Discovery Station at Hagerstown

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Discovery Station at Hagerstown

Discovery Station at Hagerstown
4.5
Children's Museums
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc. is a hands-on museum that provides life-long learning experiences to thousands of children and families each year. We create an environment that stimulates curiosity for discovery, exploration, and further investigation through exhibits and programs that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) principles.
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Retiredrn365
Waynesboro, PA447 contributions
Sep 2017
What a surprise and a fun morning, the adults enjoyed themselves as much as the 4 1/2 year old did. Lots of hands o for the kids and lots of well documented exhibits for the adults.
Written November 9, 2017
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JSMetz
Hagerstown, MD8 contributions
Aug 2019
We have been enjoying Discovery Station for several years now and immediately upon our first visit became members. Everyone from the director and board members, to the tireless volunteers, pour their hearts into making this a fun, educational, and safe space for children. They continually have a line up of engaging activities and truly make learning a joyful experience for kids of ALL ages.
The different exhibits have something for everyone's interests (grocery store, robots, dinosaurs, planes, cars, construction, space, recycling, art, Discovery Town) and contain everything you need to spark creativity and imagination! We even just met a REAL astronaut, much to the delight of my 4 year old! We are excited for the upcoming enhancements (did we mention they are always finding ways to improve and expand the learning and fun?!) and look forward to many more years of making memories and expanding our horizons at Discovery! Definitely check it out next time you are in town, you will not regret it!
Written August 9, 2019
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Lauren R
Palmer, MA92 contributions
Jun 2019
My son's favorite thing was the airplane you can push buttons in and pretend to fly and the dinosaur room. He is 1.5 and loved playing in all the different rooms. There are so many themed areas to explore. Build legos, be a be veterinarian, learn about history...so much. We spent a couple hours there and probably could have spent more, but lunch and naptime were needed.
Written August 7, 2019
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Legalstorms
Stevensville, MD17 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
I have a 6 and 9 year old. Both were bored. There was nothing interactive. It was just walking around me looking at stuff that wasn’t even particularly interesting and then kids play areas with minimal play toys. A lot of things didn’t work. Maybe if your kids were really young they would play with the baby dolls and fake food in the store play area. The only good thing that the kids enjoyed was the craft area. The kids painted and made a craft with the supplies. There were lots of paint, chalk, markers and various craft supplies.
Written March 13, 2021
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heatherweh
Washington DC50 contributions
Apr 2011
I love taking my two young kids to children's museums and support community museums but I have to admit this one was rather old and run-down and had limited interest. Many of the activities that sounded amazing on the website were, I feel, inflated to attract visitors. For example, it may claim to have "digging for fossils" but upon arrival one would discover it to be a small kit on a table, such as could be purchased for a child for around $10 at a toy store. The little shopping area with toy food and carts was a big hit with my preschoolers, as was the two working toy trains. The dinosaur exhibit was very small and really didn't have much going on besides a movie about Allosaurus'. There is a 15' replica of the Titanic in a glass case that was interesting to me and my older son. There was a little airplane (perhaps its called a Cessna) they could climb in and pretend to pilot, which they did enjoy if only for a moment. There is a play area for toddlers that had some little games and blocks and a baby slide and whatnot, again limited interest even to my two-year old.

We traveled quite a ways after reading about the amazing exhibits described on the website so I was really disappointed once we arrived. I think it would be more acceptable for local families or someone who is staying in Hagerstown or driving directly through but not worth a side-trip in and of itself.
Written May 2, 2011
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Laura W
Charlottesville, VA21 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
My daughter and a friend of mine who also has 2 young children visited the Discovery Station yesterday. It was excellent! There was so much for the kids to see and do. It was educational, but in a fun way. Very hands on learning. Although there are some exhibits geared towards older children the majority would appeal to preschoolers and possibly early elementary aged kids. I loved the wide variety of exhibits: dinosaurs, a mini town with themed "buildings" (dentist, vet, firehouse, etc), a very accurate and interactive grocery store, a art "maker's space" workshop and craft area, just to name a few.

If possible avoid Saturdays and call ahead to see if any school field trips are scheduled to avoid the crowds. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Hagerstown area and have young children!
Written January 15, 2020
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Sheila N
Keedysville, MD3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Great place to visit for toddlers on up! So many different areas to explore. Race car ramp, Cessna real life Airplane, Construction Area, Little village of shops and doctors. Upstairs there is more
To explore! Worth the time and trip! My Grandson never wants to leave!
Written February 21, 2019
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Deborah A
Hagerstown, MD1 contribution
Dec 2017
Let me just tell you that Brittany Wedd is just absolutely amazing. I’ve never met anyone that is so caring and so hardworking. She shows how much she cares about the visitors and the volunteers. She’s always on her feet, talking and creating new bonds with visitors. She always puts a smile on every visitor’s face. When she’s not a busy person, She sits down and takes the time to get to know the volunteers.She also helps the volunteers outside of the museum especially with their school assignment.
As one of the volunteers, Ms. Brittany is not only a good supervisor but she’s someone I look up too. She inspires me.
I’ve been a volunteer for 3 years now and I enjoyed every moment. I learned something new and exciting every-time I volunteer. She gave me the opportunity to create new friendships, helping the community, and develop new skills as a volunteer. I hope that one day, I will find a career that i’m passionate about, just like Ms. Brittany. I am a senior in High School now I still want to continue being a volunteer at Discovery Station.
Written December 13, 2017
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WV_Robert
Fairmont, WV35 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
The Discovery Station caught our eye because of the Titanic exhibit. My 7-year-old son has become interested in the history and when he heard about the exhibit, it became a must see. The museum is easy to find, and you should be aware of the limited free parking behind the building. (Navigating to the lot can be a bit tricky, I'd suggest targeting it on your gps.)

They had a number of cool exhibits - the most notable was a Lego Robotics exhibit up front. There were also smaller exhibits on space exploration and recycling. In the back was a small area on dinosaurs. We then hit what we though was the jackpot of the visit, the transportation section. You simply must see the model of the Titanic, the accompanying memorabilia, the reconstruction of a third class cabin. For your young Titanic enthusiast, it is wonderful. For adults, take the time to read the documentation of the man who built it and the accompanying photos. There was also a partial Cessna airplane to sit in among other things,

Upstairs were rooms dedicated to model trains, the civil war, baseball and some arts and crafts - our guy was less interested and tugged us back downstairs.

While he was occupied with the robots again, I had a chance to talk to one of the volunteers about the history of the building. He was fascinating and I learned a lot myself about the safes in the bank.

At what I thought would be the close of our visit, my son discovered Dave. Dave manages the robot section and Dave invited my son to build a robot. As Dave helped others, he returned time and again to sit and teach. He explained about perspective and teamwork. He broke down an incredible complex build (45 steps) designed for a middle schooler to something that was do-able and enjoyed for a 7 year old.

Dave transformed a cool visit into an awesome one. We'll be back. Thanks, Dave!
Written June 13, 2017
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Rebecca S
Sharpsburg, MD85 contributions
Jul 2014
this is the typical Hagerstown attraction. Great concept, poor execution. Filthy carpet, run down exhibits, moldy/mildewy smell. Completely overpriced. Do not recommend.
Written June 5, 2015
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Discovery Station at Hagerstown is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM