Maryland Historical Society Museum

Maryland Historical Society Museum

Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its museum, library, press, and educational programs.

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Hours

The Museum and Library are open 10AM to 5PM Wednesday through Saturday.  The Museum is also open from 12PM to 5PM on Sunday.

The Museum and Library are closed on Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Please Note: Special Collections is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Library will remain open on Wednesdays.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

On the first Thursday of every month, the Maryland Historical Society offers free museum admission.

Museum Admission:

Adults $9
Seniors $7
Students with ID $6
Children ages 3-18 $6
Children under 3 Free

Library admission costs nothing for members and $9 for non-members (includes museum admission).

Please note that picture identification and the completion of a one-time registration form is required for all library patrons.

Activities

The Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library enables researchers, students, teachers, and others to have access to the records of Maryland’s past while preserving irreplaceable historical materials for future generations.

Maryland Historical Society collections include more than 350,000 objects and 7 million books and documents, ranging from pre-settlement to the present day and representing virtually every aspect of Maryland history and life. The Museum collection includes:

  • 2,200 paintings and miniatures, including portraits of Maryland heroes from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, the world’s largest collection of paintings by members of the Peale family, 7 portrait paintings by Joshua Johnson, the first professional African American portrait painter in the United States, and 10 Maryland landscapes by Francis Guy, considered one of the most important English artists to come to America in the late 18th century
  • 4,134 pieces of silver holloware and flatware, including over 400 objects made by Samuel Kirk and his descendants and a significant collection of English silver with colonial Maryland history
  • 900 pieces of furniture: including 400 pieces of veneered and painted furniture from the early 19th century, the “Golden Age” of Baltimore furniture production
  • 10,750 textiles, including the world’s largest collection of Baltimore Album quilts, 124 samplers and embroideries, women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories ranging from c. 1730 to the present, bed and table linens, one of only three surviving Revolutionary War officer's uniforms in America, an extensive collection of Confederate and Union uniforms, and a collection of important flags, including one of the only surviving examples of a Civil War flag carried by an African-American regiment
  • 1,500 examples of porcelain and pottery, including a notable French dinner service associated with Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Chinese Export porcelains made for and used by Marylanders, and a fine collection of Maryland-made redware and stoneware
  • 400 examples of decorative and utilitarian glass made and used in Maryland, including rare examples created by John Frederick Amelung, founder of one of America’s earliest glassworks and a remarkable collection of early 19th century Anglo-Irish glass

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Facilities

Library and museum contains more than 350,000 objects and 7 million books and documents, ranging from pre-settlement to the present day and representing virtually every aspect of Maryland history and life.

Accessibility

The Maryland Historical Society facilities are fully wheelchair accessible from the Meyerhoff Courtyard on Park Avenue and from the parking lot. Designated parking spaces for the disabled are immediately adjacent to the Beard Pavilion’s rear entry. Wheelchairs are available for loan during your visit.

History

Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its museum, library, press, and educational programs.

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Last updated: November 27, 2019
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