Museums in Maryland

Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Up to Eight on Thursday–Sunday at Sandy Spring Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Sandy Spring Museum

Ashton - Sandy Spring

Local museum explores the area’s history as a Quaker community and historic hub of Maryland with rotating and permanent exhibits

$10 $5

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Admission for Two or Four at National Museum of Civil War Medicine (Up to 71% Off)

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Multiple Locations

Museum with an authentic Civil War surgeon's tent, a 19th century holding coffin, and dioramas detailing medical evacuations

$29 $10

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Berkeley Plantation Visit for Two or Four (Half Off)

Berkeley Plantation

Charles City

In period garb, guides lead tours of a Georgian mansion built in 1726 follow by self-guided tours of its garden, situated on the James River

$22 $11

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Admission for Two or Four or One-Year Family Membership at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (Up to 50% Off)

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Salisbury

Collection of 2,000+ wood-carved birds such as eagles, owls, and swans, and a reconstructed wetland that features decoys and hunting gear

$24 $14

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Admission for an Adult and One or Two Children to The Original Playhouse Children's Museum ( 50% Off)

The Original Playhouse Children's Museum

New Market

Kids explore science, art, and dramatic play through hands-on engaging activities

$60 $30

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Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum (Up to 54% Off) 

Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

Babel Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Two museums celebrate Baltimore’s sports history: one located at Babe Ruth’s childhood home, the other at a historic former train station

$24 $12

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Admission for Two Adults or Family of Four to Baltimore Museum of Industry (Up to 50% Off)

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Inner Harbor South

Museumgoers explore industrial artifacts, including 1865 cannery and last operating steam tugboat in America

$38 $19

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Outing for Two or Four with Gift-Store Credit at Reginald F. Lewis Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Jonestown

View a fragment of original Star-Spangled Banner flag for its bicentennial; enjoy live music from gospel to jazz and soul food in the café

$26 $14

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Admission for Two or Four to Jewish Museum of Maryland (Up to 41% Off)

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Jonestown

Two historic synagogues feature a ritual bath from 1845 and a hand-carved ark; exhibits interpret Jewish-American life and identity

$16 $10

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Visit for Two or Four to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards (Up to 54% Off)

Babe Ruth Birthplace/Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards

Multiple Locations

Exhibits about Babe Ruth’s life and career fill his birthplace; exhibits about Maryland baseball educate visitors at Camden Station

$24 $12

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Visit for Two or Four to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards (Up to 54% Off)

Babe Ruth Birthplace/Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards

Multiple Locations

Exhibits about Babe Ruth’s life and career fill his birthplace; exhibits about Maryland baseball educate visitors at Camden Station

$24 $12

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Outing for Two or a One-Year Family Membership to Geppi's Entertainment Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Southern Baltimore

Nearly 6,000 artifacts chart 250 years of US pop culture at this Camden Station museum

$20 $10

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Established: 2005

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 25?50

Parking: Parking garage

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Most popular offering: African-American art, history, culture

Pro Tip: $6 validated parking is directly across the street at the PMI Parking Garage.

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates the achievements of African Americans, especially those from Maryland?which often means expanding on grade-school history lessons. For instance, Betsy Ross is typically credited with making the first American flag. However, one of the museum's rotating exhibits reveals that Grace Wisher, an African American indentured servant, also worked on the original star spangled banner. Dubbed "For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People," that exhibit was recognized as one of the country's best in the summer of 2014 by USA Today?in part because it featured a scrap of the real, first flag, covered in the bald eagle feathers that filled the air back then. That's just one of the myriad rotating exhibits that the museum has hosted, to complement permanent collections that highlight Maryland African Americans' endurance through two centuries of slavery, and their artistic and intellectual innovations.

Q&A with Helen Yuen, Director Of Marketing

What sets your business apart from your competition?

A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the east coast?s largest African-American museum. Besides rotating exhibitions, enjoy live musical performances from gospel jazz to steel drums. Films in our theater have enriched audiences on the history of soul food, civil rights, and more. For families, programs like art workshops and living history bring our mission to life. Lectures and our resource center enrich what you'll find in our permanent collection. We also nourish the body with the best soul food in Baltimore at our museum cafe. Visit our website for a full calendar of events.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

To showcase the rich contributions of Maryland African Americans, from Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall to the unsung heroes who helped make Maryland what it is today.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Having people experience something new, different, and enriching to their lives.

830 E Pratt St.
Baltimore,
MD
US

Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.

1801 Parkside Drive NW
Washington,
DC
US

The night sky lay heavy over the rolling hills of Gettysburg. In a tent among his fellows in the Union Army, Private Ron Angleberger woke from a restless sleep to the blaring of a cavalry horn and the earth-shaking rumble of hundreds of horses on the charge. He raced outside his tent with the other Civil War reenactors to discover that there were no horses present, and, in the eerie silence that followed the apparition, the regiments of actors realized they might have been privy to one of General Custer's July 3rd charges. This incident, along with a love for history and similar paranormal experiences on the many battlefields around Frederick, led Ron to form Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick and Mount Olivet Cemetery History Tours.

Today, Ron's tours explore the bone-chilling histories of Frederick's most haunted abodes as he tells stories of their inhabitants both living and dead.

515 South Market Street
Frederick,
MD
US

Dust off your Dadaist translations of Dan Brown's epic The Faerie Queene and get some feedback on your hard work with today's Groupon. For $30, you get $75 toward creative writing workshops at The Writer's Center in Bethesda. The Writer's Center offers up to 300 workshops in a variety of genres each year, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting (or "rap-smithing"), literary translation, and writing for public relations and marketing. Get up to two Groupons to put toward the same or multiple classes, or inspire a friend to pursue her children's Jacobian drama when you gift a Groupon.

4508 Walsh St
Chevy Chase,
MD
US

It's easy to think of artists as solitary people locked away in their studios—Mark Rothko withdrawing to obsess over the interplay between his blockish swaths of color or Jackson Pollock dangling a dripping brush over a canvas on the floor of an empty room. This is the exact opposite experience Michele Foshee wants people to have at artventureUs! An accomplished designer with clients including National Geographic and the White House, Michele sees painting as an engaging social experience where friends and complete strangers can share an adventure as they paint both original pieces and re-creations of famous works, such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss.

Some classes include wine, and students don’t need experience, since Michele and her instructors take a step-by-step approach to teaching the basics of working with acrylic paints. They also furnish participants with every supply they'll need from a closet full of aprons, canvases, Greek muses, and paintbrushes. In addition to leading public classes, the team at artventureUs! organizes private painting parties.

316 Main St, Ste 50
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Held June 4–5, the Secret Garden Tour invites guests to meander through 12–14 private gardens in a historic neighborhood built on the banks of Spa Creek. Among the tour's palatial plots is the historic John Ridout House garden at 120 Duke of Gloucester Street, sight of John Quincy Adams' 1780 tickling duel. The Ridout garden will be open to Hammond-Harwood members and will be open only on Saturday, June 4.

19 Maryland Ave
Annapolis,
MD
US