Food & Drinks

Food and drinks are not permitted in the museum galleries. Guests can enjoy food and drinks in our designated Snack Zone, on our patio, or in our outdoor waterfront pavilion.

Museum Store

We are very pleased to offer specialty items not found in big box stores so you can bring the learning home with a discovery kit or special toy. Purchases can be made at the front desk.


Bathrooms are for museum guests only.  Separate men’s and women’s rooms are available on each floor of the museum. Every bathroom has a changing table.

Bathrooms are NOT available to the general public.  Outdoor public restrooms are available in Upper Landing Park and the southern end of Waryas Park.

Coat Room

We do not have a coat check, but do have an open closet with hangers at our main entrance. Space is limited for bags. We recommend that you keep bags and valuables secured in your vehicle.


Off-street parking is available in our private, gated parking lot free of charge to museum guests.  If you are at the museum for a visit, you will need to trade in your parking lot entry ticket for a validated exit ticket at the end of your visit.

The general public, if not visiting the museum, will be charged $5 per hour to park in the museum’s lot.

Event parking:  Free parking is included for museum-sponsored events and for private museum rentals/parties being held at the museum or the pavilion.  Free parking is not available for non-museum events (including general waterfront events) without an executed and paid rental contract. Read our parking lot rental guidelines here.


The museum entrance has both stairs and a wheelchair and stroller friendly ramp. The museum offers exhibit galleries on two floors, both of which are accessible by stairs and an elevator.


Space is limited inside the museum and we suggest that you leave strollers in your car when possible.

First Aid Kit

MHDM staff is trained in first aid. Please see the front desk if you require first aid assistance.


The entire MHDM campus is smoke/vape-free. Smoking/vaping is not permitted inside the museum, in our parking lot or in the pavilion.