MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS
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AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM— Unique in the U.S. for presenting work by self-taught, outsider artists. Jim Rouse Visionary Center with art cars, the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, kinetic sculptures. Paintings from the Von Bruenchenhein Collection. “Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe,” the D.C.based artist’s “raw, visceral, good to the bone” paintings, through May 28.
“YUMMM! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food,” 35 artists joining forces with individuals from a wide spectrum of fields, including science, agriculture, humor and literature, through Sept. 3. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.6 p.m. $15.95, seniors $13.95, students $9.95, 6 and under free. Sideshow gift shop and Encantada restaurant. www.avam.org. 800 Key Highway, 410.244.1900 Map D8
ASIAN ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER— An ongoing collection, objects from Korea, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., during exhibitions. Free. www.towson.edu/asianarts. Fine Arts Building, Towson University, 8000 York Road, 410.704.2807
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART— Housing 95,000 objects, ancient mosaics to contemporary art. Cone Collection features Renoir, Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso. Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing showcasing 200 years of American artistic efforts, Tiffany hall and salon of Maryland-related works. African and Asian art galleries featuring 85 works in the former and more than 2,000 in the latter.
“Front Room: Guerrilla Girls,” 48 protest posters from the feminist collective’s body of work from 1985 to 2012 demonstrating how the art world marginalizes women artists and artists of color, through March 12. “Oliver Herring: Areas for Action,” 12 videos of daily public performances in a New York City gallery in 2010 showing 50 volunteers getting joyfully doused in messy things like glitter and food dye, through April 2.
“Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art,” photographs, prints and drawings from seven artists offering their views on the continent’s residents, through June 18. Sculpture garden with 34 masterworks and Gertrude’s restaurant for Chesapeake flavors. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.artbma.org. 10 Art Museum Drive, 443.573.1700 North of Map D1
BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER— The city’s tallest building at the time of its 1911 construction, built by Captain Isaac Emerson, inventor of the Bromo Seltzer headache remedy. Now a Westside icon holding studio space for more than 30 visual and performing artists, plus a museum on the 15th floor
with antique bottles and other artifacts from the company’s history. Open house every Sat. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. with clock room tours ($5 donation) on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. www. bromoseltzertower.com. 21 S. Eutaw St., 443.874.3596 Map C6
MARYLAND ART PLACE— A non-profit contemporary gallery at Power Plant Live! Registry of 1,600 regional artists. “Abhidnya Ghuge & Heather Harvey,” works by these installation artists exploring the intervention of spaces and the use of various materials, Jan. 19March 11. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.mdartplace.org. 8 Market Place, 410.962.8565 Map D5
MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART (MICA)— Nation’s oldest fully accredited, four-year, degree-granting art college with gallery for works by national and international artists, faculty and students. “William A. Christenberry: Laying-by Time,” a look back at the late American painter’s work, including the rarely shown “Klan Room Tableau,” a dense multimedia piece illustrating Christenberry’s response to the violence of the Ku Klux Klan, through March 12.
“Light and Shadow: Paintings and Drawings by Philip Koch from Edward Hopper’s Studio,” the MICA faculty member’s extensive work of the famous painter’s Cape Cod studio and its surroundings, through March 25. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon5 p.m. Free. www.mica.edu. Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., 410.669.9200 Map C1
THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM— Art, jewelry, medieval armor and Egyptian collection (virtual autopsy of a mummy). “Chamber of Wonders,” the imaginary gallery of a fictional 17th-century Flemish noble. Small sculptures from Mesoamerica. Audio tours.
“Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Art Show,” highlighting works by local youngsters in the Sculpture Court, through March 26. “Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Dieties from Tibet and Nepal,” a dozen sculptures, paintings and ritual objects depicting these at times intimidating spiritual beings, through April 16.
