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American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum seeks to build upon the ancient Native American Vision Quest, and other similar self-revelatory journeys undertaken by visionaries in different times, cultures, and places. They seek to draw attention to America's history as a mecca for forward-looking innovators, optimists, dreamers and doers -highlighting the sense that America is at her best when she actively remembers that many of her greatest citizens were very much self-taught, self-made pioneers.


The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

There is something for everyone at The Baltimore Zoo and now is the perfect time to experience it! Every time you visit The Zoo, you're bound to have at least one encounter that amazes you. A quiet staring contest with the stunningly beautiful spectacled owl, a prairie dog's call, a leopard's view of you - from the tree above, a magnificent African lion roar, or a Zoo baby out for its first time. Imagine your child's amazement when a real chimpanzee walks over, looks straight at them, and presses its palm against theirs through the glass. The world is full of beautiful and fascinating life, as you'll discover on any visit to The Baltimore Zoo. Explore the wild life and wild places of the world without ever leaving the state.


Port Discovery

Port Discovery, the Kid-Powered museum, offers three floors of endless interactive fun for the whole family, with exhibits designed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. Education and entertainment are joined in wondrous hands-on activities that run non-stop daily. Imagination, Exploration, Action and Passion… it's all here at Port Discovery. They are dedicated to encouraging all of their visitors to open their minds, explore their dreams and aspirations and put them into action. Are you ready for an adventure?


The Baltimore Poe House and Museum

The primary item on display is the house itself. In addition, a number of pieces related to Poe are exhibited, including glassware and china belonging to John Allan (Poe's foster father), a telescope reputedly used by Poe, Poe's sextant, a traveling desk (or lap desk) he presumably used at the University of Virginia and a full-sized color reproduction of the only known portrait of Poe's wife, Virginia, done at her death in 1847. A set of Gustave Dore's 1884 illustrations for Poe's "The Raven" are featured on the second floor. A series of videos and other displays relate to Poe's life as an author and his death (including several of the bottles of cognac left over the years at Poe's grave by the mysterious "Poe Toaster" and a contemporary reprint of Griswold's infamous obituary of Poe, here from the October 24, 1849 edition of the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper). Some furniture of the period, although not Poe's, is also exhibited, primarily on the top floor.


Maryland Science Center

The mission of the MSC is to stimulate and cultivate awareness, interest, and understanding of science for all residents of and visitors to Maryland through excellent and exciting educational programs and exhibits, and to be a regional resource and a national model for science education.


National Aquarium

The Aquarium's exhibit philosophy flows directly from the mission and value statements. The Aquarium strives to blend naturalistic exhibit elements with the most modern interpretive techniques, engaging visitors by focusing on the beauty of the aquatic world and thereby eliciting an emotional response and awakening in visitors the desire to be environmentally responsible.


Baltimore Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

More than 5000 visitors are hosted each year for guided tours, special seasonal and holiday events, open houses, weddings, photo shoots, the largest Easter Egg Hunt in the city and many other family oriented events and activities. The palm house and green houses feature plants from all around the world, a wide variety of annuals and perennials, a tropical display, a cactus display, a rain forest exhibit and the annual Fall Chrusanthemum and Holiday Poinsettia Displays.


More Baltimore sites of interest:

Baltimore Museum of Art

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