Flickering TreasuresFlickering 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.Learn More
Wild and UntamedWild 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.Learn More
Discover MarylandDiscover Maryland
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.Learn More
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.
Students gain essential social studies skills by engaging with our collections in person and virtually.Find the perfect programs
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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
Generous leading support for this website was provided by the Sheridan Foundation with additional support from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.