Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
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Iin the Arts District of downtown Portland, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities for children and families to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.
Coco's is a diner replica where kids prepare pretend sodas, shakes and assorted foods.
A fully-functioning town in kid scale includingToddler Park, Fire Truck, Car Repair Shop, Farm, Animal Hospital, Post Office,ATM and Shipyard.
LL Bear's Discovery Woods
Try out our kid-sized rock wall, float a boat all the way down Cascade Stream, and pack one of our back packs with the day's provisions and set up camp.
Become a ranger and stop into the forest to identify plants and animals native to Maine.
Tree to Timber
Tree to Timber shows kids the process of sustainable forestry.
A space shuttle replica complete with astronaut uniforms and a life-size cock pit equipped with all the switches. Kids choose the flight plan - blast-off, orbit or re-entry.
Tidepool Touch Tank
The intertidal zone of the ocean comes alive at the Tidepool Touch Tank! On any given day, a myriad of inhabitants collected from Casco Bay is visible to onlookers.
Did you know that one of the most amazing panoramic views of the city of Portland is available from a room without any windows? Explore the world of light and optics in our focus room, and learn about how our eyes see light, the origins of photography and more in a guided tour.
The Dress-Up Theatre stage and puppet theatre are where many a fairy tale has come to life. Complete with imaginative costumes for young actors, sound and light booth for the young technician and story board for the young director!
Discounted parking is available at the indoor municipal parking garage on Free Street, located one block past the Museum and the Holiday Inn parking garage on Spring Street. Be sure to bring your ticket in for us to stamp!
Metered parking is available in two hour increments on Free Street and on the streets around the Museum. Meters are $1.00 per hour and take nickels, dimes and quarters. And if you come to visit us on Sunday they're FREE!
On extremely busy days, you might find the discounted garages full. Try the Gateway Garage on High Street, just a 4 minute walk from the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine!
Winter Hours (Labor Day thru Memorial Day)
Summer Hours (Memorial Day thru Labor Day)
Open the First Friday night of each month from 5-8pm. Admission on First Friday night is $1 per person (members and children under age one are free). Year round.
Open all week long during Maine public school vacation weeks
Monday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm
OPEN from 10am-5pm to the public on the following holidays:
◦Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
General Admission: $11.50 per person (under age 18 months free)
Payment Options: Cash, check and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)
Group Rates are available.
Camera Obscura only: $4.00
142 Free Street, Portland, ME, 04101 map
From I-295 N or I-295 S:
◦Take exit 6-A (Forest Ave. South).
◦Bear right at the lights onto Rt. 77 South and proceed through the park.
◦Continue up the hill (Rt. 77/State Street).
◦At the top of the hill take a left onto Congress Street.
◦Proceed 2/10 mile, cross High Street and immediately bear right onto Free Street.
◦The Children's Museum of Maine is on the right, immediately after the Portland Museum of Art.
- Discounted parking available at the indoor municipal parking garage on Free Street, one block past the Museum.
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