Learn More about the Collection
The Maryland Center for History and Culture houses an incredible collection of three-dimensional art and material culture representing life in Maryland. This collection includes sculpture, architectural elements, folk art, maritime material, objects from industry, household materials, toys, and dolls made and used by Marylanders.
Images: Celesta piano used by Baltimore jazz musician James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, c. 1923, by Mustel & Company, 2016.14.1; “Lucky” remotely operated underwater vehicle (inset), 1986, Deep Sea International Systems, Inc, 1996.45.1.
Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from the 3D Objects Collection.
Items in the Collection
The MCHC collection of three-dimensional objects comprises 350 sculptural and architectural objects, including portrait busts, portrait medallions, and architectural components from Maryland buildings.
The MCHC’s three-dimensional object collection includes a robust maritime collection containing 1,000 objects consisting of half hulls, ship models, maritime-related navigation tools, trailboards, and more.
Toy, Dolls, and Games
The permanent collection of MCHC encompasses over 2,500 toys, dolls, and games played with by Maryland children, and some made by Marylanders.
Some of the most important objects for investigating, understanding, and interpreting history are the objects used every day. The MCHC collection includes 10,000 miscellaneous household objects, office items, and agricultural equipment, including decorative pieces like snuff boxes, card cases, canes, and sewing cases, as well as lamps, washing machines, typewriters, and farming implements, and over 300 woodworking, silversmith tools, and scientific instruments.