6 Awesome Baltimore History Museums

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Baltimore has been called “The Monumental City” by President John Quincy Adams and “A nest of pirates” by the British Navy. Few other places have played such an important role in the shaping of this great nation. Once home to innovators and American icons like Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Billie Holiday and Babe Ruth, Baltimore has some of the best history museums anywhere. Here’s a few to get you started.

See George Washington's ivory dentures, Queen Victoria's personal dental instruments and a collection of toothbrushes from the 1800s to today at this museum.

1 The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry

Brush up on your dental history at this one-of-a-kind museum. With George Washington’s ivory dentures, Queen Victoria’s personal dental instruments and a collection of toothbrushes from the 1800s, the National Museum of Dentistry is sure to put a smile on your face.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
31 S Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-706-0600


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B&O Railroad Museum Station

2 B&O Railroad Museum

The birthplace of American railroading, this historic site houses the nation’s most comprehensive railroad collection. Visitors can catch a ride on a real working train, and young rail buffs will enjoy taking a spin on the merry-go-round or playing in the kid-sized train garden.


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Type:
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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490


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Jewish Museum of Maryland

3 Jewish Museum of Maryland

Located blocks from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this museum offers three exhibition galleries where you can explore the Jewish-American experience, including a multi-media exhibit in the newly renovated, historic Lloyd Street Synagogue. Expansive collections of art, historical photographs, oral histories and memorabilia tell the story of Jewish history, culture and community in Maryland.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
15 Lloyd St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-732-6400


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Step back in time at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, learn about the many everyday items invented in Baltimore.

4 Baltimore Museum of Industry

From the industrial revolution through the space age, the Baltimore Museum of Industry tells the story of Maryland innovation. Without ever leaving the walls of the museum, you can explore an 1860s-era cannery, the century-old pharmacy where Noxema was invented, a garment loft and a print shop showcasing vintage typewriters, and a large work table where children can practice the art of printing.  


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Location:
1415 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-727-4808


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Oriole Park at Camden Yards

5 Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Visit the childhood home of the great Bambino, greatest to ever play the game of baseball. The Sultan of Swat used to play on the streets where Camden Yards now stands, and his birthplace is now home to an unparalleled collection of Babe Ruth memorabilia. 


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Type:
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Location:
216 Emory St
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-727-1539


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Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture

6 Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture

This living museum which is part of Maryland's Frederick Douglass Driving Tour explores the culture, creativity and contributions of Maryland African-Americans. From Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglas to the scientific, artistic and intellectual leaders of today and tomorrow, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is a home to the ongoing story of Maryland’s African-American community. 


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800


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Featured Places
National Museum of Dentistry
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Location:
31 S Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Round House at the B&O Railroad Museum
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Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
Large white building with columns
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Location:
15 Lloyd St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore Museum of Industry exterior
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Location:
1415 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
Babe Ruth's birthplace
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Location:
216 Emory St
Baltimore, MD 21230
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