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Arts & Museums
Mount Clare was built in 1760 by Charles Carroll, a barrister, Revolutionary patriot and distant relative of the signer of the Declaration of Independence by the same name. This two-story Georgian brick home has been reconstructed adding to elegance and class of the edifice. Original paintings, furniture and decorative art are on display. Mount Clare was named in the National Register of Historic places in 1970.
This community center is the heart of Baltimore's Jewish community, offering an array of programs and recreational activities for people of all ages. For decades, the center has been providing space for classes for everything from ceramics to Yiddish literature. The center also features a gallery, where art depicting Jewish life takes center stage (some of the artwork is on loan from Israel). JCC also offers baby-sitting services and parenting courses.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was once one of the most important freight and passenger lines in the country. The museum, located in a converted switching yard west of downtown, was the final destination for dozens of the steam locomotives and diesel engines that traveled along that railroad. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard and inspect the giant machines, many of which are kept in a restored house that also holds a wealth of historical displays and railroad memorabilia. Call ahead or check the website to know more.
Babe Ruth is so much a part of New York Yankees lore, people forget that he was born, raised and introduced to professional baseball in Baltimore. This museum celebrates the Babe's Baltimore roots, displaying his boyhood bat, the score card from his first professional game. Artifacts from his father's saloon, which stood where Oriole Park is today, are also on display. The museum is also the official repository of Orioles team memorabilia.
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.
This historic home was labeled as a historic site in 1973. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the original owner of the home, was the first American-born woman to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She founded the first order of nuns in the United States in the 19th century and was also responsible for founding one of the nation's first parochial schools in Baltimore. The house was named a historical site after nine years of renovations starting in 1963. Furniture and artifacts from the 19th century are still displayed in the home, which is open to the public on weekends and by appointment.
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.
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.
This center had humble beginnings as the Model Cities Art Program. It was renamed in 1984 when James Hubert "Eubie" Blake, the famous ragtime pianist, left his archives to the city. Today, through photos and memorabilia, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of Baltimore's jazz legends—including Blake, Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday. In addition to the exhibit space, the center also arranges live jazz performances throughout the city and organizes lessons for students.
Gallery 788 is not just the usual art gallery encouraging contemporary artists in Baltimore. It is a co-op space that also hosts musical concerts and performances, shows, educational conferences and presentations. A complete cultural destination, Gallery 788 always has something exciting to offer.
This thirty-eight year old collection dating from 1800 to 1950 features over forty antique dolls houses, kitchens, shops, theaters and castles. The collection also features an Apothecary Shop with antique toiletry and pharmaceutical items. Age old candy and cigar boxes and bottles are also on display. Something that makes this collection even more unique is that all these pieces of antique toys are hand-crafted. This place is a delight for children and adults alike.
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.