Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 779-6166
Fax: (410) 528-7771
Arts & Museums
Port Discovery offers interactive fun for the whole family. The young and young at heart will enjoy the Dream Lab and the Exploration Center, where visitors make their dreams come true and learn how to make their own art and jewelry. Children are particularly amused by Port Discovery's three-story treehouse, where they are encouraged to climb, crawl, swing and slide. The museum is also a great place for your child's birthday party. See their website for further details. The museum will have special winter hours and limited weekend hours in September due to exhibit maintenance.
This lovely museum is dedicated to preserving Maryland's Jewish heritage. Rotating exhibits provide a fascinating look at important historical events, as well as glimpses of day-to-day Jewish life. Past exhibits have focused on everything from the synagogues that grace Baltimore's neighborhoods to the 'Tchotchkes' that decorate ordinary Jewish homes. The museum also offers genealogical consultations by appointment, a well-stocked book store and a museum shop.
Discover Maryland's rich African-American legacy at this fantastic museum named after Reginald F. Lewis, an illustrious Baltimore businessman. Through its numerous exhibits, the museum tells the story of the earliest African-American influences on state's culture and how it has progressed since. Permanent exhibits at the museum include the Things Hold, Lines Connect Gallery, the Building America Gallery as well as the Strength Of The Mind Gallery, that cover a myriad of topics from the times of slavery to contributions by leading figures. Tours of the facility are available. Check website for more.
This historic house from the 18th Century is the place that Mary Pickersgill sewed the flag that would become the Star-Spangled Banner during the War of 1812. The flag flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, and when a poet named Francis Scott Key saw the flag still flying proudly after the battle, he was inspired to write the poem that would become the American National Anthem. The house is now attached to a museum about the War of 1812 and the making of the famous flag.
This observation area, on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, offers panoramic views of the Baltimore Harbor. There is also a museum that displays artifacts from Baltimore's past and a gift shop featuring the famous Maryland crab. Although school groups and tours are invited to schedule an appointment to experience the Top of the World Observation Level, the space may not be reserved for private functions.
Commissioned in 1855, the USS Constellation was the last all-sail ship built by the United States Navy. Today, the historic vessel lies at anchor in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where visitors can climb aboard and learn about the ship's history, including its mission to disrupt the slave trade and its latter role in delivering famine relief supplies to Ireland.
A nice little Gallery tucked away in the Inner Harbor, the Watermark Gallery exhibits local artists who are hand picked for shows. On some nights the gallery hosts readings by local authors as well. The artwork is all affordable priced, with the added advantage of knowing that your money is going to support the work of Baltimore's artists.
The historic vessels and landmarks of this museum bring to life the history of American naval power. The US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (surviving warship in Pearl Harbor), USS Torsk (fired last two torpedoes in World War II), the lightship Chesapeake (served as floating lighthouse for 40 years) and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (helped sailors navigate Chesapeake Bay for more than 100 years) all played a vital and heroic role in US military war and peacekeeping. Special student programs are also available at Historic Ships in Baltimore.
The works of H.L. Mencken, the sage of Baltimore and Edgar Allan Poe, another writer often associated with the city, can be explored at this library. In fact, two rooms are devoted to their writings and their lives. One of the largest libraries in the county, the Enoch Pratt also serves as a State Library Resource Center, which provides all Maryland libraries with access to state and federal government documents and other materials. The library has an impressive collection of books about Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
This historic seaport rings the Baltimore harbor and includes attractions and sailing vessels that chronicle the city's 300-year maritime past. You can explore this history by walking the streets of waterfront communities or the decks of famous ships. The seaport consists of 16 sites, including the USS Constellation, the only surviving Civil War-era vessel afloat the Seven-Foot Knoll Lighthouse, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, Fort McHenry, historic Fells Point, Federal Hill and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
East meets West at The Walters. On one hand, its collection spans nearly the entire history of Western art. Its spacious galleries are home to Greek and Roman statuary, Baroque carvings and a large collection of Renaissance paintings. On the other hand, its elegant Hackerman House wing holds one of the largest collections of traditional Asian art in the United States.
The Peabody Institute was the first conservatory in the United States. It was founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody and has been part of the Johns Hopkins University since 1977. The institute boasts four concert halls and the Peabody Library and is home to the Peabody Conservatory, John Steven Limited which offers private musical lessons and the Peabody Preparatory, a non-degree program that offers classes for people of all ages. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento and vocalist/pianist Tori Amos attended the institute. Students, faculty and other performers often stage free public concerts.