Star-Spangled History

Itinerary

As the birthplace of the national anthem, Baltimore has a lot of star-spangled history. Learn about the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, and the making of the flag he saw flying over the harbor that inspired the famous poem.

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The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House 
About: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House allows you to step into living history and immerse yourself in one of the most riveting stories in our nation’s history – the creation of the American flag – in the original home of Mary Pickersgill, the flag creator herself.

Address: 844 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $8- Adults, $7- Seniors and Military, $6- Students, Free- Children under 6 The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House allows you to step into living history and immerse yourself in one of the most riveting stories in our nation’s history – the creation of the American flag – in the original home of Mary Pickersgill, the flag creator herself.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site 
About: This 18th-century brick fort defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American national anthem. Park rangers offer visitor programs and special events that highlight the park’s history. Visit the birthplace of 'The Star-Spangled Banner!'

Address: 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230

Cost: $10 for those over the age of 16, and free for those under
Maryland Historical Society 
About:The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is not only one of Baltimore’s most legendary attractions, but also the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. Founded in 1844, MdHS remains the state’s premier historical institution, and continues to collect, preserve and interpret remnants of Maryland’s history and heritage.

Address: 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Cost: $9- Adults, $7- Seniors, $6- Students, Children 3-18, Free- Children under 3
Battle Monument 
About: This memorial between the two Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses commemorates the Battle of Baltimore and those who died during the month of September 1814 during the War of 1812. The 39-foot-tall monument is unusual because it has an Egyptian Revival centopath base that suggests a tomb. The names of soldiers who died during the battle are carved in a column, and griffins stand at each corner of the base.

Address: 111 N Calvert Street, Battle Monument Square (Calvert Street between Fayette and Lexington streets)

Cost: Free
Baltimore Spirit Cruises 
About: Kick back and relax as you take in the sights and enjoy an animated narration of Baltimore’s rich history on a climate-controlled cruise. Get an insider’s view of Baltimore’s historic places and the world-famous Inner Harbor.

Address: 571 S. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Cost: Varies based on time and date