Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum
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Science MuseumsChildren's Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum is the ideal destination for families with children. With exhibits that promote play and early learning, the Museum welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, Science Revealed, a Science Center, Imagination Playground, and a Children's Garden. The Museum also features weekly drop-in educational programs. The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park. The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tarpgirl
Kansas City, MO63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
It is such a fun place for kids....My then 8 year old and twin 3 year olds spent the whole summer of 2019 there. It is educational, good exercise, safe and clean. I highly recommend!
Written February 10, 2022
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Brenda S
Poughkeepsie, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
We took our friends who were visiting from out of town to the museum. What fun! The museum has recently introduced a new space for babies that is away from the hustle, bustle and foot traffic of the rest of the museum. As a mom (and an early childhood educator) with a 8 month old, I found it quite clever how this space encouraged parent-child interaction and incorporated different colors, textures and landscape elements to encourage movement and gross motor development in infants. My friends' kids were a bit older (4 and 6 1/2) and while they enjoyed the creative play areas downstairs, they really had a blast with the hands-on exhibits upstairs. The math exhibit was impressive. It introduced math through a very creative and playful lens that was fun for both kids and adults. This is not a glitzy, big city museum, but it is a great community asset and a wonderful destination for families with young children.
Written March 17, 2013
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KAZ13068
Freeville, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
We visited here when my nephew was small, and I thought "eh." Now it's full of hands-on fun stuff that seems to have more of a theme and plan. I could have used a place like this when my daughter was 4--there really aren't enough cold-weather hideouts where learning and fun are both possible. I have high hopes for this place now.
Written February 4, 2013
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Christine K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Save your money!! Let me start off by saying that I have been taking my daughter there for years, since she was born, and always loved the museum. I recently took my 9 year old daughter there and the whole museum has changed. While it used to have a couple of exhibits pertaining to the Revolutionary War and the Hudson Valley's strong connection to it, someone thought the community might be better served by replacing this exhibit, and several others, in favor of the new and controversial Common Core Standards. It is no longer a children's "museum" and more of a preschool/pre-k Common Core readiness program. They used to have some pretty cool interactive mannequins that recited the Declaration of Independence and a portion of it on the wall where kids could sign their name - GONE. There was horse that kids could ride and take the ride of Sybil Luddington - GONE. The submersible that contained fish tanks that housed fish indigenous to the Hudson River, broken AGAIN. The solar exhibit (which my daughter loved) also GONE. All of the exhibits for older children have been replaced with computers hooked up to computer games teaching Common Core. There are several exhibits teaching the metric system. We left after about 45 minutes because my daughter told me that she got enough of that in school and didn't want to spend her free time doing what her entire class hates in school. I was wondering why when I pulled into the parking lot, I saw very few cars in the parking lot. It used to be packed. I now know why. Don't waste your money or your time.
Written July 13, 2014
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The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is best for families with young children ages 0-6 (which is the core audience for small children's museums nationwide). Through our exhibits and educational programs we focus on three areas that are of high importance to our target audience: school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building. We have been actively and intentionally replacing old, worn and broken exhibits (including those mentioned in this review) with new and vibrant ones that are more age-appropriate for young families. If you have little kids, you will love it. I invite you to check us out!
Written July 15, 2014
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elephantdragonfruit
Stormville, New York, USA196 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
We go here frequently only because I have a passport program card giving me access to many children's museums free of charge. I am always disappointed by this place. Pieces to displays are always missing or broken. Some interactive exhibits don't work. I'm hoping it changes for the better soon. Also, the mammoth display is biased toward the old earth theory.
Written September 3, 2014
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ssh217
ssh21746 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012
We were excited to stop by the Children's Museum with our 2-year old to get out of the house. It was much smaller on the outside than I thought it would be (converted colonial), but we were more disappointed when we walked inside. The entry fee seems a little pricey for what you get (both children--all ages--and adults are $7.50). I was surprised it was called a museum. It is really just an indoor playground. The main level has a separate area with toys for children under three and there are different themed (store, classroom, fire house) structures with toys adjacent. Upstairs is where the "museum" would be? There is a cool mastodon skeleton which my son really enjoyed but that was really the one of the only things fitting for a museum. The other area had some musical instruments (not much more than you might have in your own house), there was a pulley system and a structure that allows kids to release a ball and watch it fight against gravity, a model sailboat and an area that looks like a submarine with one fish and a fishing game. We spent the most time on the fire engine but were in and out in 30 minutes. I really expected more than an indoor playground. We will not be back.
Written April 3, 2013
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Ja B
Delaware117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
One, three and six year olds all found plenty to do that kept them learning. The science center was as impressive as the play stations. I have experienced many children's museums as a teacher and parent. This one was one of the best!
Written July 22, 2019
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DannyD81
Lodi, NJ316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The Children's Museum is a nice spot to spend an hour with your little ones. The museum is nice, but small, and it's priced just right. Probably most appropriate for children 4 and under.
My son is four, and I think in another year or so he would be too big for it. There are attractions for older kids, but most are geared towards younger children.
Written July 1, 2018
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Diana G
Chester, NY55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
I can start by saying that my three little kids (2,4,4) really had a great time and it was definitely appropriate for their age. Thankfully it wasn’t crowded even though it was a rainy day, because it is a small place and it would not have been enjoyable if there were too many kids.

I felt that the $9 admission price for adults and children was too steep. I’d prefer to pay more for the children and less for adults as most of the time the adults were just standing around watching their kids. Even though they encourage adults to get involved, it’s still a waste of money bc most activities are for the kids. Definitely take advantage of the free passes offered at some libraries and then give your own donation when you get there.

I also felt the place was outdated and many of the play areas had pieces missing or scattered in different rooms. The top floor had a lot of engineering spaces but no instructions on how to put some things together. The wonder dome had a robot but no one knew how to use it.

While the staff was very friendly, they just hovered around the front desk. There was not one staff member to regulate what was going on upstairs. As I stated, thankfully it wasn’t crowded and parents payed attention to their children bc I feel like it has a potential for chaos with no staff member to supervise the situation.

Overall, the children had fun and that’s what it’s all about. Glad we went and would recommend for people with little children but likely won’t be returning
Written May 20, 2018
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HBYani624
Kingston, NY239 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
My daughter was graduating a year early than scheduled and I wanted to show her the most support, love, and celebration. Location would play a big part. It would have to be a great space for pictures, dancing and all different ages. Everyone would have their own experience to enjoy the party and the natural amenities of the outdoors. I pick the Pavilion at the children museum of Poughkeepsie New York. Even though I learned after inquiring about the venue that it was very pricy for the 4 hour rental along with the deposit, I still planned to use this space. After meeting with the lady that was in charge of event planning and her going over the pavilion rules and guidelines intensively. I felt like this was gonna be a great experience until the emails came. Saying the same thing over and over again. Then the phone calls came next saying the same thing. Mind you all before the deadlines. I had to show her the decorations at the venue before I brought them to the venue that is a shell of steal beams with a concrete flooring.
On the day of the event that I talked to her previously what my plans was...(recap: Going to the graduation and returning to the graduation celebration that would be underway serving food and family and friends enjoying the music and talking and catching up.) The lady from the museum calls me during my daughter graduation. I didn't answer and had to text her. Is there a problem? She said no, just was concerned with timing. I assured her it's was going as planned and everything was fine. I knew what terms I had agreed to. The lady was helpful on the lines of her doing her job making sure the lights and bathroom was working. I feel as if no grown person needs to be micromanage. Micromanaging is basically harassment.
Written July 10, 2017
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