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At each year's convention, NeMLA sponsors activities in our local host city to show attendees all that the city has to offer, with cost of admission discounted for you thanks to NeMLA's sponsorship. 

For special-rate tickets to plays and museum tours, purchase at, then click "Registration & Membership" at the top of the page.

Live Performance

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew

Credit: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Directed by Ian Gallanar
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:00 PM-10:30 PM
Cash bar reception prior to performance
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
7 South Calvert Street (accessible from the Marriott Waterfront via the #31 Metro Bus Line)

Is any man worthy of razor-tongued Kate? Shakespeare’s rollicking send-up of marital power struggles is as topical as it is comical, and always entertaining. 

Tickets at the discounted NeMLA rate are currently sold out. Those who purchased tickets through the NeMLA web site can pick them up at Chesapeake Shakespeare's will call/box office prior to performance.

Museums and Galleries

American Visionary Art Museum

"Attack of the Sculpturians Rounds the Corner." Photographer: Phil! Gold.

Credit: Phil! Gold. Creative Commons 2.0

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900

Discounted price (when showing NeMLA badge): $13.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors age 60+, $7.95 for students with ID

The American Visionary Art Museum specializes in the preservation and display of outsider art. Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. 

The American Visionary Art Museum raises a toast for its 21st birthday with a new visual feast in the original art exhibition Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food. Inside Yummm! 34 visionary artists join forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food. As George Bernard Shaw wryly observed, "There is no love more sincere than love of food." The Yummm! exhibition features intuitively made, imagination-rich, food-centric paintings, sculptures, embroideries, installations, and films.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

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Credit: Rflewis01. Creative Commons 4.0

830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

NeMLA Special-Rate Group Tour: Friday, March 24, 2017, 11 AM, $6.00 per person
NeMLA Discounted Individual Tickets: $5.00 per regular admission ticket (with NeMLA 2017 badge), $4.00 per student admission ticket (with NeMLA 2017 badge and student ID)

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is the largest museum, both in Maryland and nationally, to focus on African-American history and culture and on the African diaspora.

A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum offers a permanent collection, rotating special exhibitions, a resource center, as well as programs such as a film series, a recurring open mic night, live music series, and family programming.

The 82,000 square-foot facility also houses a museum cafe' serving soul food, a classroom, meeting spaces, and a theater.

Purchase tour tickets at the special $6.00 NeMLA rate at, then click "Registration & Membership" at the top of the page.

George Peabody Library

Photographer: Matthew Petroff. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Credit: Matthew Petroff. Creative Commons 3.0

NeMLA Special-Rate Group Tour: Friday, March 24, 2017, 1 PM, $10 per ticket (includes shuttle ride)

17 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202

The George Peabody Library, housed in the world-renowned Peabody Institute of Music, is part of the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University. The Exhibition Gallery is surrounded by pieces from the Johns Hopkins Libraries’ diverse and rare collections. The collection contains more than 300,000 volumes and is remarkable for its historic breadth and depth. 

This magnificent research library also serves as the premiere venue in Baltimore for weddings and other events: six tiers of stately cast-iron columns, decorative railings, and classical embellishments touched with gold-leaf in this room that rises 61 feet from its black-and-white marble floor to the massive skylight that caps the central interior. Warmly lit, the space is so perfectly proportioned that, although the room is monumental, the feeling is intimate. Whether you would like to host an intimate luncheon for 40, a seated dinner with dancing for 170, a seated dinner for 200, or a cocktail party and dance for 400, you’ll find the space to be as flexible as it is elegant.

Purchase tour tickets at the special $10.00 NeMLA rate at, then click "Registration & Membership" at the top of the page.

Other Recommended Events

Museums and Galleries

Edgar Allan Poe House



The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum will open especially for NeMLA attendees! Although it is earlier than the usual season, this National Historic Landmark will be open on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, during our convention in Baltimore, several weeks earlier than its usual opening. There is a small entry charge to the house. 

Since September 26, 2012, the Poe House and Museum has been run under the auspices of PoeBaltimore. Westminster Hall and the Catacombs are open only by special arrangement, but the grounds, with access to Poe’s Memorial Grave, are normally open during daylight hours. Helpful information plaques are positioned throughout the cemetery. (There is no entry charge to the grounds.) 

For more information, please visit 

Baltimore Museum of Art

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Credit: Nrswanson. Creative Commons 3.0

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Free admission!

The highlight of the museum is perhaps the Cone Collection, brought together by famed Baltimore sisters Dr. Caribel (1864–1929) and Miss Etta Cone (1870–1949). Accomplished collectors, these sisters amassed a wealth of works by artists including Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Giambattista Pittoni, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Renoir, nearly all of which were eventually donated to the Museum.

Walters Art Museum

Photographer: Wallstreethotrod

Photographer: Wallstreethotrod

600 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is internationally renowned for its collection of art.

The collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Nouveau jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.

Local Interest

Top of the World Observation Level

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Credit: CGalley. Creative Commons 4.0

401 E. Pratt Street
27th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Top of the World is the perfect starting point for any visit to the city and provides a breathtaking view of Baltimore's skyline, harbor and beyond. This city attraction featuring a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Baltimore has stationed binoculars and photo-map guides to help guests learn about local attractions, hotels, sites and neighborhoods. In addition, it is a fully handicapped accessible attraction. Located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, the world's tallest pentagonal building is home to the only Baltimore attraction to offer an awe-inspiring view of Maryland's urban center. 

Washington Monument

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Credit: ScottyBoy900Q. Creative Commons 3.0

699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

The Washington Monument is the centerpiece of Mount Vernon Place, an urban square in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

It was the first major monument begun to honor George Washington.

The stair tower is about 130 feet from its base to the top (approximately 13 stories). The monument’s 227 steps have been climbed by countless visitors over the last 200 years. We estimate it takes between 3-5 minutes to make the climb to the top. While there, you can catch your breath, look around and take photos, and then make your way back down.  

Live Performances

Los Otros

Music by Ellen Fitzhugh, Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Directed by Noah Himmelstein
Everyman Theatre

From Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party/Giant) and Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind/Paradise Found), and acclaimed director Noah Himmelstein (An Inspector Calls/I Am Harvey Milk) comes the premiere of this newly re-imagined version of an unusual kind of musical. Lillian and Carlos, two Californians, one white and one Latino, find their lives linked in unexpected ways. Told through three significant moments in their lives, a beautiful and intimate score captures the richness of each decade as they rise to face the preconceptions of what it means to be “The Other.” 

Lightning Rod Special's Underground Railroad Game

By Jenn Kidwell & Scott Sheppard
Single Carrot Theatre

Continuing 10 years of bringing vibrant new work to Baltimore, SCT presents Ars Nova's production of Underground Railroad Game, by award-winning, Philly-based theatre company Lightning Rod Special. Coming to Single Carrot Theatre fresh from New York, this fun and fast-paced show by creators Jenn Kidwell and Scott Sheppard turns the audience into a fifth-grade class in a shockingly hilarious and poignant examination of race relations, history and sex.