Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

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About us

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.
The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning.

The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is a hands-on, interactive learning environment designed for children 1-10 years old. The museum offers exhibits, programs and productions focused on early childhood, science, art, literacy and culture to more than 100,000 visitors per year. Plays for and by children are staged in our Dress Up Theatre regularly (check our website for details about the next production) and enjoyed by audiences young and old.

Three floors of exhibits allow plenty of room to explore and discover. Discover Our Town on our first floor, where kids can play dozens of different roles in our mini-community. They can save the day in our fire truck, milk a cow or count eggs in our farm, shop for healthy foods at the market, or pull in the catch of the day on our lobster boat. Our first floor also features a toddler park for our youngest visitors, a ball exhibit exploring the science of motion, and rotating exhibits in the Big Gallery. Our "Dinotracks" exhibit is here until January 2010 - it includes real fossils, interactive dino games, and much more! "What About Whales?" will open at the end of January 2010, featuring a life-sized model of a humpback whale that visitors can enter and explore.

On the second floor, visit the Discovery Woods exhibit, where you can climb Mt. Kid-ta-din, pack-a-backpack, build your own shelter, make a splash in Cascade Stream, visit the Ranger Station, and identify leaves and animals you would find in the Maine woods. The We Are Maine exhibit is a hands-on encounter designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of Maine's diverse communities. Our domed space shuttle is equipped with space suits and guided star shows led by our educators.

Downstairs, imagination reigns! Kids can try out our working puppet theatre, or get into dress-up costumes and tell their story on our stage - with curtains, sound effects, and working flood lights! After the show, they can stop by Coco's Diner, where they can scoop some play ice cream or try out the pretend milkshake machine!

In the warmer months, our backyard is open, featuring oversize instruments, a castle... and a HUGE pirate ship with a working brig!

Inquire at the front desk about guided tours of our Camera Obscura. Visitors old and young will marvel at this exhibit, which offers a panoramic view of the city - from inside a room with no windows!

For more information and details about upcoming events and programming, check out our website!



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Phone: 207-828-1234

Fax: 207-828-5726

142 Free Street, PO Box 4041, Portland, ME, 04101, US

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