Baltimore Events and Activities

Ducks swim in Baltimore Harbor, with a view of the skyscape behind them. Credit: Xiaokui Qin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Credit: Xiaokui Qin [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Each year, we recommend local events and activities so our convention attendees can get the full experience of our host city.

Museums

The exterior of the Baltimore Museum of Art features pillars and a stairway. Credit: Eli Pousson CC0 1.0.

Credit: Eli Pousson CC0 1.0

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD  21218-3898
443 573 1700
artbma.org

Virtual Opportunities: BMA x NMWA, Violet Hour, Art Break Live, Facebook Live, Family At-Home Art Activities, YouTube Interactive Tours

Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs. The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects. The highlight of the museum is the Cone Collection, brought together by famed Baltimore collecting 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, Pittoni, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Renoir, nearly all of which were eventually donated to the Museum. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of 20th-century sculpture. The BMA is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University.

“The Attack of the Sculpturians” was a brightly-colored insect-shaped bicycle-powered vehicle, participating in the American Visionary Art Museum's Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: Phil! Gold CC BY-SA 2.0.

Credit: Phil! Gold CC BY-SA 2.0

800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD  21230
410 244 1900
avam.org

Virtual Opportunities: Free videos of virtual experiences

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 premieres its newest third floor gallery exhibition, “The Science & Mystery of Sleep,” featuring a plain-language compilation of all the latest sleep-related scientific research, alongside spectacular, artist-made visionary bedrooms.

A woman leads a Living History Tour at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture. Credit: Rflewis01 (CCASA 4.0).

Credit: Rflewis01, CCASA 4.0

830 East Pratt Street 
Baltimore, MD  21202 
443 263 1800 
lewismuseum.org

Virtual Opportunities: Online Collection

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is Maryland’s largest museum focused on the state’s 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. Its Online Collection Portal contains digitized images which are accessible to scholars, students and the general public.

The interior of the Walters Art Museum features an atrium decorated with a skylight, arches, and various statues. Credit: Wallstreethotrod.

600 N. Charles Street 
Baltimore, MD  21201 
410 547 9000 
thewalters.org

Virtual Opportunities: Virtual Tours, Online Collections and Activities

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. 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.

Eubie Blake.

847 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410 225 3130 
eubieblake.org/gallery

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center brings artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds together. The Institute and Cultural Center supports, develops, promotes, and advocates for cultural and educational programming in the visual and performing arts, including rotating galleries, solo shows, and group shows.

A full T-rex skeleton and a T-rex skull are some of the items featured at the dinosaur exhibit at Baltimore's Maryland Science Center. Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm, CC ASA 2.5.

Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm, CC ASA 2.5

601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD  21230
410 685 2370 / 410 685 5225
mdsci.org

Virtual Opportunities: Science at Home, StarMaps

Originally formed as the Maryland Academy of Sciences in 1797, this Inner Harbor museum includes three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. Activities are hands-on and immersive, some that you can play along on your phone, including dinosaur skeletons and a fossil dig site, live presentations on liquid nitrogen and nanotechnology, a DNA extraction lab, a woodworking and animation workshop, a bed of nails, the glow-in-the-dark light art wall, and a giant mechanical blue crab!  

Port Discovery's Children Museum is a brick building with a gable pediment decorative roof with two wings. The exterior of the building is decorated with bright colors along the doors, windows, and vertical banners. Credit: Tracy Brown Photography and Port Discovery.

Credit: Tracy Brown Photography and Port Discovery

35 Market Place 
Baltimore, MD  21202 
410 727 8120 
portdiscovery.org

Virtual Opportunities: Virtual Tour, Virtual Learning, Family Activities, Play at Home

Climb for the sky in a four-story SkyClimber. Become the captain of a giant cargo ship in The Port. Pretend to be a chef in Tiny's Diner. Explore three floors of children's play areas made for kids, and kids at heart, to touch, move, and play with. Check out the many indoor play areas designed for kids of all ages, and you'll find a variety of experiences designed just for infants and toddlers, exhibits that will excite and entertain preschoolers, and experiences that older children will love.

Libraries

The interior of the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University has a symmetrical design, with six floors of book stacks circling around an atrium with various desks. Pillars and arches along the floors created a classical design. The space is brightly lit by a skylight and various ceiling lights around the stacks. Credit: Matthew Petroff, CC ASA 3.0.

Credit: Matthew Petroff, CC ASA 3.0

library.jhu.edu/library-hours/george-peabody-library

The George Peabody Library is closed until further notice as part of Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 response.

Virtual Opportunities: 360-degree Virtual Tour, eTexts and Online Services

Housed in the world-renowned Peabody Institute of Music, the George Peabody Library 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.

The Cathedral Street main entrance to the Central Library building of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, features arches and columns for a classic appearance. Credit: nf utvol (CC ASA 4.0).

Credit: nf utvol (CC ASA 4.0)

400 Cathedral Street 
Baltimore, MD  21201
410 396 5430
prattlibrary.org

Virtual Opportunities: Digital Collections and DatabasesFacebook Livestreams

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free library systems in the country, opening its first branch in 1886. With more than half a million visitors each year, the state-of-the-art renovations to the Central Library complement Pratt's significant print collection with the latest technologies, welcoming a vibrant future while preserving a cherished historic landmark. The Central Library features beautiful murals, decorative moldings and ceiling art, an indoor children’s garden, and a skylighted Central Hall.

Other Sites

On a sunny day, the United States flag is above Fort McHenry, with a cannon in front of the fort. Credit: Owen Byrne Halifax, CC2.0.

Credit: Owen Byrne Halifax, CC2.0

2400 East Fort Avenue 
Baltimore, MD 21230 
410 962 4290 x250
nps.gov/fomc

Virtual Opportunities: Tours, Multimedia

This National Monument is best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy. 

A diver feeding fish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: APK, CC ASA 4.0.

Credit: APK, CC ASA 4.0

501 E Pratt St 
Baltimore, MD  21202 
410 576 3800
aqua.org

Virtual Opportunities: Livestreams, Educational Programs for Students, Virtual Programs, Virtual Animal Care and Rescue Center Tour

Since 1981, this nonprofit has had as its mission to inspire conservation of aquatic life. Hosting more than 51 million guests since opening, the Aquarium is Maryland’s largest paid tourist attraction, with 20,000 fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.

A Lesser Kudu at the Maryland Zoo. Credit: Drew Avery, CC 2.0.

Credit: Drew Avery, CC 2.0

One Safari Place 
Baltimore, MD 21217 
410 396 7102
marylandzoo.org

Virtual Opportunities: Live Cams and Feeds, Virtual Field Trips, Virtual ZOOmobile, Sofa Safari, Virtual Field Talks

One of the oldest zoos in the United States, this 135-acre park in historic Druid Hill Park has as its mission to inspire and educate people in local wildlife rehabilitation and the active support and conservation of wildlife and wild places. The Maryland Zoo is currently home to more than 2,000 animals, including polar bears, lions, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, elephants, ostriches, river otters, and the largest number of African black-footed penguins bred in the United States, as well as various primates, reptiles, and amphibians. Activities include feeding stations, animal meet and greets, and carousel and train rides, weather permitting.