Civil War Baltimore


Baltimore played a crucial role in the Civil War both on land and sea as a port city and a major railroad hub. Learn all about it at our many museums, including one located on the same ship that sailed during the war.

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USS Constellation 
About: USS Constellation, constructed in 1854, is a sloop-of-war/corvette and the second United States Navy ship to carry the name. According to the U.S. Naval Registry the original frigate was disassembled on 25 June 1853 in Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, and the sloop-of-war/corvette was constructed in the same yard using material salvaged from the earlier ship. Constellation is the last sail-only warship designed and built by the Navy.

Address: Pier I 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $11- Adult, $9- Senior (60+), Student (15-20), $5- Children (6-14), Free- Children under 5
Baltimore Civil War Museum at President Street Station 
About: This free museum, located in the historic President Street Station, explores the city’s connections to the Civil War and Underground Railroad; visit website for hours.

Address: 601 President St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: Free
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. During the Civil War, Fort McHenry served as a Union transfer prison camp for Southern sympathizers and confederate prisoners of war. 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
B&O Railroad Museum 
About: This fascinating, fun place for kids, families and lovers of history features the most important railroad collection in America; features seasonal train rides and free parking.

Address: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223

Cost: $18- Adults, $16- Seniors (60+), $12- Children (2-12)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture 
About: A major Inner Harbor tourist destination, this museum highlights the history and accomplishments of Maryland’s African American community, featuring exhibitions, resource centers, a cafe and a gift shop.

Address: 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Cost: $8- General Admission, $6- Children (ages 7-17), Senior (65+), Student, Free- Children under 6