Black History Month
While there are always events scheduled in Baltimore to celebrate Black History month, you can learn about Baltimore's history any time of the year, as well as the stories of the people who helped make Baltimore the place it is today.
Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O
B&O Railroad Museum
February 1-28, 2014
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad's line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars.
Celebrate Cultural Heritage
National Aquarium’s Cultural Series, presented by Macy’s, celebrates Black History Month with an event for the entire family! Enjoy live performances, dance, music, cultural demonstrations, and arts and crafts honoring African American heritage. Friday’s After Five tickets are just $12!
Free African American Family Festival
The Walters Art Museum
February 22, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Honor African-American women who have made the world a beautiful place through song, story, and art. Sway to the songs of Baltimore’s own Billie Holiday, create art inspired by local women artists and collaborate on a large-scale community project.
To Catch a Thief: Constellation Fights the Slave Trade
Saturdays & Sundays in February, 3 p.m.
Constellation's proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves. Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation's active career combating the slave trade and her exciting pursuit and capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans. Open to all visitors and included with regular admission; no reservations are required.
Joyous Noise: Music and Baltimore's African American Voice - Brown Bag Lecture Series
City Hall - Board of Estimates Room
February 7 & 21, 2014, Noon - 1 p.m.
In commemoration of Black History Month, the February lecture series honors Baltimore’s African American community and its contributions in music and the arts. The lectures begin at noon and end around 1 pm. Feel free to bring lunch. Photo ID is necessary to enter Baltimore City Hall.
- February 7 - Rhapsody in Blue: The Life of Baltimore Opera Singer Anne Brown
- February 21 - Ellis Larkins: Baltimore's Poet of the Piano
Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
Through April 27, 2014
“Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond” showcases the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from or was influenced by African Americans, including the important contributions of publishing executives at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. This special exhibit will embrace the totality of black comics. With a significant focus on black creators and their art, the exhibit will pull together experts, essayists, filmmakers and creators from inside and outside the world of comic books to fully explore the successes, triumphs, failures and expectations for the future of this vital component of our national fabric.
The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey –
Where Art and History Intersect
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
November 1, 2013 - March 2, 2014
The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect is a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents, and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. The exhibition includes Civil War–related documents, an early version of the Emancipation Proclamation and vintage photographs and contemporary African American art.
The Legends & Legacies Heritage Pass provides you discounted entry into three of Baltimore’s most celebrated African-American attractions and saves you 20% over single tickets prices.
The Baltimore Legends & Legacies Heritage Pass celebrates the inspiring lives and achievements of everyday people who changed the course of history.
This exclusive pass gets you discounted admission to the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park.
Individual tickets may be purchased at the Baltimore Visitor Center on the Inner Harbor’s West Shore Promenade, by telephone at 888-262-4511 or online. For questions regarding Group Passes (10 or more) please call 800-343-3468 x 7090 .
Adults (18-59): $19.95
Children (6-17): $14.95
Seniors (60+): $16.75
Call 888-262-4511 or click here to purchase.
The call center hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
What is your legacy? Be inspired.
Driven by passion, vision and courage, African-American activists, artists and thinkers have made their mark on the world. Explore their stories with the Legends & Legacies Experience Pass which includes admission to three museums:
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum features an unforgettable Middle Passage exhibit, including its famous replica slave ship, and more than 100 life-size wax figures of famous African Americans.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture shares the stories of African-American Marylanders who made an impact on American history, art and culture.
The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park celebrates the lives of its namesakes and the first African-American Shipyard – The Chesapeake Marine Railway & Dry Dock Co. founded in 1868.
The Baltimore Legends & Legacies Heritage Pass is good for one-time admission for three consecutive days to each of the three museums above. Visitors must specify a start date. This pass offers both individual and group discounts for parties of 10 or more and may not be combined with any other offers or discounts. Tour guides may be requested for an additional fee by contacting each museum separately. All purchases are final. There are no refunds for unused tickets. Hours of operation vary by museum. Click here for up-to-date hours. Tickets are available on this website up until 3 days prior to start date of the pass. After that, passes may be purchased by calling 1-877-Baltimore, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., or by coming to the Baltimore Visitor Center, located at 401 Light Street, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor West Shore, daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Some dates may be unavailable due to venue blackouts.
Plan your trip!
- Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! October 5, 2013 - August 31, 2014 | All Day
- Civil War Trains Exhibit August 16, 2012 - December 31, 2015 | All Day
- In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland during the War of 1812 June 10, 2012 - December 31, 2014 | All Day
- The War Came By Train: American Civil War 150th Anniversary April 30, 2011 - December 31, 2015 | All Day
- Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause February 11, 2014 - September 1, 2014 | 10:00am - 5:00pm