, including the brand new “Animationland,” which takes children through the world of animation and storytelling. 35 Market Place; portdiscovery.org

Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures

As America’s first and only children’s museum dedicated solely to African history and cultures, the Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures offers a unique opportunity for kids of every background to come together and learn about a historically underrepresented subject. Through interactive exhibits, activities and educational classes, kids are exposed to the incredible art, traditions, countries and ethnic groups that make up the African continent. 4330 Pimlico Road; sankofakids.org

Kids learn about firefighting at the 2019 Steam Day at The Fire Museum of Maryland. | Provided Photo

The Fire Museum of Maryland

If your little one can’t get enough of firefighters and firetrucks, they’ll love an excursion to the Fire Museum of Maryland. The museum offers an array of exhibits including a world-class collection of firefighting vehicles from historic hand engines to the modern-day vibrant red truck. Through educational tours, an extensive collection of fire gear, a working Fire Alarm Office and more, kids can learn all about the history of firefighting in America from 1806 to today. 1301-R York Road, Lutherville; firemuseummd.org

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