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Home > Visit a Gateway > Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
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This late 18th century star-shaped fort is world famous as the birthplace of the United States' National Anthem. The guardian of Baltimore's Harbor from attacks coming up the Chesapeake, it was the valiant defense of Fort McHenry by American forces during a British attack on September 13-14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Following the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, the fort never again came under attack. However, it remained an active military post off and on for the next 100 years. In 1933 the fort became an area administered by the National Park Service, and of all the areas in the National Park System it is the only one designated as a national monument and historic shrine.
Hours: Open year-round. Grounds: 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fort and Visitor Center: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Hours are extended in summer. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Fees: $7.00 entrance fee for adults 16 and over. Children 15 and under are free. Access, Annual and Senior passes are available at the visitor center desk daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information about Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine call (410) 962-4290 or visit the following website: http://www.nps.gov/fomc.

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