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Maryland Science Center
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The planetarium, IMAX Theater and dinosaur exhibit are among the most popular attractions at this hands-on museum focused on nature and technology.

The Maryland Science Center (MSC) is a family-oriented museum with experiments to watch and take part in. Three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, IMAX Theater and an observatory take visitors to the far reaches of the universe, deep inside the human body and back to a time when dinosaurs roamed Earth.

The MSC was established by the Maryland Academy of Science and Literature, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S. This private scientific society was founded in 1797, but much of their early collection was lost during a fire. In 1976 the society’s interactive center, combined with the Davis Planetarium, opened to the public. The atrium lobby and IMAX Theater followed a decade later.

The science center aims to teach children about the workings of nature and technology. Become a paleontologist and touch a real triceratops skull in the field labs of Dinosaur Mysteries. Discover what DNA looks like in the Wet Lab and investigate human organs at the BodyLink exhibit. Children up to 8 years old can splash around with water in the Kids Room. Bring your toddlers to Room to Grow, where they can crawl among soft toys and objects. Teens and adults can get a deeper understanding of chemical reactions and optical illusions during live experiments on the Demo Stage.

It’s worth the extra fee to watch a nature movie on a huge 3-D screen in the IMAX Theater. On Friday nights you can head upstairs to study the universe through the museum’s telescope in the free observatory, if the weather permits.

Maryland Science Center in Harborplace is closed on Mondays. The center is not hugely exciting for older kids, but it is a good option if you need an educational destination on a rainy day. Due to its Inner Harbor location, parking is paid and on-street spaces are limited. Hop on the Charm City Circulator shuttle bus to get there for free.

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
4 out of 5
202 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
The price is $110 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
4.5 out of 5
550 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is $159 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
4 out of 5
300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
The price is $110 per night from May 18 to May 18
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3.5 out of 5
700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD
The price is $122 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Comfort Inn & Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor
3 out of 5
120 E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD
The price is $79 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
4 out of 5
401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
The price is $115 per night from May 25 to May 25
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Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
3.5 out of 5
300 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
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207 E Redwood St, Baltimore, MD
The price is $76 per night from May 18 to May 18
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The price is $93 per night from May 18 to May 18
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