Museums in Inner Harbor


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  • Fine Host
    Saying that someone “wrote the book” on a topic is usually an exaggeration. Not so for photographer David Muse, whose resume not only boasts breathtaking glimpses of Baltimore’s coastline, but also the book he penned entitled Photographing Baltimore, Annapolis, and MD’s Eastern Shore. David’s combined encyclopedic knowledge of photographic techniques and the city he calls home harmonizes perfectly into his walking photo safaris, which lead students through the visual splendors of the ocean side city while imparting camera fundamentals. During his Inner Harbor Tour, which was praised by Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post, Muse inspires his students to capture stories of the city as they point their lenses at the harbor's bobbing boats, towering World Trade Center, and wavering reflection the iconic Domino Sugar sign, all the while expounding on optimal aperture openings and which flash settings can blind a rabid Ravens fan. All of David's events—from his historic Fells Point photo safaris to his wildlife photography weekends and West Virginia countryside workshops—all weave in his expert tips, hands-on instruction, and thoughtful, professional critiques of each student's work.
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    601 Light St
    Baltimore, MD US
  • Historic Ships
    A trip to the Inner Harbor isn’t complete without a visit to the historic ships. Kids can board the 19th-century USS Constellation to learn about the lives of boys who served as “powder monkeys” during the Civil War, or explore the decks of the World War II-era submarine USS Torsk.
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    301 E Pratt St
    Baltimore, MD US
  • Top of the World
    Few other places, if any, offer the panoramic views of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay afforded by Top of the World. Located on the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, the observatory features unimpeded 360-degree views that look out onto the city and its historic Inner Harbor. But no picture of Maryland's urban center would be complete without a zoom-in on its people. Here, that's provided by local guides who reveal fascinating facts and personal reminiscences about the city. They also dole out mini history lessons about Baltimore's most famous residents, including star Ravens quarterback Edgar Allen Poe.
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    401 E Pratt St
    Baltimore, MD US
  • National Aquarium
    Home to more than 17,000 animals including jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and honeycomb stingrays, the exhibits here immerse kids in underwater life. Visitors can meet piranhas and caimans in the Amazon River Forest or go eye-to-eye with ocean predators in the 225,000-gallon, ring-shaped Shark Alley.
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    501 East Pratt Street
    Baltimore, MD US
  • American Visionary Art Museum
    The American Visionary Art Museum devotes its space to original work by self-taught artists who honed their craft—often unintentionally—while operating on the outskirts of the formal art world. As temporary exhibitions explore a particular artist or theme in depth, the permanent collection displays thousands of powerful and often whimsical items, such as Andrew Logan's mirror-winged Black Icarus, or the haunting Applewood Figure, an emaciated sculpture said to wince whenever someone eats a piece of fruit. The museum spreads its arresting pieces throughout three historical buildings, including the expansive main building, which boasts a reflective mirrored-mosaic exterior and neighbors the Tall Sculpture Barn, an ex-whiskey warehouse fully equipped with 45-foot ceilings for large-scale projects. A wildflower garden—complete with meditation chapel—and a sculpture plaza featuring a 55-foot whirligig beckon visitors to the museum's outdoor space, where envious clouds shape themselves into crude versions of Pietà. Completing any trip, the museum's Sideshow gift shop stuffs shopping bags with an ever-rotating collection of eclectic artwork, jewelry, toys, and more.
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    800 Key Highway
    Baltimore, MD US
  • Sports Legends At Camden Yards
    The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum provide athletics addicts with a one-two punch of sporting history, using priceless artifacts and multimedia exhibits to illuminate the lives and deeds of some of America?s greatest athletic heroes. Visit the Sultan of Swat?s first home, also known as The House That Built Ruth, to view the bedroom in which he was born, relics such as his childhood catcher?s mitt, and exhibits touching on his professional accomplishments and personal life.
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    301 W Camden St
    Baltimore, MD US

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