Put your best foot forward and explore the best of Baltimore! Join the Heritage Area's Urban Rangers on a memorable walk through history featuring historic attractions, unique neighborhoods, and colorful stories that make Baltimore charming and unique. From the Inner Harbor to Fell's Point - we've got Baltimore covered!
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History runs throughout the cobblestone streets of Fell's Point. Founded in 1726 by William Fell, a shipbuilder from England, Fell's Point served as the city's deep-water port for over a century. The area's residents were eyewitnesses to the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Shipbuilders crafted impressive ships, including the young U.S. Navy's USS Constellation and the USS Enterprise. Frederick Douglass periodically resided as a slave in Fell's Point until 1838 when he fled bondage.
Tours depart from the Fell's Point Visitor Center at 1724 Thames Street.
From colonial impressions of the Chesapeake Bay to detailed city plans for guiding Baltimore's rapid expansion, this exhibition features over thirty of the most stunning and historically significant maps of Maryland from the collection of the late businessman, philanthropist, and Johns Hopkins alumnus Willard Hackerman. The maps are brought together with related rare books and prints, ephemera, and digital story maps to reveal the passion of a collector, the early mapping of Maryland, and the potential of combining historical maps with modern data to re-examine the past.
Walk just a few blocks east from Baltimore's Sunday Farmers Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city – historic Jonestown. On this tour of often overlooked landmarks, you'll see the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Quaker Meeting House) and the third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street Synagogue), learn about cast iron buildings and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, and get inside the famed Phoenix Shot Tower – the tallest structure in the United States until 1846.
"Structure and Perspective" brings together commissioned works by Maryland-born artist David Brewster with objects from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection. This marrying of old with new, contemporary with “antique,” creates a dialogue that inspires thought-provoking discussions of how the objects of the past remain relevant to today’s ever-changing social landscape. It also highlights Brewster’s often challenging perspective on the modern world, one that looks to the overlooked or unseen.
In 1968, nine Catholic peace activists protested the Vietnam War in a fiery blaze in Catonsville, Maryland. “Activism and Art: the Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later” examines one of the most iconic and written-about acts of political protest in 20th century American history. Through art created by Catonsville Nine activist Tom Lewis and elements of the documentary “Hit & Stay: a history of faith and resistance,” this exhibit explores the motivations and considers the consequences of civil disobedience, and contextualizes this protest in our present turbulent political climate.
In this workshop, participants can create and decorate their own sugar skull. Instructor Alejandra Martinez teaches the class about the history of sugar skulls and their place in Día de los Muertos traditions. This program is part of the museum’s Baltimore Foodways Series and is supported by McCormick & Company and Domino Sugar.
Always wanted to learn how to make cocktails like the pros? Come join one of our tour guides as we walk you through the history of Sagamore Spirit and the process of how we make all our Rye Whiskey. Gather in one of our tasting rooms with individual stations to make some of our signature cocktails. You’ll get hands on in creating two cocktails, that are easy enough to recreate at home. Get ready to get hands-on creating these thirst quenching cocktails!
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument.
Emerging artist, Erick Antonio Benitez, the 2018 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize winner, will have a gallery reception and artist talk with art critic, and curator, and poet Christopher Stackhouse to discuss his new exhibition, A City of Magic Carpets, currently on view at The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall.
1 West Mt. Vernon Place was host to many parties and intimate concerts during its long history as a historic home. David Hildebrand, Director of the Colonial Music Institute, will present a concert of period music from the 19th and 20th centuries that guests at the house would have heard during their social visits. Presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Baltimoreans celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution. We used it to defend the city from the British in the War of 1812 and to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join us on a tour of Federal Hill and the neighborhood around it to learn about this waterfront community’s rich history, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in Federal Hill, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.
Come visit the National Capital Radio & Television Museum this Sunday, November 28th for some radio & television-related fun!
The Open House is FREE, so take this chance to stop by and say "hi!" See the flier below for more details!
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Learn how to build bee houses and motels for our native bees and wasps, and take home your own solitary bee house!
Some may be surprised to learn that most bees do not live in hives; each has its own solitary nest. Solitary bees are are not aggressive and rarely if ever sting unless attacked or stepped upon, and even then their stings are not painful compared to honeybees.
When Baltimore nonprofit Civic Works relocated 25 years ago to Clifton Mansion, the former summer home of Johns Hopkins, the new tenants found evidence of a large wall mural in what was once the Italianate mansion’s grand entry hall. In April 2017, work began to restore the space, including the 160-year-old mural. Now, almost 18 months later, conservators Thomas Moore, Gillian Quinn, and Laurie A.
Houdini died 92 years ago on Halloween and this will be the 91st consecutive Official Houdini Séance – and its first occurrence in Baltimore. Houdini performed in Maryland many times over his career – perhaps he will once again make an appearance!
Join us for an evening full of roving magicians, expert presentations, the official séance, and a spectacular finale. Enjoy wine and a light dinner (dietary laws observed).