Doors and stairs at Peale Museum before restoration
View of doors, stairs, and bare floors at the Peale Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, before the museum's 1930 restoration. Built in 1814 by Rembrandt Peale, the Peale Museum was the first building in North America to be designed and built specifically as a museum. After its 1930 restoration, the museum reopened in 1931 as the Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore. It remained commonly known as "the Peale."