“From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story,” art and artifacts illustrating the stories behind the Walters family’s gift collection to the city establishing the museum, ongoing. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thurs. till 9 p.m. Free walk-in tours. Café. www.thewalters.org. 600 N. Charles St., 410.547.9000 Map C3
BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER— Inner Harbor/downtown complex hosting expos and trade shows for industry folk and consumers alike. www.bccenter.org. 1 W. Pratt St., 410.649.7000 Map C6
EDGAR ALLAN POE’S GRAVE— At Westminster burial grounds, final resting place of Baltimore’s most famous poet. On Poe’s birthday, Jan. 19, an unknown admirer brought cognac and roses to his grave for nearly 70 years until 2009. A new anonymous “Poe Toaster,” chosen by Baltimoreans, revives the tradition. 8 a.m.-dusk. Free. 519 W. Fayette St., 410.706.2072 Map B5
EUBIE BLAKE NATIONAL JAZZ INSTITUTE AND CULTURAL CENTER— Exhibits honor Baltimore jazz artists Blake, Billie Holliday and Cab Calloway. See website for exhibition schedule, plus concerts, classes and poetry readings. Be Free Fridays, poetry readings last Friday of each month 7 p.m. Wed.Fri. 1- 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun. by appt.). $5. www.eubieblake.org. 847 N. Howard St., 410.225.3130 Map C2
FORT MCHENRY— A strategic installation protecting the city during the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War. War of 1812 battle here inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Visitors center has films and exhibits. Daily flag raising at 10 a.m., lowering at 4 p.m. Visitors Center and Star Fort 9 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10, 15 and under free. www.nps.gov/fomc. 2400 E. Fort Ave., 410.962.4290 South of Map F8
HISTORIC SHIPS IN BALTIMORE— The USS Constellation, from 1854, was the last Civil War-era vessel built by the Navy. After years of restoration, the 1,400-ton, 179-foot warship returned to the Inner Harbor in 1999. Other Inner Harbor ships to tour: Taney, the last surviving warship of Pearl Harbor; Torsk, a sub from World War II; Chesapeake, a lightship that guided early-1900s mariners across the Chesapeake Bay. Daily from 10 a.m. Hours vary by month; call to confirm. One ship: $5-$11, two ships: $6-$15, four ships: $7-$18; 5 and under free. www.historicships.org. Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St., 410.539.1797 Map D6
M&T BANK STADIUM— Home of Baltimore’s NFL franchise (and Super Bowl XLVII champions!) the Ravens since 1998. 71,000-capacity stadium (119 suites and 8,196 club seats) west of the Inner Harbor. www. baltimoreravens.com. 1101 Russell St., 410.261.7283 Map B8
MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER— Three levels of interactive exhibits. Live demos like “Dinosaur Mysteries,” “Follow the Blue Crab” and newest “Science & Main.” The Shed, DIY workshop for all ages. 50-foot domed Davis Planetarium, an IMAX theater with five-story-high movie screens, showing films like “Born to Be Wild,” “Penguins,” “Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty.”
Tues-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. till 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ( The Shed, Kids Room, SciLab close earlier.) $24.95, seniors $23.95, children 3-12 $18.95, under 3 free. IMAX extra. Discounted admission Fridays after 5 p.m. Gift shop and cafe. www.mdsci.org. 601 Light St., 410.685.5225 Map C7
THE MARYLAND ZOO IN BALTIMORE— More than 1,500 animals on 160 acres. Raptor Garden, Giraffe Feeding Station, Polar Bear Watch and Chimpanzee Forest. Rise and Conquer, official mascots of the NFL Ravens. “Penguin Coast,” a state-of-the-art exhibit recreating the South African waterside home of these endangered birds, with up-close and underwater views. Newest addition: cheetah brothers from San Diego Wildlife Safari Park. “After Hours with the Animals” on select days when zoo stays open till 7 p.m. with $10 admission. (Jan.-Feb.) Fri.Mon. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., (March-April) daily 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $18, seniors $15, children $14, under 2 free. Free parking. www. marylandzoo.org. Druid Hill Park, 443.552.5296 North of Map B1
NATIONAL AQUARIUM— Nearly 20,000 creatures housed in rain forest, Australian river gorge and coral reef ecosystems. See jellies and animal feedings. 4-D Immersion Theater and Harbor Market Kitchen. Ongoing exhibits like “Living Seashore” with two touch pools. “Blacktip Reef,” a 260,000gallon Indo-Pacific coral reef exhibit with up-close views of sharks, stingrays and a 500-pound sea turtle. “Dolphin
