The Baltimore Experience
Since its founding in 1729, Baltimore has played a key role in creating the American identity. Explore its inspiring history shaped by centuries of innovation, extraordinary sights, and a truly diverse culture. Discover the people and places that make Baltimore an unforgettable American city.
EXPLORING THE CITY
Whether you’re planning a trip to Charm City or just exploring from the comfort of a cozy chair, this section contains a wealth of information on Baltimore’s sites and attractions. Have a particular interest? Check out our menu of virtual itineraries which cover everything from Civil War history to what sites to visit with children.
400 YEARS OF HISTORY
Baltimore started quietly, but quickly became a bustling commercial center in the late 1700s. This section has a timeline of Baltimore history and articles on the people who transformed the city.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE
From its founding in the 1700s, people of African descent have shaped Baltimore – politically, culturally and physically. African American Baltimoreans stood at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, built lasting civic and religious institutions, and made transformative contributions in the arts.
BALTIMORE AND THE WAR OF 1812
It was the decisive victory in Baltimore that forced the end of the War of 1812 and gave birth to our National Anthem. The city’s role in the war is a complex story, filled with violence, passion, and valor. This section dives into the fascinating history of the War of 1812.