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Baltimore, MD 21202
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Arts & Museums
A nice little Gallery tucked away in the Inner Harbor, the Watermark Gallery exhibits local artists who are hand picked for shows. On some nights the gallery hosts readings by local authors as well. The artwork is all affordable priced, with the added advantage of knowing that your money is going to support the work of Baltimore's artists.
The works of H.L. Mencken, the sage of Baltimore and Edgar Allan Poe, another writer often associated with the city, can be explored at this library. In fact, two rooms are devoted to their writings and their lives. One of the largest libraries in the county, the Enoch Pratt also serves as a State Library Resource Center, which provides all Maryland libraries with access to state and federal government documents and other materials. The library has an impressive collection of books about Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
Commissioned in 1855, the USS Constellation was the last all-sail ship built by the United States Navy. Today, the historic vessel lies at anchor in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where visitors can climb aboard and learn about the ship's history, including its mission to disrupt the slave trade and its latter role in delivering famine relief supplies to Ireland.
The historic vessels and landmarks of this museum bring to life the history of American naval power. The US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (surviving warship in Pearl Harbor), USS Torsk (fired last two torpedoes in World War II), the lightship Chesapeake (served as floating lighthouse for 40 years) and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (helped sailors navigate Chesapeake Bay for more than 100 years) all played a vital and heroic role in US military war and peacekeeping. Special student programs are also available at Historic Ships in Baltimore.
This observation area, on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, offers panoramic views of the Baltimore Harbor. There is also a museum that displays artifacts from Baltimore's past and a gift shop featuring the famous Maryland crab. Although school groups and tours are invited to schedule an appointment to experience the Top of the World Observation Level, the space may not be reserved for private functions.
East meets West at The Walters. On one hand, its collection spans nearly the entire history of Western art. Its spacious galleries are home to Greek and Roman statuary, Baroque carvings and a large collection of Renaissance paintings. On the other hand, its elegant Hackerman House wing holds one of the largest collections of traditional Asian art in the United States.
Port Discovery offers interactive fun for the whole family. The young and young at heart will enjoy the Dream Lab and the Exploration Center, where visitors make their dreams come true and learn how to make their own art and jewelry. Children are particularly amused by Port Discovery's three-story treehouse, where they are encouraged to climb, crawl, swing and slide. The museum is also a great place for your child's birthday party. See their website for further details. The museum will have special winter hours and limited weekend hours in September due to exhibit maintenance.
The Peabody Institute was the first conservatory in the United States. It was founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody and has been part of the Johns Hopkins University since 1977. The institute boasts four concert halls and the Peabody Library and is home to the Peabody Conservatory, John Steven Limited which offers private musical lessons and the Peabody Preparatory, a non-degree program that offers classes for people of all ages. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento and vocalist/pianist Tori Amos attended the institute. Students, faculty and other performers often stage free public concerts.
Learn more about sports legends, who excelled in their chosen games, at the Baltimore Sports Legends at Camden Yards. Step in to find out what these influential personalities did to the world of sports. Get a deeper insight into the careers of Babe Ruth, Johnny Unitas, Pam Shriver and Michael Phelps, who hail from such varied fields of sports. Be it long tennis, baseball or athletics, heroes from your favorite sport will surely be there to discover. Fans can get a closer peek into the lives and moments of victory of these champs. The place opens daily at 10a.
Are you a fan of comic books and believe that their importance is vastly underrated? If you think so, head to the 16,000 square feet large Geppi's Entertainment Museum. The museum, created by Steve Geppi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Comic Distributors, focuses on how popular culture, like the various forms of entertainment, has shaped the children of America. Marvel at the exhibits, many of which are from the private collection of Mr Geppi himself. Ponder over the social influence of comics, toys, paintings and movie posters. You will surely leave the premises with memories of your childhood days.
Located on Mount Vernon Square, this small, but well-stocked museum offers visitors a lesson in the history of Baltimore and the region. Spanning the colonial period to the present, it features an extensive collection of early American portraits, quilts, furniture, ceramics and toys. Other exhibits highlight the Chesapeake Bay's maritime industry, Baltimore's role as a port, and Maryland's role in the American Civil War.
In 1840, Baltimore became home to the world's first college of dentistry. Today, this museum offers a fascinating and fun-filled look at the history of dental medicine. Highlights at the National Museum of Dentistry include historical dental tools, a giant mouth-shaped juke-box and a set of George Washington's dentures, which, by the way, were not wooden! For those interested in medicine it's a pleasant, informative diversion.