List of museums in Baltimore

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This list of museums in Baltimore encompasses museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


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Name Neighborhood Area of study Summary
American Visionary Art Museum Federal Hill Art Visionary art
B&O Railroad Museum Washington Village Railway Collection includes 250 pieces of railroad rolling stock, 15,000 artifacts, an outdoor G-scale layout, an indoor HO scale model, and a wooden model train
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum Downtown Baltimore Sports website, life & times of Babe Ruth, Baltimore’s native son who became America’s first sports celebrity & an international icon, also the official Museum of the Baltimore Orioles and the archives of the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas
Baltimore Museum of Art Homewood Art Over 90,000 works including African, American, Ancient Americas, Antioch Mosaics, Asian, Contemporary, European, Modern, Native American, Pacific Islands, prints, drawings & photographs, sculpture gardens, textiles
Baltimore Museum of Industry Federal Hill Industry Exhibits highlight Baltimore and Maryland's companies and industries, including a cannery, a 1900 garment loft and machine shop, a print shop, Dr. Bunting's Pharmacy (where Noxzema was invented) and the food industry (McCormick, Domino Sugar, Esskay); also home to the steam tugboat Baltimore
Baltimore Streetcar Museum Charles Village Railway Historic trolleys and electric bus streetcars
Carroll Mansion Jonestown Historic house 1811 mansion with changing art exhibits
The Contemporary Downtown Baltimore Art A nomadic, non-collecting art museum
Cylburn Nature Museum Cylburn Natural history Part of Cylburn Arboretum
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum Downtown Baltimore Biographical Former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe in the 1830s, currently closed
Eubie Blake Cultural Center Mount Vernon Art website, celebrates African American visual and performing arts
Evergreen Museum & Library Homewood Historic house 48-room Gilded Age mansion with exhibits of paintings, decorative arts, rare books, philanthropy, Baltimore's railroad history and more; operated by Johns Hopkins University
Fort McHenry Locust Point Military Visitor center houses exhibits about the history of the fort, the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner
Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park Fell's Point Multiple website, permanent and temporary galleries and interactive learning centers about art, history and maritime history
Historic Ships in Baltimore Downtown Baltimore Maritime Historic museum ships including the USS Constellation and a lighthouse
Homewood Museum Homewood Historic house 1801 Federal-period brick house with 19th-century-period rooms, part of Johns Hopkins University
Irish Railroad Workers Museum Hollins Market Historic house website, 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived, project of the Railroad Historical District Corporation
Jewish Museum of Maryland Jonestown Ethnic - Jewish Jewish history and culture in Maryland and beyond, tours of the Lloyd Street Synagogue
Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum Homewood Archaeology Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern antiquities
Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame Homewood Hall of fame - sports History of the game of lacrosse
Lovely Lane Museum & Archives Barclay Religious website, operated by the Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Historical Society, history of Baltimore-Washington Conference, important Methodist ministers, bishops and memorabilia
Maryland Art Place Downtown Baltimore Art Contemporary art exhibition gallery
Maryland Historical Society Museum Mount Vernon History Multiple exhibit spaces featuring the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, quilts, fashion, photography, furniture, and more.
Maryland Institute College of Art Galleries Bolton Hill Art Three major gallery spaces mount curated exhibitions by outside artists and exhibitions of faculty and student work: the Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries in the Fox Building and the Pinkard Gallery in the Bunting Center; also several galleries for student art
Maryland Museum of Military History Baltimore Military website, located in the Fifth Regiment Armory
Maryland Science Center Federal Hill Science Displays include physical science, space, Earth science, the human body and blue crabs that live in the Chesapeake Bay
Mother Seton House Mount Vernon Historic house Located in Seton Hill Historic District, house where Elizabeth Ann Seton founded a school for girls
Mount Clare Museum House Carrollton Ridge Historic house Mid 18th-century plantation house, operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
National Great Blacks In Wax Museum Oliver Wax Features important African American and black Maryland figures
National Museum of Dentistry Downtown Baltimore Medical Dental history, oral health and dentistry professionals
National Slavic Museum Fell's Point Ethnic - Slavic Polish and Slavic history museum
Phoenix Shot Tower Downtown Baltimore Industrial Tower used to produce lead shots, tours operated by the Carroll Mansion
Port Discovery Downtown Baltimore Children's
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture Little Italy African American Shows the struggles for self-determination made by African American Marylanders
Robert Long House Fell's Point Historic house 1765 brick house, operated by the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point
School 33 Art Center Federal Hill Art website, contemporary visual art
Star Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum Little Italy Historic house House where the "Star Spangled Banner" was sewn; exhibits on War of 1812, period rooms
System Source Computer Museum Hunt Valley Computer History website, collection includes computers, calculators, phones, and more.
University of Maryland School of Nursing Living History Museum Downtown Baltimore Nursing History of the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Walters Art Museum Mount Vernon Art 18th- & 19th-century art, Ancient Americas, Ancient Art, Asian, Islamic, Medieval, manuscripts & rare books, Renaissance & Baroque art

