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Baltimore-area Enrichment Activities Guide

Please submit any additions (sites or information about sites), corrections, and suggestions via the Messina Resource Suggestion Form.

Museums and other popular sites/sights

Museums and historical sites

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Walters Art Museum (Mt. Vernon, 600 N. Charles St.; MTA#11 • LR Centre St.); www.thewalters.org 

Major collection of fine art, including renowned collection in Asian art (Hackerman House).

Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; free (except special exhibitions)

Special programs: Constellation Thursday nights (all Thursdays): museum open til 9am, including free admission to special exhibitions

 

Baltimore Museum of Art (Charles Village, 10 Art Museum Drive)

(443)573-1700; www.artbma.org

Fine art, with significant collection of modernist art in the Cone sisters collection (Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso)

Hours: Wed-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am-6pm; Free

Visionary Art Museum (Federal Hill, 800 Key Highway; MTA #11); (410) 244-1900; www.avam.org

Museum of works by artists with no formal training.

Hours: 10:00am–6:00pm, Tuesday–Sunday (CLOSED MONDAYS except MLK holiday); Students $9.95, College group: $8/student for a group of 10 or more

 

Maryland Historical Society (201 W. Monument St; MTA #11 • LR Centre St.); (410) 685-3750;

http://www.mdhs.org

Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm; $4 student (museum); $6 (library and museum); free admission on the first Thursday of every month.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Harbor East, 830 E. Pratt St.)

http://www.rflewismuseum.org

Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm; $6 student

 

National Aquarium

 

 

Museum of Industry (1415 Key Highway, Federal Hill); http://www.thebmi.org

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm; $7 student

Historical exhibits of various industries, particularly those important to the Baltimore/Chesapeake area. Has banquet/party space available to rent.

B&O Railroad Museum (901 W. Pratt St.); http://www.borail.org

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm; $16 adults; closed on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

Mount Clare immigrant house http://www.mountclare.org

Hours: Thurs-Sun 11am-4pm; $6 adults; closed on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

Edgar Allan Poe House (203 N. Amity St); http://www.poeforevermore.com

Currently closed; opening expected Fall 2013.

 

 

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Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (301 W. Camden St; MTA #11; LR Convention Center/Camden Yards); http://www.geppismuseum.com

Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm; $10 adults ($2 off if public transportation is used)

Flag House (844 E. Pratt St.); http://www.flaghouse.org

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm; $8 adult

 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Cathedral St. at Mulberry, Mt. Vernon; the U.S.’s first Catholic cathedral),
http://www.baltimorebasilica.org

Frederick Douglass Maritime Museum (1417 Thames St); http://www.douglassmyers.org

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm; $5 adults; $8 guided tours (by appointment only)

Great Blacks in Wax Museum (1601-03 E. North Ave); http://www.greatblacksinwax.org

Hours: Winter: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm; February: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 12-6pm; Spring: Tues-Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 12-6pm; $12 students (with ID)

Harriet Tubman/Frederick Douglass trail (Eastern shore, various sites; requires a charter bus and a day-long trip)

 

Babe Ruth Museum (216 Emory St); http://baberuthmuseum.org

Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; $6 adults ($12 when combined with the Sports Legends Museum)

 

Sports Legends Museum (301 W. Camden St); http://baberuthmuseum.org

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; $8 adults ($12 when combined with the Sports Legends Museum)

Jewish Museum (15 Lloyd St); (410)732-6400; http://www.jhsm.org

Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-5pm; $4 students; closed on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, first/last 2 days of Passover, Shavuot, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday.

 

Hampton Mansion (535 Hampton Lane, north of 695/Dulaney Valley Rd. Exit);

http://www.nps.gov/hamp

Hours: Winter: daily 8:30am-5pm (grounds); Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm (mansion); free

School trips: call 410-823-1309 x208 (tours available)

Mt. Clare Mansion and Carroll Park (Pigtown; home of Charles Carroll); http://www.mountclare.org

Parks and green spaces

 

 

 

Cylburn Arboretum (4915 Greenspring Ave)

http://www.cylburnassociation.org

Hours: Winter: Tues-Sun 8am-5pm(grounds/gardens); Wed-Sun 10am-4pm (Vollmer Center); Tues-Sun by appointment (mansion); Tues-Sun 8am-5pm (greenhouse, restrooms )

 

 

Druid Hill Park (2600 Madison Ave); 410-396-6106

http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/Parks/DruidHillPark.aspx

The Park includes a fitness trail around the reservoir, the Rawlings Conservatory, the Maryland Zoo of Baltimore, and a Frisbee golf course, as well as miles of trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic areas.

