BNHA Baltimore Civil War Museum


Authentic Baltimore

Interpretive Framework

Gaining Freedom for All: African American Heritage and the Struggle for Equality

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Resource Type


601 S President St

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The city’s Civil War museum is located in President Street Station, a historic railroad station notable for its connections to the war. In February 1861, President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, traveling incognito to avoid an assassination plot, secretly arrived at President Street Station to make the connection to trains southbound to Washington. Just two months after Lincoln’s trip, the first blood of the Civil War spilled near President Street Station as troops en route to Washington clashed with southern sympathizers. President Street Station and the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad were key components of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes used by slaves to escape north to free states and Canada. Numerous exhibits explore these connections and how the war impacted Baltimore.