This science-based kids' attraction has been on Baltimore's waterfront forever. But it's no dinosaur—the Maryland Science Center is constantly reinventing itself with new exhibits and updates to old favorites. The planetarium, long a must-see, now uses digital technology to make the heavens sing. Hands-on exhibits have always been a mainstay here but The Shed takes that paradigm to new levels with wonderful projects, supported by an eager staff (recently kids and their parents were given the opportunity to make objects that flew). Exhibits are spread over three floors and include "Dinosaur Mysteries," displays about the Hubble Space Telescope, and a five-story-tall IMAX theater so popular the MSC screens films for the public on weekends. The Crosby Ramsey Observatory is free to the public on Fridays 7 to 10:30pm.
Maryland Science Center
601 Light St.
Our Rating Neighborhood South side of Inner Harbor Hours April–late June Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm; late June–Sept Sun–Thurs 10am–6pm, Fri–Sat 10am–8pm; Oct–Jan Tues–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm; Jan–March Tues–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm Transportation Water taxi stop nearby; on Charm City Circulator Purple and Banner routes Phone 410/685-5225 Prices Planetarium: $17 adults, $16 seniors, $14 children 3–12; planetarium plus IMAX film: $21 adults, $20 seniors, $18 children 3–12; special exhibits additional charge Amenities
Web site Maryland Science Center
Map601 Light St. Baltimore
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