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View of Baltimore's city skyline.

View of Baltimore's city skyline. Photograph by Jason Varney.

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

Located two blocks from Camden Yards, Babe Ruth’s Birthplace features rare Ruthian artifacts and the new “Champions” exhibit showcasing the 1983 World Series and Super Bowl V trophies along with artifacts from other championship athletes or teams. Safely tour Fri-Sun 10-4, with facemasks and hand sanitizing stations, or reserve a private tour for your group or family.

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The property was leased by Babe’s maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, who made his living as an upholsterer.

By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. Hirsh Goldberg, press secretary for Baltimore’s Mayor Theodore McKeldin, launched a successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace, which opened to the public as a national shrine in July 1974. The not-for-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. was formed to govern the operation. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe’s widow, Claire; his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia; and his sister, Mamie, who was also born at 216 Emory Street.

In 1983, the operation expanded to become the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that signed Ruth to his first professional contract. At that time, the Foundation began formally operating as the Babe Ruth Museum. In 1985 the Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, designated the Museum as the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, who had departed the previous year for Indianapolis. 

 

 

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

216 Emory St. Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-1539

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