Virtual Experiences in History & Heritage

History and heritage experiences are practically endless in Maryland, a state steeped in history.



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Panorama of Baltimore City Image Credit: Greg Pease Photography/Baltimore National Heritage

1 Baltimore National Heritage Area

Baltimore National Heritage Area - The City Beyond the Harbor takes you into parts of the City that are historically significant. Whether you are a life-time resident, recent arrival or planning a visit, you will learn Baltimore's hidden history, off the beaten path.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum Image Credit: Reginald F. Lewis Museum

2 The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum offers an overview of this fascinating collection highlighting Maryland's African American History and Culture

Bromo Seltzer Clock Works Image Credit: Baltimore Heritage

3 Baltimore Heritage’s Five-Minute Histories

Baltimore Heritage’s Five-Minute Histories provide insider insights about Baltimore's historical sites.  Keep your eye on the Bromo Seltzer clock to see five minutes fly by as each story unfolds.

Fort McHenry Virtual Talk Image Credit: National Park Service

4 Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine offers shorts on Fort history including "Proprietress, Patriot, Nurse, and Spy: The Unconventional Women of Fort McHenry."
Star-Spangled Banner and Francis Scott Key coloring pages are ready to be downloaded.

Hampton National Historic Site Image Credit: National Park Service

5 Hampton National Historic Site, Towson

Hampton National Historic Site, National Park Service, possibly the largest mansion in the country in 1790 echoes the new country. Visit the Mansion, Lower Farm, view artifacts and learn about Ridgely family life.

Baltimore Museum of Industry - Decker Gallery Image Credit: BMI

6 Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Museum of Industry explores our industrial beginnings and considers itself a "connection factory" between generations and now has a "visit from home" program.

Betterton Heritage Museum Image Credit: Betterton Heritage Museum

7 Betterton Heritage Museum & African American Schoolhouse, Kent County

Betterton Heritage Museum and the African American Schoolhouse, both in Kent County, offer virtual tours of each historic site. 

Blackistone Island Lighthouse View from the Porch Image Credit: Captured Spaces Photography LLC

8 St. Clement’s Island Museum's “Wayback Wednesdays” & 3D Tour of Blackistone Lighthouse, St. Mary’s County

St. Clement’s Island Museum hosts “Wayback Wednesdays,” short, quirky historical stories about museums or St. Mary’s County.

3D tour of Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island is a can't miss!  Be sure to venture to the top to take in the panoramic views.

Votes for Women Image Credit: Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

9 Votes for Women Digital Tour Celebrates the Year of the Woman

Votes for Women Digital Tour celebrates the "Year of the Woman,"  thanks to the National Portrait Gallery (a Smithsonian Institution) on-line tour "A Portrait of Persistence." 

Clara Barton House Image Credit: National Park Service

10 Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, Glen Echo

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum is open for digital field trips. Barton's contributions to American History come to life during this trip through her long-time office.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine Image Credit: Visit Frederick

11 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick

National Museum of Civil War Medicine offers videos with Civil War historians and lessons about what we have learned from past medical emergencies.  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is also open for a digital field trip.

Bloody Lane - Antietam National Battlefield Image Credit: Maryland Office of Tourism

12 Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg

Antietam Battlefield Tour provides the timeline, photography and stories behind the "Bloodiest Day in American History" during which 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Your Quarantine Story Image Credit: Maryland Historical Society

13 Maryland Historical Society

Maryland Historical Society has developed a number of exciting programs for the at-home history enthusiast (or student or teacher).
Enjoy "Virtual Program and Happy Hour: Marvelous Style: How Fashion Defines Characters in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."  
Register to attend the free experience that takes place May 7, from 4-5pm.  
Your quarantine story could be part of the historic record!  Marylanders faced the 1918 Flu Pandemic by recording their expences.  Stories submitted now could inform Marylanders 100 years from now. 
Museum From Home digital programs are offered as well, organized by grade level.

Jewish Museum of Maryland Exhibition:  Beyond Chicken Soup Image Credit: Jewish Museum of Maryland

14 Jewish Museum of Maryland

Jewish Museum of Maryland invites you to Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. This virtual tour explores not just history, but the impact medicine has on our lives today. An appropriate topic for kicking off our Pandemic series, don’t you think?  The website also includes on-line events and virtual book talks.

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15 Maryland Women's Heritage Center

Maryland Women's Heritage Center has developed several virtual stories to commemorate the Year of the Woman focusing on Maryland's Heroines.
Women in Stem is one exhibit. Read stories of astronauts, engineers and other pioneering women who made a difference for Maryland, the nation and the world.
Images and Expressions: Maryland Women in the Arts reflects creative women who have pioneered and enhanced our valuing of and engagement with the Arts

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