Baltimore is rich in history and is home to many great museums. Here are six museums that everyone (both local and tourist!) should check out sometime.
Charm City was called by John Quincy Adams “The Monumental City” while the Navy of Britain called it “A nest of pirates.” Baltimore is one of only a few places in the U.S. that have had such a lasting impact on the history of the nation. Charm City, at one time or another, has been home to historical figures and icons such as Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Babe Ruth and Billie Holiday. As a result, Baltimore has some of the best history museums in the entire country as well as historical landmarks that are an important part of U.S. history.
B&O Railroad Museum
Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum is where American railroading was born. The Museum is home to the most extensive railroad collection. The Museum’s visitors can take a ride on a real and functional train, while school aged kids will love the merry-go-round and the train garden.
National Museum of Dentistry
The Samuel D. Harris Museum of Dentistry is a museum like no other. Visitors can learn about Dental history and check out cool yet rare items, such as the ivory dentures George Washington wore and the personal dental instruments of the Queen Victoria as well as a vast collection of 1800s toothbrushes. While Dentistry is a less than common interest of most people and history buffs, this museum will make you smile and is hardly boring.
Jewish Museum of Maryland
The Jewish Museum of Baltimore is conveniently located just a few blocks from the City’s Inner Harbor and other attractions. Within the museum, there are three separate exhibition galleries that present Jewish-American life and history, which includes a multi-media exhibit located in the Lloyd Street Synagogue. The museum houses historical photo portraits, an art collection and memorabilia that give visitors lots to see and explore.
Museum of African American History and Culture
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a living museum that explores the creativity, culture and contributions of African Americans of Maryland. The enduring story of the African American Community of Maryland is housed within the walls of the Museum, the lives and societal contributions of historical figures, such as Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker as well as intellectual, artistic and scientific leaders and innovators of today and the future ahead are all presented to museum visitors.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Maryland’s story of innovation is told at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The history presented ranges from the industrial revolution to the modern space age era. Visitors can explore the one-hundred-year-old pharmacy in which Noxzema was created, an 1860’s cannery, a print shop stocked with vintage typewriters and a garment loft, as well as a work table on which kids can practice the art of printing.
Babe Ruth’s Birthplace and Museum
Whether you know it or not, the great Bambino was in fact born in Baltimore. Babe Ruth’s childhood home is in the city of Baltimore, the greatest the game has ever seen grew up playing on the streets where the Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards Stadium is now located. The Sultan of Swat’s birthplace now houses an unequaled collection of memorabilia. For Baseball fans, visiting this museum is a must.
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