For nearly three centuries, people from around the world have arrived in Baltimore to plant new roots and follow their dreams. In the early 1800s, Baltimore was the second largest port of entry into the United States, after Ellis Island. It’s no surprise that the city’s museums, monuments, and festivals reflect such a diverse tapestry of culture, art and history. Come to Baltimore and dive in.
Explore Baltimore’s Historical Attractions
In Baltimore, monuments and memorials honoring great leaders—from Frederick Douglass to Simon Bolivar—dot the city’s streets and corners. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, and The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum celebrate the amazing journey of African-Americans in Maryland and across the country. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry tell the story of Baltimore’s beginnings. The story of the Jewish experience unfolds at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, with the nation’s largest single collection of regional Jewish Americana. At the Maryland Historical Society, the story of Maryland’s history comes to life through exhibits, fine art and treasured artifacts.
Get Inspired by the Arts
Art is an expression of our rich, cultural heritage. At the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, explore collections of ancient art from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Contemporary art, with thought-provoking exhibits and modern-day perspectives on everyday life, is also featured at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art, the American Visionary Art Museum and Sub-Basement Artist Studios.
Each summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive on Baltimore’s Mount Royal Avenue for America’s largest free public arts festival, Artscape. The outdoor festival presents an eclectic collection of pottery, paintings and sculpture by local artists, along with live concerts, food and kids’ entertainment.
Baltimore’s performing arts scene is a dynamic mix of music, dance and theater. Don’t miss shows at performance and theater spaces like CENTERSTAGE, Arena Players, the Creative Alliance, Everyman Theatre, the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Experience Multicultural Music and Cuisine
Baltimore’s festivals are perfect venues to enjoy outdoor fun with family and friends. Are you ready to get on your feet? East Baltimore’s Patterson Park comes alive with color, music and dance during LatinoFest, a day-long event featuring live music and Latino cuisine. The African American Festival is the largest festival of its kind on the East Coast, celebrating African-American music, culture and cuisine. Baltimore’s annual Caribbean Festival celebrates the sounds of Trinidad and Jamaica, with bright, traditional costumes and the delicious samples of Caribbean fare. The St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival ushers in the summer with a celebration of the music, food and culture of the Greek Islands. And East Indian, African-American, Polish, Korean and Native American festivals dance through the city during the summer months.
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