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If you've always been fascinated by science, you'll want to be sure and schedule some time at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street at Key Highway, Inner Harbor area, 410-685-2370. Here you'll find 100s of hands-on exhibits, a 5-story IMAX movie theater and the Davis Planetarium.
If anyone has ever accused you of being a dim bulb, you might want to prove them wrong visiting the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting, 717 Washington Place, 410- 752-8586, by appointment only. Here you will find the largest bulb ever made, others with interesting shapes, and some that earned distinction just by being screwed into the right fixture, like the one that burned in the Statue of Liberty.
Art lovers will enjoy spending some time at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, open Wednesday through Sunday, 410-396-7100. Here you will see the fame Cone Collection of Matisse, Picasso, and Cezanne works. The museum also features works by American, African, Asian, and Oceanian artist and has an extensive collection of Modern Art.
A visit to the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N Charles St., 410-547-9000, will give you a chance to enjoy the beauty of 30,000+ works representing 5,000 years of art. At the Hackerman House, One W Mount Vernon Place, you'll find the Museum's 1,000 works of Asian art. If you like your art to be on the cutting edge, head to the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, 410-244-1900, closed Mondays, where you will find fun permanent exhibits in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, Tall Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden, in addition to temporary exhibits like What Makes U Smile.
To learn more about Baltimore's history, visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., closed Mondays, 410-727-4808. Here you will see exhibits on Baltimore's industrial and labor history. Highlights include a 19th century print shop, a garment loft, and the 1906 steam tugboat, Baltimore. For more history, stop at the Homewood Museum, John Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles St., 410-516-5589. Built in 1801 for the Charles Carroll family, this Federal style mansion has been fully restored and features the Carrroll family furniture.
For another look at one of Baltimore's historic homes, visit the Mount Clare Museum House, Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd., 410-837-3262. Constructed in 1760, this mansion is one of Maryland's finest examples of Georgian architecture. After you finish admiring the outside, you'll enjoy seeing the inside complete with the 18th and 19th century furniture that was used by Charles Carroll, a barrister, and Margaret Tilghman Carroll, his wife.
You'll find more history at the Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library of Maryland, 201 W Monument St., 410-685-3750. Here you can see the original "Star Spangled Banner" manuscript, one of the largest 19th-century silver collections in the world, the US's largest collection of decorative arts, and the Radcliffe Maritime Museum. You'll also want to visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum, 844 E Pratt Street, 410-837-1793. Touring this museum will give you a chance to see where Mary Pickersgill hand sewed the flag that flew over Fort McHenry.
A visit to the Civil War Museum, 201 W Monument St, 410-385-5188, will give you a chance to learn more about the underground railroad, see an interactive map of Civil War era Baltimore, and read stories about people like William and Ellen Craft who used the railroad to escape to freedom.
Fans of baseball will want to stop in at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Baseball Center, 216 Emory Street, 410-727-1539 or 800-435-BABE. As you tour this row house where Babe was born, you'll see his crucifix, baseball bat, and hymnal from St. Mary's. You will also see a video on his life and Baltimore Orioles memorabilia.
For more sports history, visit the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Museum, 113 W University Parkway, 410-235-6882. Here you'll learn about America's first sport through exhibits covering 350 years of lacrosse's greatest moments. Highlights also include lacrosse artifacts, photos, art, vintage equipment and uniforms, and a multi-image show. If you want to try your hand at lacrosse, they even have an interactive game for you to play.
Do you love great jazz? Then you'll want to drop on over the Eubie Blake National Museum and Cultural Center,847 N Howard St, 410-225-3130, where you'll find displays about this marvelous jazz musician's life. You'll also enjoy the exhibits they have on Cab Calloway, Chick Webb, and other Baltimore greats.
If you like museums that are unique you'll enjoy the American Dime Museum, Baltimore Public Works Museum, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, and the City Fire Museum. You'll be disappointed if you visit the American Dime Museum, 1808 Maryland Ave, 410-230-0263, expecting to see a bunch of 10 cent pieces. No, this museum is far more unique. It features exhibits about the traveling side shows of our past. Here you'll find exhibits on the Fiji mermaids, giantess mummies, shrunken heads, and other exotic wonders that tempted our ancestors to dig a hard earned dime out of their pockets for a peek.
At the Baltimore Public Works Museum, 751 Eastern Ave, 410-396-5565, you'll see exhibits highlighting the history of public works, and wander down "Streetscape," which is a life size outdoor recreation of underground utilities. If you are traveling with children, they'll enjoy the "Construction Site" area set aside just for them.
A visit to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1905 Falls Road, 410-547-0264, will give you a chance to learn how important a role the streetcar played in the lives of early day local folks. The City Fire Museum, Gay and Orleans Streets, 410-727-2414, is housed in the country's oldest active firehouse. On your tour of No. 6 Firehouse, you'll be treated to special exhibits of fire fighting equipment and memorabilia.
A visit to the Baltimore Maritime Museum, Pier 3, Pratt Street, 410-396-3453, will give you a chance to visit the USS Torsk, which holds the honor of sinking the last warship in WWII. You'll also enjoy seeing the lightship Chesapeake, a floating lighthouse.
If you'd rather ride the rails than swab a deck, head to the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 Pratt St., 410-752-2490. Here you'll find Mount Clare Station, which is not only the oldest railroad station in the Western Hemisphere but also holds the honor of being the birthplace of the B&O railroad. This museum will entertain you with 120 full sized locomotives and if you visit on the weekends, you can even take a ride on one of them.
Two other interesting museums are the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. A visit to the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St.,410-732-6400, will give you a chance to visit the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue (1845) and the B'nai Israel Synagogue (1879), plus tour the museum and research library. At the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E North Ave, 410- 563-3404, you'll find more than 100 life-size historical figures featured in realistic dramatic scenes.
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