Baltimore, Maryland is not only the state's largest city, it is also the cultural center and many of Maryland's museums are located within the city limits. Your stay at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore will put you in the midst of many of them.
Local museums include:
American Visionary Art Museum
This national museum and education center features outstanding original works of art created by intuitive, self-taught artists. The museum is located on a 1.1-acre wonderland campus composed of three historic and renovated industrial buildings and includes a sculpture garden, museum store and restaurant.
Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum
The B&O Railroad Museum brings alive the magic and adventure of railroading every day. This historic national landmark allows you to see, touch, hear and explore the most important railroad collection in America.
Baltimore Museum of Art
Open year-round, the largest art museum in Maryland showcases a dazzling collection ranging from ancient mosaics to contemporary art; plus, ever-changing exhibitions, sculpture gardens, an eclectic museum shop and a scenic restaurant. Complimentary general admission.
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
This is a National Historic Site and the birthplace of the George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity and international icon.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Poe's home is now open to the public as a modest museum with self-guided tours. Displays in the house include a lock of Poe's hair; some original china that belonged to John Allan, as well as, many other Poe-rated images. (Post-renovation re-opening scheduled for spring 2013).
Fire Museum of Maryland
The Fire Museum of Maryland is the third largest of its kind in the world. Contains 40 antique engines, a reconstructed firehouse, and fire service history exhibits, including one for the Great Baltimore Fire.
National Pinball Museum
Founded in 1998, the National Pinball Museum preserves, maintains and promotes the heritage of pinball through exhibits and programs designed to advance the public's knowledge and appreciation of pinball.
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Offers three floors of educational and interactive exhibits, programs and activities for children up to ten years-of-age. Ranked among the "Top 5 Children's Museums" in the United States by Child Magazine.
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
The state of Maryland's sports history headquarters. It features exhibits on the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Colts, Baltimore Ravens, and Baltimore Blast. It is also home to the Orioles Hall of Fame; Negro league team; the Preakness; Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame; regional college athletics; Locker Room - Kids Discovery Room; and more!
The Walters Art Museum
Acclaimed as one of the best museums in the United States, the Walters offers 55 centuries of art, including Egyptian mummies, medieval armors, and 19th-century masterpieces. The museum also hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Complimentary general admission.