Museums of Baltimore


Downtown Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Baltimore is a city that is rich in history, culture and diverse neighborhoods. It is home to the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, renowned Inner Harbor, distinguished medical centers including, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System and some great diverse neighborhoods. Baltimore was founded as a working class port town, which has developed into a high tech service and medical technology economy. Baltimore is a cultural town with a wealth of museums from art galleries to historic museums to museums celebrating sports heroes. There are multiple art museums in Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum  houses a collection of art ranging from early Egyptian sculpture to 19th century European and American masterpieces. The museum is free and open Wednesday through Sunday. The Baltimore Museum of Art  is home to over 90,000 pieces of art including the largest display of art by Henri Matisse in the world. The museum has cultural events throughout the year and is located next to the John Hopkins University campus. The American Visionary Art Museum  is Baltimore’s modern museum of art with displays of predominately self-taught artists. There are also many art galleries throughout the city supporting local artists. Baltimore is the home to many historic buildings and architecture. Fort McHenry has been protecting the city for over 200 years. The Maryland Historical Society  has been keeping the records of Maryland and its citizens since 1844. The museum and library holds over 350,000 objects and 7 Million books and documents. One of the famous pieces of historical documentation at the museum is the original manuscript of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key. The Maryland Historical Society also helps educate thousands of students through use of the library and historical records. Baltimore is the home of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, which is the largest and oldest railroad collection in the world. The museum is built on the site of the B&O railroad origins from 1829. You can see locomotive, train cars, B& O railroad artifacts, toy trains, scale models of trains and much more. For the sports fan, take a step back into baseball history with the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum. There are also many destination point museums in Baltimore including the National Aquarium, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The National Aquarium, which is located in both Baltimore and Washington D.C., is a non-profit aquatic education and conservation organization. There are over 16,000 species of fish, birds, reptiles and mammals in habitats and exhibits in the National Aquarium, including 35 sharks which just arrived at the Aquarium this week! Port Discovery Children’s Museum  is considered one of the top 5 children’s museums in the United States. The Maryland Science Center is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This museum hosts national event tours such as the Mummies of the World, opening at the end of September. The Maryland Science Center helps kids and families have a fun way to learn about science through exhibits and displays. There is also a planetarium and IMAX movie theater. The Baltimore Museum of Industry tells the story of how industry and technology helped shape the city of Baltimore. There is so much to do and see if you are visiting Baltimore. Learn about the rich history of Baltimore or find out how the train industry was important to the success of Baltimore. Each of the museums in Baltimore will give details on how history and diversity shaped the city of Baltimore.