Maryland Science Center
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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This 200 plus year-old Maryland Science Center is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country. Originally a meeting place for amateur local scientists to discuss papers, the museum has transformed into one of the most visited attractions of the Inner Harbor. Boasting interactive exhibits for children, a planetarium for astronomy gurus, and giant dinosaur replicas for budding paleontologists, the museum offers plenty of activity for its visitors.
Brace yourself for the crowds. The science center is almost always buzzing with spectators. Most recent museum-goers say it's worth a visit anyway, but caution there are steep ticket prices. One TripAdvisor user says "I enjoyed this place, and so did my kids. Lots to do [and there are] many attractions to see. It was just pricey - $53 for a family of 4."
One of the most popular parts of the center is the IMAX Theater, which shows a wide range of movies, from science-related flicks to more mainstream blockbusters. General adult admission prices are $14.95; however entrance to the IMAX Theater and the planetarium costs $18.95. Discounts are available for kids under age 12 and seniors. The museum operating hours vary, depending on time of year. Generally, the museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, but hours fluctuate on the weekends and during the summer months. Consult the museum's official website for their current hours.