Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine

142 Free Street

Mission Statement:

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.


Jayson Myers

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

One of my favorite children’s museums of the six or so I’ve been to. Parents/caretakers seem to actually be paying attention to their children. Lovely, well-designed, locally-appropriate areas—a farmers market, a lobster boat, a forest area. Also a great exhibit on the Vietnamese new year(as of 12/17) that my 19mo loved. There is an area for small toddlers/babies but unlike a lot of other kids museums we didn’t feel like we had to stick to that area for our son to avoid getting run over/finding something interesting. Really well done.

ethan bixler

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Great staff and a good place to spend a couple of hours with kids. I went with my 10 year old and 3 year old. $100 for a year family membership is a good deal. You can bring food and eat downstairs, parking can be tough but nothing a little patience or walk doesn't solve.

Giuliana Motyczka

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

I'm a nanny and I absolutely love this place. The infant area is safe and clean, filled with lots of different things for your little one to engage with. Staff is helpful and really nice.

Matt Kennedy

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

We love the Children's Museum and have been members there going on 8 years now. The staff is curteous, and the rotating exhibits are usually engaging for the kids. I will say that over the past 2-3 years the more permanent exhibits have gotten a bit ragged, and it seems like since they announced they were going to be moving to Thompson's Point, they've replaced the more activity-based exhibits with stuff that kids under 6 (i.e. kids with limited or no reading comprehension) have little-or-no interest in as they not-so "hands on." Maybe this is a cost-saving measure, but there's definitely a lot less for kids to DO than there was say 2-3 years ago.

Brianna Baker

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

We love this place! The Children's Museum is a great place too play and learn with your little ones that are 10 and under. The museum is full of hands on play and lots of useful little bits of information in each exhibit.