The DMV boasts plenty of museums, landmarks, planetariums, and more that appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests!
Located at the Earth and Space Science Laboratory, the Ausherman Planetarium has a 35-foot dome built to amaze and educate stargazers young and old! Not only does this Chronos Hybrid planetarium system model the night sky, but it also displays 360-degree movies.
Located on the campus of Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), the Banneker Planetarium also has a wide variety of shows and programs for students, families, and the community.
B&O Railroad Museum
The B&O Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, offers guests the opportunity to engage all their senses and explore our country’s oldest and most historic American railroad collection! Located on the museum’s Baltimore campus, this carefully selected location is regarded as the birthplace of the American Railroad. The museum features both full-size trains and model replicas. Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a real train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America!
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
Ellicott City, MD
Ellicott City Station, part of the B&O Railroad Museum, is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. As the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country, visitors enjoy many exhibits boasting original artifacts. A popular exhibit includes a 40-foot model train layout showing the original 13 miles of commercial rail track from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills, as well as a replica of the first horse-drawn passenger rail car, and a 1927 train caboose.
Brunswick Heritage Museum
The Brunswick Heritage Museum can be seen as two museums in one. On one floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived there. Recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece, complemented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900s. On another floor, you can see a 1,700-square-foot HO-Scale model railroad depicting the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision, beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward all the way to Union Station in Washington, DC.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Helping kids get closer to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland history, the Chesapeake Children’s Museum is a great stop for fun and learning. Live animals, a docked boat, theatrical costumes, nature trails, and Underground Railroad trails are just some of the activities to keep your child busy while they learn about the local environment.
Enjoy a look at the stars and sky beneath the 50-foot dome of the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center! Click here to see the wide variety of opportunities available to the public.
Goddard Space Flight Center
Activities, exhibits, and events at NASA’s Goddard Visitor Center provide inspiring and captivating educational experiences for all ages! The center demonstrates Goddard’s innovative and exciting work in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, engineering, communications, and more — giving you the opportunity to explore the universe in your own backyard!
Hagerstown Aviation Museum
See a 1953 Fairchild C-119, explore a North American AT6G Texan, or walk through a Kreider Reisner KR-31 at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum! This all-volunteer, non-profit corporation offers visitors a glimpse into more than 90 years of amazing history. It is dedicated to preserving and sharing the aviation history of Hagerstown, MD, and surrounding areas. The museum is currently only open to the public during museum events, so please visit their website for a chance to get up close to a priceless aircraft.
Howard B. Owens Science Center
Operated by the Prince George’s County Public School System, the Howard B. Owens Science Center is the largest planetarium in Maryland. It offers a variety of shows for public viewing throughout the year.
Dedicated to the “Mind of a Maker,” the KID Museum at Bethesda Metro Center is an innovative learning space, catering to present-day and future creators ages 4-14! The 28,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility integrates STEM through multiple collaborative experiences built for coding, robotics, engineering design, and hands-on learning. Encourage future generations of doers and makers through programs that foster community and connection.
Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center is a must-visit — this STEM museum encourages plenty of hands-on exploration, perfect for children and families! Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy permanent exhibits like Newton’s Alley (a kinetic, hands-on exhibit powered by you), Cells: The Universe Inside Us (zoom into your own body to see the different cells that make up your heart, brain, and bones), Dinosaur Mysteries (a landscape filled with more than one dozen life-size dinosaurs), and much more!
For young kids, the museum also has a dedicated, gated room complete with a Chesapeake Bay-themed water play area! There’s even an area for kids under two, where infants and toddlers can crawl around squishy waterbeds, look at brightly colored books, and play with big soft blocks.
The National Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums. In fact, it’s Maryland’s largest paid tourist attraction, home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats!
The Aquarium boasts a wide variety of exhibits, but visitor favorites include a multi-level tropical rain forest, the Australian Outback, and most impressively, an Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit featuring hundreds of colorful tropical fish, sharks, eels, and more inhabiting a fabricated reef in a 335,000-gallon, 13-foot-deep, open-air aquarium.
National Capital Trolley Museum
The National Capital Trolley Museum, open since 1969, not only provides a chance to learn about historic streetcars in Washington, DC, but also an opportunity to take a trolley ride in one of eleven original cars! The museum has a wide collection of streetcars, including originals from Washington, DC, American Streetcars, and International Streetcars.
National Cryptologic Museum
Fort Meade, MD
Do you have a budding code-breaker in your family? Is your family looking for a different view of historical events? Then the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum is a place you will definitely want to visit! The museum features exhibits that offer a glimpse at individuals who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense and the techniques they used, as well as a September 11th Memorial and multiple exhibits on the Cold War, computers and machines developed for use in the field, World War I, World War II, and much more.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located in the heart of historic downtown Frederick, MD, gives visitors the opportunity to learn how the innovation of Civil War medicine impacts the present day. Visitors will follow in the footsteps of soldiers and surgeons to discover the harsh conditions, personal sacrifices, and brilliant innovations of Civil War medicine, innovations that continue to save lives today.
National Museum of Health & Medicine
Silver Spring, MD
What began as the Army Medical Museum during the Civil War is now the center of a very extensive collection of objects (approximately 24,662,515!) that offers visitors a unique perspective on health, medicine, and the effects of disease on the human body. Learn about human anatomy, traumatic brain injury, biomedical engineering, and pathology, as well as innovations in facial reconstruction, surgical response, and rehabilitation. Information about age-appropriate guided tours available for groups of ten or more can be found here.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Ranking among the top children’s museums in the United States by Parents Magazine and Forbes, Port Discovery offers 80,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities designed for curious, active kids! Knowing children learn best through play, this special museum offers a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits on its three floors packed with fun.
William M. Brish Planetarium
Operated by the Washington County Public Schools System, the William M. Brish Planetarium offers the community special shows on select days; visit them online to check out all of the programs offered.
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