 

 

 

Rawlings Conservatory (3100 Swann Dr., in Druid Hill Park)

http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org

Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

 

 

 

Patterson Park

http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/Parks/PattersonPark.aspx

Other local destinations

 

 

 

Camden Yards (W. Lee St, Inner Harbor)

http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/index.jsp

 

 

 

Harborplace (201 E. Pratt St, Inner Harbor)

http://www.harborplace.com

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12-6pm

 

 

 

Station North Arts and Entertainment District (North Avenue at Maryland Ave); http://www.stationnorth.org

 

Tours and speakers

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John Spelman (storyteller based in Fells Point; The Prostate Monologues: Tales of the Tellywhacker is his one-man play on prostrate cancer, masculinity, aging)

 

 

Fells Point Ghost Tours (731 S. Broadway)
http://www.fellspointghost.com

Hours: Fri-Sat 7pm; Groups of 35; group price: $100;
Advance purchase tickets $13; $15 when bought at tour

Enoch Pratt Free Library (Cathedral St. at Mulberry, Mt. Vernon); http://www.prattlibrary.org

Various speakers, films, and presentations at the Central Library and branch locations. 

 

Greenmount Cemetery (1501 Greenmount Avenue); (410) 539-0641; Tours@greenmountcemetery.com

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm (office closes on Sat at noon)

Wayne Schaumberg’s website: “Wayne’s Guide to Talks, Walks, and Tours of Baltimore”: http://home.earthlink.net/~wschaumburg

 

Service partners

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York Rd. Initiative

http://www.loyola.edu/department/yri.aspx

 

 

Cristo de Rey High School (420 S. Chester St., 410-727-3255)

http://www.cristoreybalt.org

 

 

 

Parks & People (800 Wyman Park Dr., 410-448-5663)

http://parksandpeople.org

 

Festivals and annual events (arranged chronologically)

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Baltimore Grand Prix (Inner Harbor, Labor Day Weekend); http://www.grandprixofbaltimore.com

 

 

Hampden Fest (36th St., Hampden, September)

 

Baltimore Book Festival (Mount Vernon Place, September); September 27-29 2013

http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com

 

Greek Food and Cultural Festival (Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Midtown/Belvedere, 1st weekend of November); http://goannun.org/festival

 

 

 

Flower Mart (Mt. Vernon Square, around Washington Monument), first weekend of May. http://www.flowermart.org

 

 

Kinetic Sculpture Race (Starts at American Visionary Arts Museum, ends in Patterson Park, going through Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fells Point); first Saturday in May.

http://www.kineticbaltimore.com

 

 

Theaters (does not include area college/university theater productions)

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Center Stage (Mt. Vernon)

 

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

 

 

Fells Point Corner Theater

 

 

Everyman Theater

 

 

Hippodrome Theater (may be prohibitively expensive)

 

 

Lyric

 

Single Carrot Theater

 

 

Spotlighters Theater

 

Strand Theater Company (1823 N. Charles St); www.strandtheatercompany.org

Dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors.

 

 

Vagabond Players

 

Music (cheap and free)

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First Thursdays Concerts in the Park (Mt. Vernon Square, hosted by WTMD); http://wtmd.org/radio/first-thursday-concerts-in-the-park

Local and national rock and alternative music starting at 5:45pm beginning the first Thursday in May and continuing through the first Thursday of September.

 

 

Community Concerts at Second (Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul, Guilford); http://www.communityconcertsatsecond.org

Free afternoon and evening concerts—some by candlelight! of classical and modern chamber and recital music, featuring the best local musicians as well as nationally and internationally known talents. Donations accepted at the door.

 

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