Explore Baltimore – Did You Know
- Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American National anthem, penned by Francis Scott Key.
- Baltimore is home to the USS Constellation. This ship is the last Civil War vessel afloat. It was built in 1854 and is the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy.
- Baltimore is home to the first cathedral in the United States – the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was recently restored to its early 19th century roots and welcomes thousands of visitors a year.
- Baltimore is the birthplace of the American Railroad. Visitors to Baltimore can learn more about the history of the railroad at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum located here in Baltimore. The museum features the most comprehensive collection in the Western Hemisphere.
- Baltimore is home to the first monument dedicated to George Washington.
- The Baltimore Museum of Art houses the world’s largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world. Visitors can enjoy the museum’s permanent collection for free year-round.
- The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum was the country’s first wax museum of African-American history.
- Baltimore is home to the The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Founded in 1927, the Flag House has been open to the public for 76 years and is dedicated to the story of Mary Young Pickersgill who made the enormous 30 × 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem. Mary Pickersgill’s flag still survives and now hangs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.