Hours and Admission


Admission Rates

Adult Admission:  $13.00
Child Admission:  $13.00
Children under 1:  Free
MHDM Members:  Free




It’s field trip season through June, which means that on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, the museum can be busier. You can call us ahead of your visit at 845-471-0589 or check our calendar, to check for field trips.

Tuesday – Saturday:
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market:
Tuesday afternoons May 2, 2023 through October 24, 2023 from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Closing and Delays

During inclement weather, please call the museum at (845) 471-0589 before arriving.

You may also visit our Facebook page for the most current information about snow closures and delays.


Seasonal Hours

Open Mondays in July and August and select Holiday Mondays


  • Mondays in July and August
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Labor Day
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran’s Day


  • New Year’s Eve (open for special ticketed event 10:30 am-12:30 pm)
  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day (open for special ticketed event 7:00 pm-9:00 pm)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

Ways to Save

Family Free Nights

Join us on the third Sunday of each month for Family Free Nights. The museum is open until 8:00 pm, and admission from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm is FREE. Please note:  this event is intended for families with children ages 0-12. Parent supervision is required at all times

Museums for All

Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain reduced admission, $3.00 per person, simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card and picture ID. Payment must be made using cash or credit card. Up to four people per EBT card may be admitted at this reduced fee. This discount applies to regular museum admission only, and does not apply to special events or programs.

Blue Star Museum Program

(Normally Armed Forces Day – 3rd Saturday in May – through Labor Day. However, due to special grant support, for 2024 we are offering it all year long!)

Free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families (including National Guard and Reserve). Valid military ID required. Blue Star Museums is a collaborative program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense. For more information, please visit: arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Reciprocal Admission Programs

MHDM is an active member of both the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and participates in their reciprocal admission programs. Admission discounts vary and some geographic exclusions apply.


Please note – MHDM does not participate in any third party coupon program (Groupon, SaveAround, Entertainment Books, etc). Third party coupons are not authorized for production and will not be honored.