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Whether climbing a mountain, entering a bear's den, role-playing crewmembers on a 40-foot schooner or manning a space shuttle, children will have a blast at this highly interactive museum. Most of the museum is geared to children aged one to 11, but...more
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142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101-3961
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Reviewed August 15, 2019

Was good, my 4 year old enjoyed the visit. Was well worth it for the day. Not sure if one can spend many days here, but one day is definitely worth it, your child will be entertained.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank vijaymun
Reviewed August 1, 2019

Best childrens museum in New England. My children love it and really that is a tribute to the care and thoughtfulness of the place and the people behind it. The theater is a big plus if you get the timing of your visit right. Great...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

Our 2 & 4 year kids had a great time exploring everything the facility had to offer. So many things to feel and touch and play with - their senses were engaged from the moment they stepped in the front door. Get there early because...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mike Y
Reviewed May 21, 2019 via mobile

We went for an interactive play doh making and staff was awesome, my 4.5 yr old loved it! The areas to play were impressive as well, she loved it!! They had a special play area for really small kids. Also had a playground.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jcn0108
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I decided to take our 20 month old toddler to the Children's Museum, which is a few minutes drive from our hotel. We parked at the Spring Street Parking Garage since we can get the parking ticket validated at the museum for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

This multilevel museum is a great place to spend time with your kids. It is busy on inclement days. My 7 year old granddaughter is a great age to enjoy most of what is offered. The parking garage which is down the street a bit...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank smurawski
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Thank goodness for this refuge for children on rainy days. We had five under tens with us and I enjoyed my two and a half hours at the museum. Very interactive and SAFE! Thank you for saving us on a rainy day in Portland.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank spome03
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

My kid liked it. It’s overpriced if your just in town visiting (vs being a “member”). My main problem with it was that it felt dirty. Lights were out and the ceiling panels looked like they had leaks. Lots of thick dust everywhere. When I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank bkct1
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Came here with a three year old and an 11 month old. Both loved it. For adults this can be a little less enjoyable. There’s an area for young children to play in that requires the removal of shoes that we truly appreciated. Our toddler...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank KamilandPatty
Reviewed July 19, 2018

This is a terrific place to set the kids loose for a fun and educational outing. We visited with our 5- and 8-year-old grands. They explored the top 3 floors. Their favorite spots were the fire truck/station and the 3rd floor color-light-camera obscura exhibit. But,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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krs10904
July 15, 2017|
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Response from kristenmnichols | Reviewed this property |
There would be some things that would be interesting for an 8.5 yo, but the way the museum is set up, it definitely looks younger - things are small/low and most of it seems to be geared to ages 3-6. Each child is different... More
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DavidH15840
July 31, 2016|
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Response from Alysia B | Reviewed this property |
Two hours would be perfectly adequate. The star show and touch tank are really nice programs for the kids. So, you may be there a little longer to get both of those in.
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