Fells Point Maritime Museum
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: From the establishment of the first shipyard in the 1730s until the mid 19th century, Fells Point was the engine that drove the maritime commerce of Baltimore. The Fells Point Maritime Museum allows visitors to learn about maritime history where it happened. A landmark on the water since the mid 19th century, the block-long building, known to residents as the trolley barn, was originally a barn for horsecars and later became a warehouse for paper stock, metals, iron and rope. Many of the original features in this 19th-century industrial building survived and now contribute to the historic environment of the maritime exhibition.

The museum explores the rich history of the port through five major thematic areas revolving around the Baltimore clipper schooner, including: the Fells Point community, the working people of the area, the economic and military importance of the Baltimore clipper schooner, the technology of ship-building, and influences of changes in the ship-building industry. The museum features the Maryland Historical Society's diverse collection of maritime artifacts, including rare ship models, authentic shipbuilders' tools, and weapons used by the men who risked their lives sailing the privateers like the Chasseur.

Physical Address: Fells Point Maritime Museum
1724 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Mailing Address: Fells Point Maritime Museum
Maryland Historical Society
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (410) 732-0278
Operating Hours: Year around, Thursday - Monday from 10 to 5
Fees: $4/adults; $3/children 13 - 17 years, students with ID and seniors; free/Maryland Historical Society members and children 12 and under.
Visitor Facilities: Museum exhibits and shop.
Accessibility: Museum is handicap accessible.
Website: http://www.mdhs.org

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