The centerpiece exhibit in Portland’s kids’ museum is its camera obscura, a room-size “camera” located on the top floor of this stout, columned downtown building next to the art museum. Children gather around a white table in a dark room, where they see magically projected images that include cars driving on city streets, boats plying the harbor, and seagulls flapping by. This never fails to enthrall, providing a memorable lesson in the workings of lenses. That’s just one attraction; there are plenty more, from a simulated supermarket checkout counter to a firehouse pole to a mock space shuttle that kids pilot from a high cockpit.
Portland ME › Attraction
Children's Museum of Maine
142 Free St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Tues–Sun 10am–5pm (open until 8pm 1st Fri of each month) Transportation Next to the Portland Museum of Art Phone 207/828-1234 Prices Admission $10, or $2 from 5 to 8pm 1st Fri of each month. Web site Children's Museum of Maine
Map142 Free St. Portland ME
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