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Antietam shadow box

Shadow box made in 1886 by John Philemon Smith who witnessed the Battle of Antietam. It records the dedication of the Antietam National Cemetery in 1867 and lists Union soldiers who died.

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Hutzler’s box

Collar box, circa 1880, Gift from the Archives of Hutzler Brothers Co. On view in the new exhibition, "The Hutzler’s Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution."

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Eubie Blake Piano

A celesta piano owned by Baltimore jazz musician James Hubert "Eubie" Blake (1887-1983). Made by Mustel & Company in Paris, France. Circa 1923.

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Etting Mug

To commemorate their contribution to history, the men who defended North Point and Fort McHenry in 1814 scratched their names into this six-inch tall tin mug owned by Samuel Etting.

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The Maryland Center for History and Culture is more than a museum and library. We provide space for discovery and developing a deeper understanding of the nation’s history and culture through the lens of Maryland.

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Historic photo of the Regent Theater.
Current Exhibitions

Flickering Treasures

Flickering Treasures

Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters

In 1896, Marylanders crowded to Electric Park to see the lights and attractions, including the very first moving-picture show. Movies were magical, transporting the viewers to new places, inviting them to escape their everyday lives, marvel at a new technology, gather news, and appreciate art. Movie theaters became symbols for the worlds they were unlocking, ethereal buildings where people gathered to take a journey together through the movie screen. Open through September 2022.

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A historic photograph on display in the Wild and Untamed exhibition.
Current Exhibitions

Wild and Untamed

Wild and Untamed

Dunton’s Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilts

Follow Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr. on his journey to understand the Baltimore album quilt tradition and learn how quilts served as the building blocks for his groundbreaking work in occupational therapy. Explore our internationally famous quilt collection, including never-before-seen pieces, and Dr. Dunton’s personal works to unravel a narrative that connects Dunton’s views on quilts, gender, and mental health in the 1940s. Open through September 2022.

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Duck pin bowling ball and pin and Orioles baseball cleats.
Current Exhibitions

Discover Maryland

Discover Maryland

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Who are Marylanders, why are they so obsessed with their flag, and what does duckpin bowling have to do with the Baltimore Orioles? This exhibition explores how Maryland and its people have changed since its founding in 1634. Learn how the dynamic geography of the state drove its industry, population, and the identity of Marylanders, and how the arts and culture of Maryland reflect on its past. For traveling visitors and lifelong Marylanders, Discover Maryland shows there is much to uncover about Maryland. Open through March 2022.   Image: Summer In Baltimore, Tom Patton Miller (1945-2000), 1993. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, BCLM-1993.27.1   Image inset: Duck pin bowling ball and pin and Orioles baseball team cleats.

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Library

Dedicated to preserving the irreplaceable history of Maryland

The H. Furlong Baldwin Library invites visitors to explore the records of Maryland’s past and preserves irreplaceable historical materials for future generations.

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Library Catalog

Search for books, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps and more.
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Digital Collections

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Paul Robeson, photograph by Paul Henderson, 1948, HEN.00.A2-156

Shake Up Maryland History!

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Educational Programs

Students gain essential social studies skills by engaging with our collections in person and virtually.

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Our members believe what we believe: history can illuminate the past, lend perspective to the present, and inform the future. Don’t take our word for it. Hear what they have to say.

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This place is fascinating and has interesting programs and displays. I’ve had excellent personal interactions with everyone. All friendly and helpful folks. I love history and this is an excellent place to learn more about it.
Virginia Green, Member Since 2011
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Shaping the Future of History

With funding and support from this campaign, we are seeking to shape the future of how history is presented, connect with new audiences, and expand our national presence.

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Blogs & Updates

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May 9, 2021

A Tribute to Annie

Volunteer Curatorial Assistant Barbara Meger writes about how she was inspired by the expert craftsmanship of quilter Annie G. Dunton (1833-1893).

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Generous leading support for this website was provided by the Sheridan Foundation with additional support from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.