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Best Local History & Culture in Baltimore

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Top of the World Observation Level & Museum

This observation area, on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, offers panoramic views of the Baltimore Harbor. There is also a museum that displays artifacts from Baltimore's past and a gift shop featuring the famous Maryland crab. Although school groups and tours are invited to schedule an appointment to experience the Top of the World Observation Level, the space may not be reserved for private functions.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum

Babe Ruth is so much a part of New York Yankees lore, people forget that he was born, raised and introduced to professional baseball in Baltimore. This museum celebrates the Babe's Baltimore roots, displaying his boyhood bat, the score card from his first professional game. Artifacts from his father's saloon, which stood where Oriole Park is today, are also on display. The museum is also the official repository of Orioles team memorabilia.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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American Visionary Art Museum

'Visionary Art' is a term used to describe art that is created by people who use ordinary media to express their own intensely personal ideas about life. This museum has assembled a wonderful collection of this very Visionary art. Since Visionary artists generally lack formal training, and work outside of established art traditions, their works are as bold, innovative and inspirational as the visions that spawned them. Children under six years of age are free.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Baltimore Streetcar Museum

This unusual museum called Baltimore Streetcar Museum, pays tribute to the streetcars that once dominated the city's thoroughfares. Hundreds of people—tourists and locals alike, visit each year to ride a streetcar, explore the museum's many displays, or enjoy a carhouse tour. Founded in 1966, the museum also shows a free film that traces the streetcar's evolution. A gift shop sells related memorabilia.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The nation's first wax museum of African-American history and culture features more than 100 life-life figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner and Harriet Tubman. The figures represent various periods in African-American history, from the colonial era to the present. A replica of a slave ship and an exhibit on youth complete the museum's offerings. See their website for further information. The museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday at 9a and on Sunday at 12p.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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