Port Discovery Children’s Museum unveils cargo ship exhibit with support from Ports America Chesapeake

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This summer, Port Discovery Children’s Museum reopened its doors to its newest exhibit, The Port, which highlights the importance of the Port of Baltimore to the region. The exhibit was developed through the support of private and public financial commitments, including a $50,000 grant from Ports America Chesapeake and Steamship Trade Association Charitable Legacy.

“People from around the world come together at the Port,” said Port Discovery Vice President of Development and Communications Jennifer Bedon. “The exhibit is like a metaphor—kids across the community are playing side by side and all working together to get something from here to there.”

“Ports America Chesapeake is proud to support ‘The Port’ exhibit at Port Discovery,” said Ports America Chesapeake Vice President Bayard Hogans. “We love that both parents and kids will learn more about the Port’s impact in the state and the idea that it may inspire the next generation of engineers, marine superintendents and stevedores.”

Located in a prime location at the center of the museum, The Port exhibit explores maritime industries and their impact on local, regional and global activities. On a life-size sculpture of a cargo ship titled S.S. Friend Ship, kids are encouraged to use their imagination to become captains, engineers, sailors, crane operators and more. Children can imagine themselves as engineers in the mock engine room, which includes the tools and components found in a real marine engine room. Additional features include a mock gantry crane lifting lightweight storage containers that helps children improve motor skills, and four different engine component activities that focus on problem-solving skills and teamwork.

PAC furthered its commitment to the museum through a $12,500 sponsorship of $2 Family Fun Night events this summer. Through this donation, families throughout Maryland will receive $16 off the original ticket price for entry.

“[PAC’s] philanthropic support is so important to allow people from this community to come through these doors,” Bedon said.

Through Port Discovery’s new exhibit, The Port, children learn the value of the Port of Baltimore and how professionals work together to move goods. The exhibit is part of a $10.5 million renovation for Port Discovery, the museum's first major makeover since 1998.

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