#74 best destination in the world

Ocean City Beach

  • Extensive, 10 mile long public beach with water sports, a boardwalk and an amusement park

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

  • Museum located in Mount Vernon-Belvedere, Baltimore, opened in 1934
  • It holds collections established during the mid-19th century
  • The Museum’s collection was amassed substantially by major American art and sculpture collectors
  • The collection includes masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance bronzes, Old Master European and 19th-century paintings, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, Art Deco jewelry, and ancient Near East, Mesopotamian, or ancient Middle East items

Baltimore Museum of Art

  • Art museum founded in 1914, internationally renowned for its collection of 95,000 objects, and encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs
  • The galleries currently showcase collections of art from Africa; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; art from Asia, and textiles from around the world
  • The museum is distinguished by a neoclassical building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two landscaped gardens with 20th-century sculpture
  • The Cone Collection includes a wealth of works by artists including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Fort McHenry, Baltimore

  • Historical American coastal pentagonal bastion fort on Locust Point, Baltimore, best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy from the Chesapeake Bay, in 1814
  • It was first built in 1798 and was used continuously by the U.S. armed forces through World War I and by the Coast Guard in World War II
  • During the War of 1812 a large American storm flag was flown over Fort McHenry during the bombardment
  • It was replaced early on the morning of September 14, 1814 with a larger American garrison flag
  • The larger flag signaled American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore
  • The sight of the ensign inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that was later set to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven” and became known as “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the national anthem of the United States

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

  • Art museum located in Baltimore, that specializes in the preservation and display of outsider art (also known as “intuitive art,” “raw art,” or “art brut”)
  • The city agreed to give the museum a piece of land on the south shore of the Inner Harbor under the condition that its organizers would clean up residual pollution from a copper paint factory and a whiskey warehouse that formerly occupied the site
  • The museum’s Main Building features three floors of exhibition space, and the campus includes a Tall Sculpture Barn and Wildflower Garden
  • The museum has no staff curators, preferring to use guest curators for its shows
  • Rather than focusing shows on specific artists or styles, it sponsors themed exhibitions with titles such as Wind in Your Hair and High on Life

George Peabody Library, Baltimore

  • Now part of Johns Hopkins University, the library has become focused on research into the 19th century
  • It is located on the Peabody campus at West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, across from the landmark Washington Monument

B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore

  • Museum exhibiting historic railroad equipment in Baltimore, originally opened the museum in 1953
  • It has been called one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures in the world and has the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the U.S.
  • Mount Clare is considered to be a birthplace of American railroading, as the site of the first regular railroad passenger service in the U.S., beginning on in 1830
  • It was also to this site that the first telegraph message, “What hath God wrought?” was sent in 1844, from Washington, D.C., using Samuel F. B. Morse’s electric telegraph
  • The collection includes a mile of track, considered the most historic mile of railroad track in the United States, and train rides are offered on the mile of track
  • In 2021, the museum’s Mt Clare Station building was designated as a National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site