BNHA Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine


Authentic Baltimore

Chesapeake Bay Gateway

Baltimore City Landmark

National Register of Historic Places

Interpretive Framework

Upholding Independence: Baltimore and the War of 1812

Star Attractions

Heritage Walk

Resource Type

Points of Interest


2400 E Fort Ave

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is home to two of America’s most powerful symbols: the National Anthem and the Star-Spangled Banner flag. It was at the fort in September 1814 during the War of 1812 that this embattled garrison held off a massive bombardment and attempted invasion by a British naval fleet. The British assault on Baltimore was intended to destroy Fell’s Point’s fleet of privateers, as well as the 20 shipyards there that produced swift Baltimore clippers used to capture British ships. Francis Scott Key, who witnessed the attack, was so overjoyed to see the flag still flying “by dawn's early light" that he scribbled lyrics to a song that would soon be known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Today, the original fort still remains, providing a unique glimpse into our nation’s past. A new visitor center features interactive exhibits, artifacts, and an exciting introductory film. Various demonstrations and talks are scheduled each day.