Discovery,” all-day access to dolphins and experts, featuring training, play, feeding times and more. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fri. till 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. till 5 p.m. $24.95-$39.95, under 3 free. Special tours vary. Online purchase with timed entry recommended. At the Inner Harbor. www.aqua.org. 501 E. Pratt St., 410.576.3800 Map D6
ORIOLE PARK AT CAMDEN YARDS— Home of Baltimore’s MLB franchise, the Orioles, built in 1992, offering behindthe-scenes tours with a peek at the dugout, scoreboard control room and press box. Learn about the transformation of a railroad yard into a world-class ballpark. Tickets for tours at north end box office near Gate H. Tours vary by day/game schedule. Check website for details. $9, seniors/children $6, 3 and under free. www.orioles.com. 333 W. Camden St., 888.848.2473 Map B6
PHOENIX SHOT TOWER— Before D.C.’s Washington Monument, the tallest building in the United States. Tours of this bullet-producing site on the grounds of the Carroll Mansion, former residence of Charles Carroll, who signed the Declaration of Independence. National Historic Landmark. Sat.-Sun. noon- 4 p.m. $5, children/ seniors/students/military $4, under 6 free. www.carrollmuseums.org. 800 E. Fayette St., at President St., 410.605.2964 Map D5
PIMLICO RACE COURSE— Storied home of the Preakness Stakes, second leg of the Triple Crown. Daily for simulcast racing, 350 betting windows. Sun.-Tues. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Wed.-Thurs. till midnight, Fri. till 1 a.m., Sat. till 1:30 a.m. Grandstand/clubhouse admission $3, Sports Palace restaurant seats $5, $3 after 7:30 p.m. www.pimlico.com. 5201 Park Heights Ave., 410.542.9400 North of Map B1
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!— An 8,000-square-foot “odditorium” for experiencing the wacky, wonderful world of Ripley. Outrageous and incredible artifacts from around the world, plus illusions in the Marvelous Mirror Maze and 4-D Moving Theater. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $17.99, children (ages 4-12) $11.99, plus fees for theater and maze. Combo tickets available. www.ripleys.com/baltimore. 301 Light St., 443.615.7878 Map C6
THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER FLAG HOUSE— Home of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s lyrics to “The StarSpangled Banner.” Period furniture, war artifacts and a glass replica of the banner. Discovery gallery for kids. Orientation film. Self-guided tours Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Docent tours Wed., Thurs. Sat. $8, seniors (55+)/ military $7, students $6, under 6 free. www.flaghouse.org. 844 E. Pratt St., 410.837.1793 Map D6
TOP OF THE WORLD— Sweeping city views from the 27th floor of the I.M. Pei-designed World Trade Center, the tallest pentagonal building (all angles being equal) in the world. Observation level museum with rotating art exhibitions. Wed.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. $6, seniors/military $5, children (ages 3-12) $4, under 3 free. www. viewbaltimore.org. 401 E. Pratt St., 410.837.8439 Map D6
U. S. NAVAL ACADEMY— College of the U.S. Navy. Guided walking tours daily; Ages 18 and older must bring photo ID. Gift shop. $10.50, seniors $9.50, children $8.50, under 5 free. Daily 9 a.m.4 p.m. Check website for tour schedule. www.usna.edu/. 52 King George St., Annapolis, Md., 410.293.8687
WESTMINSTER HALL AND BURYING GROUND— A restored historic church surrounded by one of Baltimore’s oldest cemeteries. Plots hold many public figures, including Edgar Allan Poe. Burial grounds daily 8 a.m.-dusk. $5, seniors/children $3. www.westminsterhall.org. 519 W. Fayette St, 410.706.2072 Map B5
Historic Religious Sites
BALTIMORE BASILICA— National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1806, Bishop John Carroll placed the cornerstone of this landmark site, Mother Church of Roman Catholicism. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. till end of mass. Guided tours Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun. noon. Gift shop: Mon.Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. www.baltimorebasilica.org. 409 Cathedral St., 410.727.3565 Map C4
LLOYD STREET SYNAGOGUE— Maryland’s first synagogue in 1845, now the third-oldest in the country, built by Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and designed by Robert Cary Long Jr. Site of the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Gift shop and library. Guided tours Sun. 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m. $10, seniors $8, students $6, under 12 $4, under 4 free. www.jhsm.org. 15 Lloyd St., 410.732.6400 Map E5
THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI— Designed by architect Robert Cary Long in 1845 in Southern German neo-Gothic style. Sun. Mass: Lithuanian (8:30 a.m.), English (10 a.m.), city’s only Tridentine Mass (11:30 a.m.). Mon.-Sat. Mass 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m. Call to arrange tours. Gift shop: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Fri. and Sun. till 1 p.m. www.stalphonsusbalt.org. 114 W. Saratoga St., 410.685.6090 Map C4
