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Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

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Address: 75 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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+1 845-471-0589
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with...

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that promote play and early learning, the museum welcomes over 62,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, River Town, a Science Center, Imagination Playground, My Backyard Adventure, and a Children's Garden. The museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum 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 supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants.

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A fun day with our toddler

We visited the children's museum with our 20 month old son. We went on a Tuesday afternoon so it wasn't busy. There are 2 floors of different types of exhibits for kids to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jessica C
Warwick, New York
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Warwick, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the children's museum with our 20 month old son. We went on a Tuesday afternoon so it wasn't busy. There are 2 floors of different types of exhibits for kids to explore. The ground floor lets kids discover a firehouse and small fire truck, a kitchen; an activity area where my son was able to make a small... More 

Thank Jessica C
Highland, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at the museum. There are great exhibits for children of all ages. My son loved playing with the trains and track downstairs. Wonderful way to keep are toddler entertained. We are definitely getting a membership which pays its way after 3 visits.

Thank salem1977
Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stopped in with our Grandson for his birthday. The museum is small but is packed with wonder. Their is a mastodon skeleton, different things such as a kitchen, fire truck, large foam tinker toy building blocks, a wall to make mazes that balls roll down, air tubes that blow scarfs and much more. Definitely worth the time and money.... More 

Thank SlowPoke59
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Lots of interesting exhibits for the whole family. A good educational stop which will enhance your knowledge.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My son's class went a few times during the school year. The staff were really good with the children. They taught the children a bunch of new and fun things. The whole class always seemed to enjoy themselves.

Thank Jae M
Highland, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by the children's museum. It is a great place to bring your child for a rainy or winters day. There are plenty of things for them to do hear. They run special programs for arts and crafts. You can join at a discounted yearly rate or just go for the day. I was delighted to see... More 

Thank stormcloud187
Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This museum isn't just for kids, its fun and interactive for adults too. Well worth the time, trust me, you'll be there for several hours and completely amused. All sort of fun activities from a bakery & fireman pit to dinosaurs and a giant light bright. This place is awesome!!

Thank letitgo20145
Dutchess County, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Great spot to bring younger children. Lots of hands on activities. Accessible to Walkway Over the Hudson. Nice walk along the river just outside. Good/easy parking. Check their website for any special activities that may be going on. A must visit for people with Nursery/Kindergarten/Early elementary age children.

Thank atraveljunky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent place for young kids. Spent the entire day there with 6 of my grandchildren and didn't here I'm bored once. Children ranged from 3-10 years old. All of them can't wait to go back

Thank Elaine S
North Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We spent hours here with a children, age 4 and 1. Had plenty to keep us busy for hours, could have stayed all day if we had the time. Lots of science and learning skills! Fun for all to enjoy.

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Lara L, General Manager at Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your feedback about your recent visit. We're thrilled you had a great time and hope to see you again soon! More 

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