Baltimore is full of rich history that even some locals might not know about. From unsung heroes to little-known stories, surprises await on every street!
Here’s a look at 8 historic attractions you didn’t know were in Baltimore:
- Located at Pier 1 (301 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202)
- Hours: For full list of operating hours, click here
Lovers of military history will want to check out Historic Ships in Baltimore. They feature one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world, plus 50,000 objects, photographs, and documents that are rotated throughout the exhibits, so there is always something new to see.
TIP: Click here to learn more about hosting your next meeting or party on one of these historic ships.
- Located at 1415 Key Hwy. Baltimore, Maryland 21230
- Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday
Take a step back into Baltimore’s history at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Here, you will get a first-hand look at the factory workers, small business owners, and other often overlooked trailblazers who built the city you live in today.
TIP: Be sure to take advantage of BMI’s annual Farmers’ Market, going on now through November 25, 2017.
- Located at 300 Oella Ave. Catonsville, Maryland 21228
An extraordinary icon of American history, the legacy of Benjamin Banneker lives on at his former homestead. Here, visitors can take gallery and nature tours, listen to storytellers, visit a replicated 18th century cabin, and more as they learn about Banneker’s incredible past.
TIP: Teachers can bring their classes to the BBHPM for a unique lesson in history and nature. Click here to learn more.
- Check website for location and time info
With Halloween around the corner, this is the perfect time to dive into Baltimore’s underbelly with a Wicked History Tour. While crawling through town, you will hear stories of the villains, celebrities, and other personalities who passed through those same streets, making this a history tour unlike any other.
TIP: There is a tour offered for all ages, so your kids don’t have to miss out on the fun!
- Located at 812 S Ann St. Baltimore, MD 21231
The oldest surviving residence within the bounds of Old Baltimore City, the Robert Long House is a testament to the life of an ordinary man who began the success of the city’s only surviving maritime neighborhood. Make a reservation and explore the first-floor parlors of this beautiful home today.
TIP: To learn more about the history of Fell's Point & historic preservation, you can watch the lectures held during the Robert Long House’s 250th Anniversary Celebration here.
- Located at 844 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202
- Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday (Self-Guided Tours); closed Sunday-Monday
Become part of one of the most important stories in our nation’s history at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Here, you and your family can design your own flag, cook in a replica of the house’s kitchen, and learn about Mary Pickersgill, the woman who gave us the American flag and our national anthem.
TIP: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is part of the national “Coast to Coast” series, where people can travel around the U.S. and pick up coasters to commemorate their trips. To learn more about this, click here.
- Located at 515 W. Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Pay your respects to one of the most famous figures of Baltimore history at the memorial grave of Edgar Allan Poe. What was once an unmarked burial spot now holds a stunning marker to represent the equally stunning legacy of this remarkable poet.
- Located at 216 Emory St. Baltimore, MD 21230
- Hours: April-September: 10:00am-5:00pm daily (7:00pm for Orioles’ home night games); October-March: 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday
Sports fans will definitely want to check out this unique Baltimore attraction. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum pays tribute not only to an icon of baseball history, but also to the team who first signed him. Only a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, this is one spot you will not want to pass up.
TIP: You can host your next tailgate party or holiday bash at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Click here to learn more.
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