BNHA Maryland Historical Society


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


201 W Monument St

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The Maryland Historical Society 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.