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Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum, Poughkeepsie

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MHCM is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that promote play and early learning, the museum welcomes over 70,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, Rivertown, The Science Center @ MHCM, Imagination Playground, My Backyard Adventure, and The Children's Garden @ MHCM. The museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs, and is a popular location for birthday parties as well as weddings and other private functions in its outdoor riverfront pavilion.

MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park.

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).
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  • It is such a fun place for kids....My then 8 year old and twin 3 year olds spent the whole summer of 2019 there. It is educational, good exercise, safe and clean. I highly recommend! 
    It is such a fun place for kids....My then 8 year old and twin 3 year olds spent the whole summer of 2019 there. It is educational, good exercise, safe and clean. I highly recommend!  more »
  • My grandchildren had a great time at this museum in Poughkeepsie. We spent about 3 hrs trying the various exhibits. Outside we had a great picnic lunch overlooking the Hudson River. 
    My grandchildren had a great time at this museum in Poughkeepsie. We spent about 3 hrs trying the various exhibits. Outside we had a great picnic lunch overlooking the Hudson River.  more »
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  • It’s a small but entertaining place for little kids (I would say especially for 7 and under age group). Any older may be bored pretty quickly. The 1st floor had a play town set up on one side (fire truck, kitchen area, grocery store area and mechanics area). The the other side had a indoor playground and large wooden train track set-up, the best thing my kids enjoyed for quite some time were these air tunnels where you funnel small colored handkerchiefs through. The 2nd floor, was definitely for the slightly older kids with all the cool science stations and a larger area for exploring and hands on activities. All area seemed to be working and clean and sorted nicely. There was no food/cafe but they had vending machines and an area to sit and eat if you bring your own. It was a little pricey for what it is but all in all my kids enjoyed it! We stayed about 2-3 hrs.
  • Came here during a weekday for my birthday as a fun mom-son day date and it was super cute! Very happy they participate in the museums for all program also! A few of the exhibits were broken but my son had a wonderful time! We will definitely visit again! It was a bit crowded for a weekday, but still a lot of fun!

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