Defunct museums[edit]

  • American Dime Museum - museum of curiosities, closed in 2006[1][2]
  • Antique Toy Museum, Baltimore, closed in 2012[3][4]
  • B. Olive Cole Pharmacy Museum - was located in the Kelly building at the Maryland Pharmacists Association[5]
  • Baltimore Clayworks, ceramics art center in Mount Washington with public exhibition gallery - closed in 2017 but plans to reopen[6]
  • Baltimore Public Works Museum in the old Eastern Avenue Sewage Pumping Station of 1910 on the east bank of the Jones Falls by Pier 6 and Harbor East area, in the Inner Harbor - closed temporarily in 2010 by the City D.P.W.
  • Contemporary Museum on West Centre Street and Park Avenue in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood on Cathedral Hill, closed in 2012[7]
  • Fells Point Maritime Museum on Thames Street in the Fells Point waterfront community, opened 2004 by the Maryland Historical Society to exhibit its George Radcliffe Maritime Collection extensive but previously hidden in the basement level of the Md.H.S. Monument Street galleries - closed in 2007 with collections returned to Monument Street in Mount Vernon-Belvedere.[8]
  • Geppi's Entertainment Museum - closed in 2018
  • Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting - Closed 2002, collection now at Baltimore Museum of Industry on Francis Scott Key Highway near Federal Hill.[9][10]
  • Museum of Baltimore Legal History - established 1990s in former Orphans Court chambers at the 1896-1900 Clarence Mitchell Baltimore City Courthouse between North Calvert and Saint Paul Streets - open for Courthouse visitors intermittently - historical artifacts/exhibits of Baltimore’s Bench and Bar, managed by the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation[11]
  • National Pinball Museum - 2014, collection sold off in March 2014[12]
  • Peale Museum / Baltimore City Life Museums - Originally established in old historic Rembrandt Peale museum building of 1812 - former Baltimore City Hall, (1830-1875) - Renovated and opened 1931 as Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore - absorbed 1980s into Baltimore City Life Museums system - Closed 1997 during Baltimore City's Bicentennial celebration - holdings/collections/exhibits transferred to Maryland Historical Society in 1999[13]
  • Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, opened inside historic Camden Street Station of 1857-1865 for the old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as their main terminal and headquarters. Renovated/restored exterior in 1992 as part of adjacent Camden Yards sports complex of stadiums - Opened 2005 as sports museum for Maryland by the nearby Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum on Emory Street - closed in 2015


See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Dime Museum - description and photos
  2. ^ NPR, All Things Considered, February 27, 2007
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2014-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Antique Toy Museum, accessed 11/4/2012
  4. ^ "Toy Story". Baltimore Sun. April 25, 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Bessie Olive Cole". Marland Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 January 2018. The B. Olive Cole Pharmacy Museum was established by the Maryland Pharmacists Association in Honor of Dr. B. Olive Cole, Professor Emerita of Pharmacy Administration, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
  6. ^ "Baltimore Clayworks to reopen with new board, old debt". The Baltimore Sun. September 27, 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ Contemporary Museum Baltimore, accessed 10/21/2012
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2013-02-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Maryland Historical Society: Fells Point Maritime Collection
  9. ^ Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting - information about museum founder and the museum
  10. ^ Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting - photos
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  13. ^ "Peale/Baltimore City Life Museum Photograph Collection". Maryland Historical Society. Retrieved 4 January 2018.