Best Science Exhibits In Baltimore

August 11, 2014 8:00 AM

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There are different types of sciences and much information can be learned from each one. The Baltimore area has both traditional and non-traditional science exhibits that can provide visitors with lots of knowledge. It does not matter if you like Biology, Environmental, Physical Science, Botany, etc., there is something to be found in the Baltimore area to pique your scientific interests. Here are a few places to check out when you are in the area and looking to expand your scientific knowledge.
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Cylburn Arboretum (Credit, Vicki Lawson)

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 367-2217

The picturesque grounds of Cylburn Arboretum provide serenity as well as a wealth of information about plants and birds. The 200-acre site features a formal garden and museum. In addition, there are several memorial gardens on the premises. The greenhouses, along with the classroom space, provide a great opportunity to learn about the flora present at the arboretum. There is also an aquaponics focus being sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future program. The arboretum has several projects underway and has many opportunities for volunteers. One program is the University of Maryland’s master gardeners in which students earn credit by learning horticultural skills and volunteering. A lovely forest provides the backdrop for the walking trails on the grounds of the arboretum.

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Maryland Science Center (Credit, Vicki Lawson)

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 685-2370

Most noted for its permanent exhibits, the Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, contains interactive and hands-on displays for a variety of science topics. Visitors can learn about space, electricity, kinetic energy, sealife, the human body and dinosaurs. In one area, children can even put on lab coats and enter a world of make-believe as they pretend to be scientists. The Maryland Science Center is also home to the IMAX theater, in which visitors can view 3-D films in surround sound to learn about various topics featured throughout the year. The Davis Planetarium, also located within the Science Center, is an excellent place to learn about outer space as it takes visitors from day to night to explore the stars and planets. To enhance instruction, there are special programs for educators and students.

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Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 396-7102

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the go-to place to learn about animals and their habitats. The animals on display include reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds. There are special programs for students and educators as well as a petting zoo. Visitors can also learn about the conservation programs available through the zoo’s various educational and outreach initiatives.

Related: Best Permanent Exhibits In Baltimore

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National Aquarium (Credit, Vickie Lawson)

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3800

For people with an interest in Biology, the study of life, the National Aquarium is a great place for children and adults to learn about life under the sea and in the tropical rainforests. With its vast collections, the Aquarium’s main goal is to help attendees discover something new about animals, their colorings and habitats. There are special programs and outreach opportunities for students and teachers as well as conservation initiatives.

Related: Maryland Science Center Features Insect Exhibit

Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on

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