The American flag puts in long hours faithfully representing America from the tops of the nation's poles, but it only won popularity after cosmetic surgeons enhanced its visage with broad stripes and bright stars. Discover our ambitious banner's background with today's Groupon to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House on East Pratt Street. The home and flag factory of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the original star-spangled banner in 1813, the Flag House shelters a slew of early 19th-century memorabilia and actors impersonating the building's former residents, all of which can be experienced during a guided tour. The family membership gets an entire household one inspiring year of access to the museum, as well as additional perks such as discounts on tours and events, a subscription to The Star, 10% off gift shop purchases, and one private dinner with Francis Scott Key's ghost.
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Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was built in 1793, originally owned by the Young-Pickersgill family. Mary Pickersgill, maker of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag, is among the historical figures portrayed. Mary and her family—including her mother, Rebecca Young, and her apprentice, Grace Wisher—describe life in the 19th century and how Mary stitched the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's poem and the national anthem.
After exploring the house on 30- to 40-minute self-guided or docent-led tours, guests can learn about America's defense of the Chesapeake Bay against the British navy, which culminated in the battle that inspired Key's verse. The first floor's permanent exhibition gallery focuses on that defense with artifacts such as a drum used by an American soldier during the bombardment of Ft. McHenry. Kid attendees, meanwhile, can head over to the Discovery Gallery to whip up a pretend meal at a replica of the Flag House kitchen or design their own flag to string up on the gallery's flagpole.
844 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202Get Directions