American Visionary Art Museum

Located in Federal Hill along the scenic Inner Harbor, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) celebrates self-taught art and the creative spirit. Unlike traditional art museums that focus on classical paintings and sculpture, AVAM features whimsical, eye-catching works by artists who lack formal training but overflow with passion and imagination. You’ll find everything from wildly colorful portraits and metal sculptures to intricate mosaic murals throughout the galleries and outdoor art park. Don’t miss the Human Being Corridor, a hallway of thought-provoking mirrors that reflect your image in unexpected ways and challenge assumptions about identity. AVAM hosts special exhibitions, family days and other events year-round, so there’s always something new to experience.

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 244-1900

Fort McHenry National Monument

Best known as the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, Fort McHenry offers a fascinating look into 19th century military history. During the War of 1812, lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the British naval bombardment of Fort McHenry which inspired him to write the poem that became our national anthem. Costumed reenactors and artillery demonstrations bring the fort’s history to life. Enjoy panoramic views of Baltimore from the star-shaped ramparts, and don’t miss the exhibits inside the fort’s brick buildings. From the Junior Ranger activity station to the short orientation film, there are plenty of family-friendly options. Time your visit right to catch the daily flag ceremony and experience Fort McHenry just as Francis Scott Key did in 1814.

Address: 2400 East Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 962-4290

The Walters Art Museum

With over 35,000 works spanning thousands of years, The Walters Art Museum houses one of the country’s finest art collections. Located in Mount Vernon, this off-the-radar museum features everything from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi to dazzling Faberge eggs to Francis Bacon’s eerie modern paintings. One standout is the armoury’s “Chamber of Wonders” overflowing with swords, gauntlets and shiny plate mail. Don’t miss the stunning mansion exterior and interior, intricate mosaic floors and the peaceful sculpture garden. The Walters offers free admission, special events, and even summer family sleepovers. It’s the perfect rainy day activity or an uplifting cultural experience.

Address: 600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 547-9000

R. House

Located in the vibrant Remington neighborhood, R. House brings food hall culture to Charm City. This industrial-chic market contains over a dozen eateries ranging from pizza to ramen to Hawaiian fare all under one roof. R. House only partners with local vendors, so you can taste the best of Baltimore’s dynamic food scene. Bright murals, ample seating, games and a bar create a lively hangout spot. Events like cupcake decorating classes, fitness meetups and pop-up markets make R. House a community hub. With choices for all palates plus a laid-back social vibe, it’s no wonder R. House draws big crowds. Fuel up here before exploring the nearby unauthorized Banksy murals and street art.

Address: 301 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: (410) 662-6200

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Delve into Baltimore’s industrial past at this hidden history museum located in a former cannery. Exhibits cover topics like the city’s canning industry featuring vintage equipment and advertising. See early dentistry tools guaranteed to make you wince or learn about Maryland’s role in developing ferrochrome, an alloy essential for strengthening steel. The BMI’s model trains, shipyard, print shop and garment loft also provide interactive glimpses into Baltimore’s manufacturing legacy. Special events like the Kinetic Sculpture Race or STEM Robotics Day make this museum an excellent outdoor activity for curious groups. Don’t miss the unique artifacts in the BMI’s collection.

Address: 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 727-4808

Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Nestled in Druid Hill Park, Rawlings Conservatory is an indoor oasis open year-round. This historic glass greenhouse contains five distinct climate zones ranging from a tropical palm house to an arid desert room. Visitors can view exotic plants like spiky cacti, lush ferns, vibrant orchids and fragrant citrus trees all in one place. Outside, the ornamental gardens provide color and tranquility in every season with blooms like tulips, roses, mums and more. Attend a yoga class, watch artists at work or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. For an affordable price, the conservatory makes an inviting setting for weddings and other private events too. It’s the perfect escape from Baltimore’s bustle.

Address: 3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217

Phone: (410) 396-0008

Edgar Allan Poe House

Literature lovers and fans of the macabre won’t want to miss this tiny home where Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1833 to 1835. Though Poe was born in Boston, Baltimore is where he began his writing career. It’s presumed he wrote some of his early poems like “Al Aaraaf” at the Amity Street house. Guided tours provide details about Poe’s time in Baltimore along with readings of his bone-chilling works. Nearby, pay your respects at Poe’s original grave site and learn about his mysterious death. The tiny row house provides an intimate look at the famous writer’s early influencers and achievements. Plan to visit on a Sunday when the Stoop Storytelling series features live readings on the house’s front steps.

Address: 203 N Amity St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Phone: (410) 396-7932

B&O Railroad Museum

All aboard for a journey into railroad history at one of the world’s largest railroad museums. Housed in an 1853 train station, the B&O railroad museum contains incredible collections of locomotives, rail cars, photographs and artifacts. Visitors of all ages will enjoy testing their skills on interactive model trains, watching restoration work on vintage rail cars, and exploring immersive exhibits covering all aspects of railroad life. Special events like TrainFest, photography classes and train-themed family days make this an engaging museum. With priceless collections spanning nearly 200 years, the B&O Railroad Museum is a must-visit for train enthusiasts.

Address: 901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Phone: (410) 752-2490

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