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Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine

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Grandchild tested -- All Thumbs Up!!

This is a terrific place to set the kids loose for a fun and educational outing. We visited with... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portland, Maine
Fab place for toddlers visiting Portland

We were able to use our Boston Children's Museum membership for a discount on admission while... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
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Whether climbing a mountain, entering a bear's den, role-playing crewmembers on a 40-foot schooner or manning a space shuttle, children will have a blast at this highly interactive museum. Most of the museum is geared to children aged one to 11, but...more
142 Free St, Portland, ME 04101-3961
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a terrific place to set the kids loose for a fun and educational outing. We visited with our 5- and 8-year-old grands. They explored the top 3 floors. Their favorite spots were the fire truck/station and the 3rd floor color-light-camera obscura exhibit. But,...More

Thank KurtAndWendy
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to use our Boston Children's Museum membership for a discount on admission while visiting Portland. It was a hot summer day but was still very crowded. There's no air conditioning so it felt hot and stuffy.. however, my kids did not notice...More

Thank michelskt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the long line to enter to the overcrowded interior, it was difficult to enjoy the displays. The loadspeaker announced things happening, but it was not clear when and where. While there were things for small children to do, there were just too many children...More

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our 21 month old, and he had a good time. The museum has several different areas for kids to play and learn. My son enjoyed the toddler play area and the ball area the most. He also enjoyed the little car, fire truck,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great day for our 2 daughters and our 3 1/2 and 4 year old grandsons. Wonderful day for all of them! You need to go there!

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 6 June 2018

We came here on a recent visit to Portland, ME. It was a really great children's museum - lots of good exhibits and a good layout to prevent too many kids in one place. Staff was super friendly and if your child loves fire trucks...More

Thank SMR_2
Reviewed 21 May 2018

We travel fairly often and I don't even think to reviews places in my hometown.The Children's Museum has everything to keep your children busy for hours. The balls and store are always favorites.don't forget to milk the cows. will be a fun day.

Thank ladyme1
Reviewed 19 April 2018

We visited the museum on a cold, rainy spring day and were pleasantly surprised. The museum had just the right amount of interactive exhibits and playspace for our 5 and 3 y/o kids to spend 2 hours playing and learning. The staff is wonderfull and...More

Thank Peters M
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The range of interactive items is not larg and are suitable only for the younger child say 3 to 6. A special presentation by Portland 's educational organisation on "walls and art " kept my rating at average.

Thank Tony S
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We spent two afternoons here during a one week visit to Portland. They have two floors with several themed rooms and all interactive. During the day there is a schedule of organized activities that you can choose to join. My 6 yo loved it and...More

Thank Yasmine E
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16 July 2017|
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Response from kristenmnichols | Reviewed this property |
There would be some things that would be interesting for an 8.5 yo, but the way the museum is set up, it definitely looks younger - things are small/low and most of it seems to be geared to ages 3-6. Each child is different... More
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1 August 2016|
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Response from Alysia B | Reviewed this property |
Two hours would be perfectly adequate. The star show and touch tank are really nice programs for the kids. So, you may be there a little longer to get both of those in.