OLD ST. PAUL’S CHURCH— The Anglican community’s “Mother Church of Baltimore” founded in 1692. Current building, one of the city’s architectural gems, dates to 1856. Sunday services (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) plus Wed. noon. Eucharist service. www. stpaulsbaltimore.org. 309 Cathedral St., 410.685.3404 Map C5
ST. JUDE SHRINE— A center of devotions to St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes. Mass Sun. 8, 9, 11:30 a.m.; Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m., noon; Wed. 7 a.m., 7:45 a.m., noon; Sat. 7:45 a.m., noon. Check online for additional services. www.stjudeshrine.org. 512 W. Saratoga St., 410.685.6026 Map B4
ST. MARY’S SPIRITUAL CENTER & HISTORIC SITE— Site of the first Catholic seminary in the United States (1791) and home of first American saint Elizabeth Seton. Mon.-Fri. noon3:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-3 p.m. Call ahead during inclement weather. Free. www. stmaryspacast.org. 600 North Paca St., 410.728.6464 Map B4
Monuments & Memorials
BATTLE MONUMENT— The city’s official emblem. A 39-foot memorial for the 39 Baltimoreans who died in the War of 1812 designed by Frenchman Maximillian Godefroy and bedecked with sculptures (Lady Baltimore and griffins) by Antonio Capellano. A concrete replica replaces the original “Lady” who now resides in the Maryland Historical Society. www.baltimorecity.gov. Calvert & E. Fayette sts. Map C5
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL— Sculptor Joseph Sheppard’s powerful bronze work pays tribute to the millions killed in the Holocaust. Central plaza is triangular like the badges Jews were forced to wear. Inscribed plaques, station lamp posts and boxcar symbols plus 1940s railroad tracks lining walks.
www.josephsheppard.com. 1009 N. Charles St., 410.752.1313 Map D6
WASHINGTON MONUMENT— The 178-foot-tall column (228 steps up), built in 1815, is one of the nation’s earliest memorials for George Washington. Architect Robert Mills also designed the monument in Washington, D.C. Renovated museum plus two time capsules with some items on display at Maryland Historical Society. Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reserve online to climb steps. $6, under 13 $4. Museum free. www. mvpconservancy.org. 699 N. Charles St., 410.396.0929 Map C3
Museums & Libraries
B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM— Smithsonian Institution affiliate with the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere. Site (40 acres) features the 1851 Mount Clare Station, 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in the United States. “The War Came By Train,” rail artifacts and locomotives commemorating the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, ongoing. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.4 p.m. $18, seniors (60+) $16, children $12, under 2 free. www.borail.org. 901 W. Pratt St., 410.752.2490 Map A6
BABE RUTH BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM— The childhood residence of George Herman Ruth Jr. showcases Babe’s early years. Exhibits include “Babe Batted Here”; “Babe: Husband, Father, Friend”; and “’O’ Say Can You See: The Star-Spangled Banner in Sports.” ( Through March) Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.5 p.m. (Beginning April) Daily 10 a.m.5 p.m. Gift shop. $7, seniors $5, children (ages 4-16) $4, under 3 free. www.baberuthmuseum.com. 216 Emory St., 410.727.1539 Map B6
BALTIMORE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM— Exhibits at historic President St. Station. On April 9, 1861, the first bloodshed of the Civil War occurred when a Massachusetts volunteer militia left this station to walk to the B&O’s Camden Station but was attacked by Southern sympathizers. Gift shop. Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $3, children (ages 12-18) $2, under 12 free. www.civilwarbaltimore.com. 601 S. President St., 443.220.0290 Map E7
BALTIMORE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM— In a 19th-century stone building, manuscripts, photos, ledgers and clippings document the county’s history. Fri. noon- 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5. www.hsobc.org. 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Md., 410.666.1878
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY— On waterfront site of 1865 oyster cannery, theme galleries like “pharmacy” and “machine shop.” Artifacts: a Linotype, a steam pump and 1930s spice grinder used to concoct Old Bay seasoning. “Helen Delich Bentley Tribute,” four garments and 12 hats from the pioneering reporter and elected official’s wardrobe dating from the 1960s-1970s demonstrating her civic pride, through April 30.
