Think your infant or toddler is too little for a museum? Think again. There are many museums in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area that have special exhibits and rooms designed to educate and entertain babies and toddlers.
The following museums have fun and interesting exhibits and events for children of all ages, as well as adults, but these museums will be especially fun and educational for your baby or toddler.
Information updated May 2019
Museums to visit with babies
National Building Museum
The National Building Museum has a room called The Building Zone meant for children ages 2-6. Kids can build a tower or brick wall, look at an architecture picture book, play with toy construction trucks, explore a “green” playhouse, and dress up like a builder. Work Play Build is an exhibit appropriate for all ages, where you and your little one can enjoy playing with foam blocks and build an entire virtual wall.
401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Admission: Building Zone Only – $3 per person ages 3 and up; General Admission – $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-17) and seniors, Free for children younger than 2.
Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center features The Kids Room, a special room for 0- to 8-year-olds, where kids can send boats down the river channel in water play, operate the fish cam in the submarine, dress up like a turtle, and send messages through a pneumatic tube on the ceiling. There is also a room for kids under 2 called Room to Grow where the littlest visitors can crawl around squishy waterbeds and play with big soft blocks.
601 Light St., Baltimore.
Admission: Prices range from $24.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids (ages 3-12), $23.95 for seniors.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
The Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been closed for construction since early year, but the full museum reopens on June 14 with awesome new fun for kids of all ages!
35 Market Place, Baltimore.
Admission: $14.95 for ages 2 and up. Free for children younger than 2.
B&O Railroad Museum
The B&O Railroad museum holds Toddler Time on the first and third Wednesday of each month through October. Children can listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, and take a kiddie train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville. Toddler Time is recommended for ages 2 through 5.
901 West Pratt St., Baltimore.
Admission: $18 for adults, $12 for children ages 2 to 12, $16 for seniors.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
The Chesapeake Children’s Museum has designed their museum to be entirely baby and toddler friendly. Infant and toddler activities occur at the same time as activities for older children so that all family members are entertained. The theatre room has costumes in all sizes, and art and story time classes are held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis.
Admission: $5 for ages 1 and older.