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5 National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is the first of its kind in the nation dedicated to African American history and is well-known for its moving Middle Passage exhibit about the slave trade. More than 150 life-size and lifelike wax figures of legends like W.E.B. DuBois, Harriet Tubman and Langston Hughes come to life here.
6 Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Often called one of America's most beautiful ballparks, the retro-style Camden Yards attracts fans from across the country. Watch an Orioles game while enjoying such specialties as a crab mac-and-cheese hot dog or bacon on a stick.
7 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Built in 1793, the Flag House was once the home and business place of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over Fort McHenry that inspired him to write our national anthem. At the house, you can imitate life as Pickersgill, her mother and daughter knew it – design your own flag, cook in the kitchen and learn the story of the making of our nation’s flag.
8 Orchard Street Church
The original Orchard Street Church structure dates back to 1837, when the church was founded and organized
by Truman Pratt, Basil Hall and Cyrus Moore, all free black men. The building itself was erected by slaves and black freedmen who worked by torchlight in the night, and it remains the city’s oldest standing structure built by African Americans. And, while their exact role is not certain, tunnels under the building were long associated with the Underground Railroad, and the Orchard Street Church was reportedly a stop on Harriet Tubman’s passage to freedom.
9 Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
Famed macabre writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe spent important years of his life in Baltimore, which is also his final resting place. Explore his home and check out some of his original possessions, like his writing desk and chair.
Fort McHenry National
Monument and Historic Shrine
Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” while watching American soldiers defend Fort McHenry against the British in the War of 1812. At the Fort, you can watch a video depicting the 1814 battle, learn about the causes of the War of 1812 and how the flag and anthem became symbols of the American spirit, as well as take a tour with a park ranger.
Baltimore is one of Departures Magazine’s “Destinations on the Rise: 9 Emerging American Cities to Visit Now” (June 2017)
The city is home to five unique artifacts that art lovers and history buffs alike will deem worth the trip.
Matisse's “Blue Nude” – The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Blue Nude (1907) is considered one of French artist Henri Matisse’s (1869-1954) greatest paintings. Created
at a pivotal moment in the artist’s career during the
end of his Fauvist period, this remarkable life-size nude was unprecedented in its scale and physicality.
Locomotive No. 600, the “J.C. Davis” – B&O Railroad Museum
Designed by the B&O Railroad’s Master of Machinery John C. Davis, and built at the historic Mount Clare shops (now
the site of the Museum), the Locomotive No. 600 exemplifies the intricate design that characterized locomotives during railroading’s heyday.
The No. 600 served until it was retired in 1893 when it became part of the historic collection of the railroad.
Original Francis Scott Key Poem – The Maryland Historical Society
After witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” the poem that later became the lyrics to our national anthem. The Maryland Historical Society displays the original handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which Congress declared the national anthem in 1931.
The Cone Wing at The Baltimore Museum of Art, home to the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse. Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude (“Souvenir de Biskra”), 1907, and Reclining Nude I, (Aurore), 1907. © 2006 Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York. Photo by Erik Kvalsvik.
Fabergé Gatchina Palace Egg – The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum has in
its permanent collection two of only 50 known jeweled, enamel imperial Easter
eggs created by
the studio of Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé for the royal family.
The Gatchina Palace Egg
is currently in the exhibition, “Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy,” on view through June 2018. Tsar Nicholas II gifted
in 1901 to his mother this
egg, which opens to reveal a miniature gold replica of the palace at Gatchina outside of St. Petersburg.
Cosmic Galaxy Egg – The American Visionary Art Museum
Andrew Logan’s hypnotically beautiful, eight-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg — the mythological symbol for the cosmic source of all waters — shimmers
from the center of The Jim Rouse Visionary Center’s bird-themed entrance plaza. Inspired by
the deep space imagery captured by the Hubble Telescope (whose earthly home is at Baltimore’s Space Telescope Science Institute), the Egg features swirling galaxies, nascent stars and even our tiny earth. Logan’s ”Egg” is on view 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 19

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