“Video Game Wizards,” interactive exhibit allowing aspiring “wizards” to create their own computer game, ongoing. Machinery workshops and exhibits. Popular with school groups. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $12, seniors $9, students $7, under 6 free. www. thebmi.org. 1415 Key Highway, 410.727.4808 South of Map D8
CARROLL MANSION— Stately residence of Charles Carroll, only Catholic signer of Declaration of Independence, preserved in its 19th-century grandeur. Dedicated to history of Baltimore and Jonestown. Tours (also of nearby Phoenix Shot Tower). Sat.-Sun. noon- 4 p.m. (last tour starts 3 p.m.). $5, children/ seniors/students/military $4, under 6 free. www.carrollmuseums.org. 800 E. Lombard St., 410.605.2964 Map E6
ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY— Crown jewel of the city’s public library system and one of the oldest in the country, dating from 1882. Featuring soaring architecture as well as cozy reading nooks. Benefactor Pratt mandated that the library serve both rich and poor of all races. Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. till 5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. www.prattlibrary.org. 400 Cathedral St., 410.396.5430 Map C4
EVERGREEN MUSEUM & LIBRARY— Ambassador John Work Garrett’s 48-room Gilded Age mansion. Art, rare books, opulent furnishings, Léon Bakst décor, plus theater. “Seventeen Men: Portraits of Black Civil War Soldiers,” Captain William A. Prickitt’s photo album of the men who saved his life, passed down through generations with drawings and research by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson fleshing out the stories of these men, through June 4.
“Bakst Reimagined,” rarely seen items from the museum’s collection including costume and set designs from his “The Sleeping Princess,” ongoing. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon- 4 p.m. Tours on the hour, final tour 3 p.m. $8, seniors $7, students/ children $5, under 5 free. www. museums.jhu.edu. 4545 N. Charles St., 410.516.0341 North of Map D1
FIRE MUSEUM OF MARYLAND— Bells, flashing lights, antique vehicles and an engine to climb plus 250 years of firefighting history. Exhibits like “Life of a Fireman” and “The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.” Gift shop. Sat. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Closed in Jan. $14, seniors/ firefighters $12, ages 2-18 $6, under 2 free. www.firemuseummd.org. 1301 York Road, Lutherville, Md., 410.321.7500
FREDERICK DOUGLASS- ISAAC MYERS MARITIME PARK— Dedicated to the African-American shipbuilders who, like orator Douglass, toiled on the docks of Fells Point. Gallery space with learning centers, ship restoration workshop. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon- 4 p.m. $5, seniors $4, students $2, 5 and under free. Guided group tours $8. www.douglassmyers.org. 1417 Thames St., 410.685.0295 Map E8
GEORGE PEABODY LIBRARY— The noted philanthropist built this library, a celebrated architectural achievement, in 1866 with five tiers of cast iron balconies rising to a stunning stained-glass skylight in main hall. More than 300,000 volumes, mostly from 18th to early 20th centuries. Tues.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. till 3 p.m. www.peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu. 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, 410.659.8179 Map C3
GEPPI’S ENTERTAINMENT MUSEUM— A history of pop culture explored through collectibles, toys, music and more at Camden Station (near Camden Yards). “Baltimore Heroes,” the city’s cultural pioneers; “A Story in Four Colors,” comic books in pop culture; “Extra! Extra!,” newspaper comics as social commentary; “Revolution,” rock and roll’s impact on American culture from 1961 to 1970. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.6 p.m. $10, seniors (55+) $9, students
