BNHA Maryland Center for History and Culture


Authentic Baltimore

Interpretive Framework

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

Seeking Prosperity on the Chesapeake: Baltimore History from Colonial Times through the 1800s

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

Upholding Independence: Baltimore and the War of 1812

Star Attractions

Charles Street Byway

Cultural Walk

Resource Type


610 Park Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Maryland Center for History and Culture has permanent and special exhibitions on significant facets of both city and state history. Current exhibitions include “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War,” a comprehensive exhibit on the war’s impact on a state and “In Full Glory Reflected,” a comprehensive exhibit on Baltimore and the War of 1812. A highlight of the exhibit is the oldest known surviving manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Along with this national icon, the exhibit showcases paintings and artifacts.