discover the summer event!
Join us for a day of exploration and fun! Meet New York Times bestselling authors and award-winning children’s book illustrators, have a cuddly encounter with animal friends, participate in face painting, science experiments, free crafts, and lots more! Discover the Summer is sponsored by NY Children’s Medical Provider Services, P.C./Nuvance Health and Tompkins Mahopac Bank.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION!
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront can’t be beat as a place to see the July 4th fireworks – and MHDM offers the best view with convenient on-site parking! HURRY! Tickets are going fast and spots in our lot WILL sell out.
market open on tuesdays!
Join us Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-5:30 pm, for our weekly farmers market!
springtime is field trip time!
Please check our hours for delayed openings due to field trips.
summer sneak peak!
Looking for interesting, exciting, entertaining and educational things to do this summer? Keep an eye out for MHDM’s STEAM Summer Passport, packed full of hands-on activities for all ages! Coming soon!
QUINN’S CREAMERY EXHIBIT!
Enjoy alphabet ice pops and counting creamsicles, indulge in some sweet stacking cones, sprinkle in some time telling with our colorful kitchen clock, and add a pinch of play money and a few scoops of measurement skills. Top it off with your child’s imagination!
We’ve got cool demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities every weekend! Visit and learn with Naomi Hartmann, our museum educator, in Science Revealed! on our second floor.
become a member!
Now is a great time to become a Museum member! Use your membership when you travel! Bring friends when you visit! We offer membership levels that give you flexibility.
SPECIAL HOURS on June 7 and June 15: Museum open 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
June 13, 2023
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Support our local farms!More >>
June 18, 2023
Dads get free admission!More >>
June 18, 2023
Family Free Night
Come play for free!More >>
June 19, 2023
Museum Open for Juneteenth
Come play!More >>
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!”
Perfect idea for a rainy day! There is so much to do for my almost 3 year old. Place is clean and updated. Wonderful learning opportunities in every field for children! They also have a small area for babies. It’s wonderful to see the joy on each child’s face at the museum!”
Such a great museum for children. My kids are 3 and under and they had a blast. There is so many different rooms and things for them to do. Love how they make science interesting. Also bathrooms are child friendly with step stool and they have a healthy snack machine which I have not seen before. I highly recommend this museum and can’t wait to go back!”
This is a really great place to bring children of any age. My daughter was a little over a year and we played with a four year old. Both of them had a blast. We stayed about 4 hours, they spent the entire time excited and playing.”