Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: 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.
Location / Directions:

The Park is three miles southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off I-95.

From northbound or southbound I-95, take exit 55 to Key Highway. From Key Highway turn left on Lawrence Street and left on Fort Avenue. Proceed one mile to the park.

From the Baltimore Inner Harbor, take Light Street south to Fort Avenue. Turn left on Fort Avenue and proceed to the park.

Driving Directions
Address: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
Visitor Phone: (410) 962-4290

Visitor Center: model of the Star Fort, movie theater, rest rooms, gift shop. Star Fort: Exhibits of historical and military memorabilia, electric battle map, restored barracks, flagpole. Grounds: Statues, wayside exhibits, plaques.

Flag change, 9:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. daily, weather permitting; interpretive programs; living history (seasonal); star fort and grounds are self-guided tours.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Picnicking Tours / Walking Tours

Operating 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.
Visitor Facilities: Visitor Center/Exhibits, model of the Star Fort, movie theater, rest rooms, gift shop. Star Fort: Exhibits of historical and military items
Accessibility: Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible, fort is mostly accessible, closed-captioned orientation film; scripts are available for wayside exhibit text.

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