Baltimore Museums Walking Tour, Baltimore

Baltimore Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Baltimore

In just a few hours on your next trip to Baltimore, you can get a unique flavor of the history of the city at its great museums. There's Edgar Allan Poe House, the birthplace of American railroading at B & O Railroad Museum and celebrity dentures at the National Museum of Dentistry.
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Baltimore Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Baltimore Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Baltimore (See other walking tours in Baltimore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
  • B & O Railroad Museum
  • National Museum of Dentistry
  • Walters Art Museum
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum
  • Baltimore Civil War Museum
  • Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum & Maritime Park
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

1) Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum (must see)

The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, located at 203 Amity St. in Baltimore is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe in the 1830s. Now open as a museum, the small unassuming structure is a typical row home, and also houses the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972. Due to a loss of a subsidy from the city of Baltimore, the Museum may soon have to close its doors.

The Poe House is a 2½ story two-bay brick structure with a gabled metal roof. The front door is on the left side of the west elevation, at the top of a wood stoop. The house is flanked on the north by a contiguous building. A single gabled dormer is centered in the west roof. To the rear a two story ell projects from the south side of the main block. The house sits on the western edge of an active low-income housing project in the west Baltimore neighborhood of Poppleton.

The house is entered through the front living room, with a dining room to the rear and two steps down. From the dining room narrow stairs lead to the dirt-floored basement and the second floor. Two bedrooms occupy the second floor, and stairs lead to a small attic or garret, which may have been occupied by Poe. The house retains the majority of its original woodwork.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
B & O Railroad Museum

2) B & O Railroad Museum (must see)

The B&O Railroad Museum is a museum exhibiting historic railroad equipment in Baltimore, originally named the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum when it opened on July 4, 1953. It has been called one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures in the world and has the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the U.S. The museum is located in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's old Mount Clare Station and adjacent roundhouse, part of the B&O's sprawling Mount Clare Shops site begun in 1829, the oldest railroad manufacturing complex in the United States.

The collection includes 250 pieces of railroad rolling stock, 15,000 artifacts, 5000 cubic feet (140 m³) of archival material, four significant 19th-century buildings, including the historic roundhouse, and a mile of track, considered the most historic mile of railroad track in the United States. Train rides are offered on the mile of track on Wednesday through Sunday from April through December and weekends in January. In 2002, the museum had 160,000 visitors annually.

The museum also features an outdoor G-scale layout, an indoor HO scale model, and a wooden model train that children will enjoy climbing on. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, local model railroad groups set up large layouts on the roundhouse floor and in select locations on the grounds of the museum. A museum store offers toys, books, DVDs and other railroad-related items.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 11 am - 4 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
National Museum of Dentistry

3) National Museum of Dentistry

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry - located in Baltimore and opened in 1996—preserves and exhibits the history of dentistry in United States and throughout the world. Situated on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, home of the world's first dental school, it exhibits numerous artifacts concerning dentistry throughout the ages as well as exhibits on oral health and dentistry professionals. Highlights of the collection include George Washington's not-so-wooden dentures, Queen Victoria's dental instruments, and the world's only Tooth Jukebox.

The museum has also been honored by receiving congressional designation as the nation’s official dental museum (2003) and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Operation hours: by appointment only
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Walters Art Museum

4) Walters Art Museum (must see)

The Walters Art Museum, located in Baltimore, Maryland's Mount Vernon neighborhood, is a public art museum founded in 1934. The museum's collection was amassed substantially by two men, William Thompson Walters (1819–1894), who began serious collecting when he moved to Paris at the outbreak of the American Civil War, and his son Henry Walters (1848–1931), who refined the collection and rehoused it in a palazzo building on Charles Street which opened in 1909. Upon his death, Henry Walters bequeathed the collection of over 22,000 works and the original Charles Street palazzo building to the city of Baltimore, “for the benefit of the public.” The collection touches masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance bronzes, Old Master and 19th-century paintings, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, and Art Deco jewelry.

In 2000, the Walters Art Gallery changed its name to the Walters Art Museum to reflect its image as a large public institution. The following year, the museum reopened its largest building after a dramatic three-year renovation.

Starting Sunday, October 1, 2006, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum began having free admission year-round as a result of grants given by Baltimore City and Baltimore County. In 2012 the museum released nearly 20,000 of its own images of the collections on a Creative Commons license, and collaborated in their upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Port Discovery Children's Museum

5) Port Discovery Children's Museum (must see)

Port Discovery Children's Museum is a children's museum located in Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor.

The former Baltimore Children's Museum, originally housed in The Cloisters in Lutherville, Maryland, was re-opened as Port Discovery in December 1998. Walt Disney Imagineering designed the Museum's permanent exhibits.

Port Discovery has served over 2.5 million visitors and ranks among the Top 5 Children's Museums in the U.S. by Child Magazine (February 2002) and Best Children's Museums in the U.S. by Forbes. In January 2011, Port Discovery was designated as a “Good to Grow Museum” for promoting healthy living for families. This national recognition comes from the Association of Children's Museums. Port Discovery is located in the site of Baltimore's historic Fishmarket Building.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm; Saturday: 10 am- 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Baltimore Civil War Museum

6) Baltimore Civil War Museum

The Baltimore Civil War Museum is operated by the Maryland Historical Society. This museum has exhibits that describe the most volatile times in American history. It provides information about the Civil War and slaves' escape through the Underground Railroad. It's also a great place to learn more about the state of Maryland and its pivotal position in US history.

Operation hours: Friday-Monday: 10 am - 4 pm.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum & Maritime Park

7) Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum & Maritime Park

The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum & Maritime Park is an important part of African American heritage as well as maritime history. It offers wonderful views of the Inner Harbor, and includes a large space for permanent and temporary galleries and learning centers. The building itself used to be owned by Isaac Myers, an African American who was a leader and founder of Cheasapeake Railway. You can learn more about him inside the museum.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday 12:00 am - 4:00 pm

Walking Tours in Baltimore, Maryland

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baltimore is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore has many great landmarks that reflect the city’s interesting and rich history. Many of these monuments are related to war due to Baltimore's key role in the War of 1812. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Constellation or admire amazing horse sculptures at the War Memorial.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Baltimore's Historical Churches

Baltimore's Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

This tour is dedicated to the African American Heritage of Baltimore. You'll be impressed by the many fantastic attractions in the city that reflect the many African-Americans who served to add great value to the lives of people in the community. Take this walking tour to learn more about African American Heritage in Baltimore

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 Km or 6 Miles
Baltimore's Architectural Jewels

Baltimore's Architectural Jewels

There's no better way to witness Baltimore's rich history than by going to see its many wonderful buildings and other architectural sights. This tour includes Mount Vernon Place United and a historic district featuring houses built in the early 19th Century. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these places on your trip to Baltimore.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour

Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles