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Arts & Museums
This museum opened to the public in December 1993. Since then, thousands of visitors have flocked here to get a glimpse of the government's ability to protect the nation's secrets and uncover those of our enemies. At the National Cryptologic Museum, visitors learn about crucial moments in this history of American cryptology and national defense, including a rare look at the secret world of Native American 'code talkers' and the equipment that protected U.S. communications during World War II. Admission is free.
The Laurel Museum is set in a restored 19th-century mill worker's residence. Spread across 2590 square feet (240.62 square meters), it opened its doors in 1996. The property was bought by the city after years of neglect and was converted into a museum documenting the town's history. Get a glimpse of this Prince George's County metropolitan’s metamorphosis from 1870 to the present age through artifacts, photographs, books, tools and textiles. There is also a gift shop inside the facility. It is now run by the Laurel Historical Society.
The African Art Museum of Maryland has been providing the Baltimore area with access to fascinating African art and history since 1980. Besides its permanent collection, the museum also offers workshops for adults, kids, and families, outreach programs to local primary schools, lectures and an annual guided trip to Africa to experience African culture first hand. A great educational resource for people of all ages, races and cultures, the African Art Museum plays a vital role in its community. Call ahead for museum hours, as they are irregular.
If you're interested in electronics, you should surely make a trip to this museum at Linthicum. Check out the development of electronics in the field of defense. Apart from the learning about the gradual evolution of technology in this area, you'll also get to discover its resultant effect on commercial products. You'll also find out the major role that technology played out in the whole process. You can plan your visit on any day of the week, except Sunday. What's more, this tour of discovery is for free as there are no admission costs.
The William P. Didusch Center is dedicated to chronicling the history of urology. Make an appointment for a free visit to the museum to view a fascinating exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia related to this medical science. The collection includes original sketches and documents, as well as medical instruments and devices like cystoscopes that were state-of-the-art in bygone years. This is a great place to experience the history and treatment of urological disorders.
Montpelier Arts Center serves as an incubating center for talented artists. The center is a venue for many performances, and they also host classes and seminars on regular basis.
Bowie City, a small railroad stop of yesteryear, was originally christened Huntington City. The station, which was the focus of the town, was named after Governor Oden Bowie. Presently a museum, this venue houses an interesting collection of edifices. You will find restored railroad buildings like the waiting shed for passengers, the interlocking tower, the freight building, and the Norfolk and Western caboose from the '20s. Get a glimpse of railroad history in a unique setting.
Mount Clare was built in 1760 by Charles Carroll, a barrister, Revolutionary patriot and distant relative of the signer of the Declaration of Independence by the same name. This two-story Georgian brick home has been reconstructed adding to elegance and class of the edifice. Original paintings, furniture and decorative art are on display. Mount Clare was named in the National Register of Historic places in 1970.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was once one of the most important freight and passenger lines in the country. The museum, located in a converted switching yard west of downtown, was the final destination for dozens of the steam locomotives and diesel engines that traveled along that railroad. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard and inspect the giant machines, many of which are kept in a restored house that also holds a wealth of historical displays and railroad memorabilia. Call ahead or check the website to know more.
Babe Ruth is so much a part of New York Yankees lore, people forget that he was born, raised and introduced to professional baseball in Baltimore. This museum celebrates the Babe's Baltimore roots, displaying his boyhood bat, the score card from his first professional game. Artifacts from his father's saloon, which stood where Oriole Park is today, are also on display. The museum is also the official repository of Orioles team memorabilia.
Are you a fan of comic books and believe that their importance is vastly underrated? If you think so, head to the 16,000 square feet large Geppi's Entertainment Museum. The museum, created by Steve Geppi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Comic Distributors, focuses on how popular culture, like the various forms of entertainment, has shaped the children of America. Marvel at the exhibits, many of which are from the private collection of Mr Geppi himself. Ponder over the social influence of comics, toys, paintings and movie posters. You will surely leave the premises with memories of your childhood days.
Learn more about sports legends, who excelled in their chosen games, at the Baltimore Sports Legends at Camden Yards. Step in to find out what these influential personalities did to the world of sports. Get a deeper insight into the careers of Babe Ruth, Johnny Unitas, Pam Shriver and Michael Phelps, who hail from such varied fields of sports. Be it long tennis, baseball or athletics, heroes from your favorite sport will surely be there to discover. Fans can get a closer peek into the lives and moments of victory of these champs. The place opens daily at 10a.