'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.
The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the 'Star Spangled Banner'. The fort is best known for the part it played during the War of 1812, successfully holding off an attack by the British Navy. When Scott Key saw the flag still flying over the fort after surviving the attack, he wrote the poem that became the national anthem. Today, the fort is a National Historic Park. The restored barracks hold exhibits of military and historical artifacts and a well-kept trail runs along the water's edge, affording spectacular views of ships entering and leaving the busy harbor.
The soul of this museum is its spacious wing dedicated to Modern Art masters like Rothko, de Kooning, Pollock and their contemporaries. The museum has the second largest private collection of Andy Warhol's works. It also features Oceanic and American Indian art, a sizable Old Masters collection and a beautiful sculpture garden. The BMA is also home to the Cone collection, which is a treasury of Early Modern masterpieces.
This 173-acre (70 hectares) woodland park in the heart of Baltimore offers nature lovers a respite from the noise and congestion of the city. Formerly an estate, the home and grounds are open to visitors today and include a horticultural reference library, a bird and nature museum and a gift shop. The grounds include formal and woodland gardens and trails. Throughout the year, symposiums, workshops and exhibits on a variety of horticultural-related subjects are held.
The historic vessels and landmarks of this museum bring to life the history of American naval power. The US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (surviving warship in Pearl Harbor), USS Torsk (fired last two torpedoes in World War II), the lightship Chesapeake (served as floating lighthouse for 40 years) and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (helped sailors navigate Chesapeake Bay for more than 100 years) all played a vital and heroic role in US military war and peacekeeping. Special student programs are also available at Historic Ships in Baltimore.
Housed in the renovated American Can Co., the Chesapeake Wine Co. offers tastings every Tuesday beginning at 7p. Each tasting features about eight wines that share a common theme, accompanied by bread and cheese. On occasion, a local restaurant will offer food. After the tasting, you can buy the wines that were featured at discounted prices. Chesapeake also offers the chance to learn about your favorite wine. During each class, students taste six to eight wines and hear about their history. Reservations are required.
Housed inside a beautiful structure inside the Johns Hopkins University campus, the George Peabody Library stocks a magnificent collection of over 300,000 books. The library was initiated in 1860 with an aim to provide latest literary material covering all branches of knowledge except law and medicine. These books, mostly belonging to the 18th and the 19th Century, provide perfect research material covering British art and architecture, History of America, Biographies, English and American literature as well as Greek and Latin classics and an exploration section for exclusive collection of maps. A majestic place for book lovers, the place is often referred to as the 'Cathedral of Books'. Visit the university website for library catalog and event updates.
This historic home was labeled as a historic site in 1973. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the original owner of the home, was the first American-born woman to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She founded the first order of nuns in the United States in the 19th century and was also responsible for founding one of the nation's first parochial schools in Baltimore. The house was named a historical site after nine years of renovations starting in 1963. Furniture and artifacts from the 19th century are still displayed in the home, which is open to the public on weekends and by appointment.
Mystic Whaler, which was built in 1967, underwent a touch up in 1993 and was fitted with the best navigational equipment. Spend a day or three beautiful days under its pretty white sails, cruising along the blue waters of the Thames River. Watch the beautiful structures of the Fort Griswold, Fort Thrumbull and the Ledge Lighthouse as you slide over the waters. Food doesn't take a back seat—the meals served are delicious! Enjoy these scenic views and the cool breeze under the sober sun—cruises run right from late September until mid October. Advance booking is advisable as it accommodates only 34 people.
This thirty-eight year old collection dating from 1800 to 1950 features over forty antique dolls houses, kitchens, shops, theaters and castles. The collection also features an Apothecary Shop with antique toiletry and pharmaceutical items. Age old candy and cigar boxes and bottles are also on display. Something that makes this collection even more unique is that all these pieces of antique toys are hand-crafted. This place is a delight for children and adults alike.
Located in the historic Jonestown, the 234 feet tall brick tower was, at one time the tallest structure in the country. The tower was designed by Jacob Wolfe and was functional between 1828 and 1892. It was used to make shot balls of lead, which were required in firearms. In 1972, it was declared as a national historic landmark. Come and have a look at this interesting structure, the walls of which are 4.5 feet thick!