What’s New in Baltimore

Baltimore Announces Milestone Anniversaries and New Visitor Experiences in 2015

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:45pm

BALTIMORE (September 2014) – Baltimore’s museums and attractions are offering visitors more to experience and re- experience this winter and throughout 2015.
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Refresh. Renew. Rejuvenate. Baltimore’s two free world-class art museums are celebrating huge milestones by undergoing major renovations and expanding their collections. As the Baltimore Museum of Art turns 100 in November, they will unveil the reopening of the historic Merrick Entrance, the renovated American Wing, and the new presentation of the BMA’s collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. This is only one phase of the BMA’s multi-year renovation project expected to be completed in April 2015 with the reopening of renovated galleries dedicated to the museum’s collection of African and Asian art. In honor of its 80th anniversary, the Walter’s Art Museum will open a new exhibit that celebrates the life of William T. and Henry Walters, the museum’s founders. The new exhibit is part of an 18-month renovation to the museum which will include upgrades to the Hackerman House and the installation of new exhibits. The Hackerman House is expected to reopen in 2016.
Jubilee 1864. November 1, 2014 marks the beginning of Freedom Month throughout the state of Maryland. Join the city of Baltimore as we commemorate Jubilee 1864, the 150th anniversary of Maryland’s abolishment of slavery. During this month-long celebration, visitors will experience various events and activities, like “Envisioning Emancipation” with noted photo historian Deborah Willis at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Explore the impact of emancipation on the African American community through the examination of a body of photographs covering emancipation celebrations, the Civil War, reunions and family life. Additional programming is currently in development in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland.
Christmastime in the City. Whether it’s seeing our very own Miracle on 34th Street in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood or enjoying “It’s A Waterfront Life,” there is something to get everyone in the holiday spirit in Baltimore this winter. New this year, Baltimore adds an outdoor ice rink to downtown’s McKeldin Square. The German-inspired Christmas Village returns to the Inner Harbor with new vendors and train rides for kids. The annual lighting of the Washington Monument takes place in December in Mount Vernon, and the holiday season will end with fireworks during Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular.
What’s New & Coming Soon

Baltimore Wicked History Tours
Fell’s Point
Launched September 2014 Baltimore Wicked History Tours plumbs the depths of Baltimore’s underbelly. While exploring the pubs and taverns in town, you’ll hear about times past when some struggled to survive and others thumbed their noses at authority. From speakeasies to underhanded villains to celebrated personalities who passed through these Baltimore streets, this is a Baltimore history tour like no other. Some might call it wicked. Come down to Fell’s Point and hear tantalizing tales of the neighborhood's scandalous past. http://wickedhistorybaltimore.com
Ice Skating Rink
McKeldin Square, Inner Harbor
Mid-November 2014
An outdoor ice rink is coming to Baltimore’s McKeldin Square! Aside from open skating times, the rink will offer skating lessons and host games of broomball, among other events. Children admission is $7 and adult admission is $9, with a skate rental fee of $3. http://waterfrontpartnership.org
The Ivy Hotel
Mount Vernon
February 2015
The Ivy Hotel will be the premiere luxury hotel in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The Ivy’s 18 guest accommodations – nine suites and nine rooms - will each have a fireplace, a private bathroom, and a character and charm all its own. Some will have balconies, and others, easy access to the boutique Ivy spa, where all treatments will be customized. The Ivy experience will be like staying in the magnificent private home this historic brownstone mansion once was: all-inclusive, sophisticated, chic and a whole lot of fun. http://theivybaltimore.com
Living Seashore
National Aquarium
Spring 2015
Living Seashore is an interactive exhibit where guests can explore the shore and touch the animals that live between the tides. This new exhibit, which spans 2,700 square feet, takes guests beyond the boardwalk to the crashing waves, sandy beaches and shifting dunes of the ever-changing Mid-Atlantic seashore, where they will encounter more than 150 animals, including clearnose skates, horseshoe crabs and moon jellies. Along the edge of two large touchpools containing 5,331 gallons of salt water, guests will be able to gently touch the prickly pointed spines of a purple sea urchin; the sleek, muscular wing of an Atlantic stingray; and the mysterious, firm bell of a pulsing moon jelly. http://aqua.org/livingseashore
Special Events & Exhibitions

Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
October 1, 2014 – January 14, 2015
To commemorate the 50th anniversary years of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, a new exhibition is on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power by City Paper photographer Joseph Giordano are nearly life-sized portraits of luminaries from these movements that create a new visual history of this era. While historic images of civil rights and Black Power leaders exist through photojournalism, Giordano uses the art of portraiture to capture their prominence as individuals. http://rflewismuseum.org
The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster
American Visionary Art Museum
October 4, 2014 – August 30, 2015

Lincoln’s Funeral Procession
B&O Railroad Museum
April 18-19, 2015
In honor of the B&O Railroad Museum’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the museum will re-enact President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in the Roundhouse to symbolize his laying in state in the Baltimore Rotunda with an exact replica of Lincoln’s casket. The weekend will include period music, military and civilian re-enactors. In addition, a B&O Civil War locomotive will be decorated as Lincoln’s funeral train and will be on exhibit throughout the remainder of 2015. www.borail.org
A Monumental Bicentennial
Mount Vernon Place
July 4, 2015
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy will host “A Monumental Bicentennial” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Baltimore’s iconic Washington Monument, the first monument in America dedicated to George Washington. The patriotic celebration will include an official re-dedication, an American Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, tours of the Monument, as well as family-fun hands-on activities. The Conservancy recently completed a $5.5 million restoration of the Monument. www.facebook.com/mountvernonplace
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Moneé Cottman

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