$7, under 4 free. www.geppismuseum.com. 301 W. Camden St., 410.625.7060 Map C7
HAVRE DE GRACE MARITIME MUSEUM— Items like a replica of a shad shack tell the story of the port’s history. Also home to Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School, which teaches construction and restoration of wooden crafts. “Beyond Jamestown: Life 400 Years Ago,” a journey back in time with Capt. John Smith and crew in the New World, ongoing. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Suggested donation $3. www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org. 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, Md., 410.939.4800
HOMEWOOD MUSEUM— Built in 1801 on a campus of Johns Hopkins University, the Palladian-style, Federal-period mansion was a wedding gift from Declaration signer Charles Carroll to his son. Furnished to reflect life in early 19th-century Baltimore. “A Winter’s Residence: Charles Carroll of Homewood’s Townhouses, 18001816,” new works illustrating what life was like for the Carroll family as they moved between their country residence, Homewood, and their city townhouses, through Feb. 15. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon- 4 p.m. Tours on the half hour, last at 3:30 p.m. $8, seniors $7, students/ children $5, under 5 free. www. museums.jhu.edu. 3400 N. Charles St., 410.516.5589 North of Map C1
IRISH RAILROAD WORKERS MUSEUM— Visit this pair of 1848 row houses to learn about the Irish railroad workers who helped build the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. One house re-creates the life of a family of eight (plus one boarder), while the other serves as a tribute to Baltimore’s Irish. Museum open Fri.Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 1- 4 p.m. Tours (by request) include Lemmon Street, St. Peter’s Church and the Hollins Street Market. Register online or by phone. Free. www.irishshrine.org. 1325 Bolton St., 410.669.8154 Map A6
JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND— One of the largest Jewish museums in the country. Two galleries with exhibits, library, research center containing more than 1.1 million documents, artifacts and photos. Three-building complex includes the B’nai Israel Synagogue built in 1876. “Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust,
Humanity,” four exhibitions combined displaying archival photographs and artworks to provide a comprehensive look at the notorious death camp, March 5-May 29. $10, seniors (65+) $8, students with ID $6, children (4-12) $4, under 4 free. Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.jewishmuseummd.org. 15 Lloyd St., 410.732.6400 Map E5
JOHNS HOPKINS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM— More than 700 objects housed in renovated university building’s atrium. Interior features drawers for cuneiform tablets, stamped bricks from Rome and more. On loan: Goucher College’s Egyptian mummy. Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. First Sat. of month noon- 4 p.m. Free. archae ologicalmuseum.jhu.edu. 150 Gilman Hall, 3400 N. Charles St., 410.516.0383 North of Map C1
MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY— A 150-plus-year-old society with more than 100,000 artifacts and a library of nearly 7 million items, including original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the original Lady Baltimore statue from the Battle Monument, the city’s official emblem. Period furniture, silver, toys, paintings.
“What & Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society” with more than 50 items spanning four centuries of donations to the museum, including influential African American jazz musician Eubie Blake’s practice pianos, a wool tapestry of George Washington and a sign from recently closed LGBTQ venue Club Hippo, through June 30.
Ongoing: “Inventing a Nation: Maryland in the Revolutionary Era”; “The Star-Spangled Banner Gallery”; “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. $9, seniors $7, students/ children $6, under 3 free. First Thurs. of month free. www.mdhs.org. 201 W. Monument St., 410.685.3750 Map C3
NATIONAL CRYPTOLOGIC MUSEUM— From the National Security Agency, explanations of America’s cryptologic history with code-making and codebreaking artifacts. Highlights: WWII Enigma cipher machine, museum library and the 60 Years of Cryptologic Excellence exhibit. Gift shop and library. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. First and third Sat. of month 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free. www.nsa.gov. 20 miles south of Baltimore, NSA, off Route 32. 9800 Savage Road, Ft. Meade, Md., 301.688.5849
NATIONAL ELECTRONICS MUSEUM— Nearly 10,000 artifacts celebrating science and engineering. Nike Ajax, radar, radios, vacuum tubes, manuscripts. Among the galleries: Cold War, Early Radar and Under Seas. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5, students/ seniors $3, 5 and under free. www. nationalelectronicsmuseum.org. 1745 W. Nursery Road, Linthicum, Md., 410.765.0230
NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM— Tableaux of 100 figures: civil rights leaders, athletes, African citizens, ministers, politicians and notables like Langston Hughes and Baltimorean Billie Holiday. Exhibits on slavery and the Middle Passage. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Mon. Sept.-Oct.), Sun. noon- 6 (till 5 p.m. Sept.-Oct.) p.m. $13, seniors/students $12, ages 3-11 $11, under 3 free. www. greatblacksinwax.org. 1601- 03 E. North Ave., 410.563.3404 North of Map E1
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY— Objects like George Washington’s dentures shown within the world’s first dental college. Films, toothbrushes through time, interactive exhibits that let kids play dentist. “The Operatory of the Future” and “American College of Dentists’ Mace and Torch,” symbols of the founding of the college. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; call to schedule a tour. $7, seniors/students $6, ages 3-12 $5, under 2 free. www.dentalmuseum.org. 31 S. Greene St., 410.706.7461 Map B5
PORT DISCOVERY— Ranked among top five U.S. children’s museums, three levels of activities to educate and entertain. Kids get soaked (slickers and Crocs provided) in Wonders of Water (daily except Mon.). “Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails!,” a climbable Thomas and hands-on Island of Sodor toy railway for exploration, plus Sodor Steamworks where children dress up as conductors and fix an engine, through May 7. Tues.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. $14.95, military/under 2 free. www. portdiscovery.org. 35 Market Place, 410.727.8120 Map D6
REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM— The experiences and contributions of Maryland African Americans from the past to the present. Three galleries, a theater for shows and talks, oral history recording studio, classrooms and cafe. “Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male,” photographs challenging visitors to compare perceptions of black men to reality, through March 1. “Now That’s Cool!,” more than 40 objects displayed for the first time, including a signed photograph of abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass, through Dec. 31. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., third Thurs. 5- 8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. $8, seniors/children/ students $6, under 6 free. Gift shop. www.lewismuseum.org. 830 E. Pratt St., 443.263.1800 Map D6
Parks & Gardens
CYLBURN ARBORETUM— Businessman Jesse Tyson’s 1863 mansion, now with a 207-acre park, 20 themed gardens, wooded trails and the Nature Museum holding bird specimens, nests, eggs, fossils, skulls and seashells. Visitor Center, Mansion. Hours vary by season and month. Check website for details. Self-guided or cell tours. Free. www. cylburnassociation.org. 4915 Greenspring Ave., 410.367.2217 North of Map B1
DRUID HILL PARK— On the National Register of Historic Places, the city’s first municipal park. Druid Hill Lake and Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory, the country’s second-oldest Victorian structure of its kind, and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Walking trails, athletic courts. www.druidhillpark.org. 900 Druid Park Lake Drive North of Map A1
PATTERSON PARK— One of the city’s oldest parks began as a six-acre donation in 1827 and now spans 137 acres with lake, ice rink in winter, ball fields, pool and tennis courts. Victorian Pagoda. www.pattersonpark.com. Eastern and Patterson Park aves. Map G5/6
RAWLINGS CONSERVATORY & BOTANIC GARDENS— In Druid Hill Park since 1888, complex grew from five-story glass, wood and steel Palm House to three greenhouses, two display pavilions and outdoor gardens. Orchids, flower shows. “Plants and People” program every Sunday (1:30-3:30 p.m.). Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.rawlingsconservatory.org. 3100 Swann Drive, 410.396.0008 North of Map A1