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|About the Museum:
The Maryland Historical Society museum features an incredible collection that celebrates Maryland’s rich and diverse history, from 18th- and 19th-century paintings and silver to 20th-century objects of everyday life. Among its more than 350,000 objects, the most significant collection of Maryland cultural artifacts in the world, are over 2,000 paintings including the largest collection of works of art by members of the Peale family, a significant collection of maritime-related artifacts, and important collections of 19th-century Maryland painted and inlaid furniture, silver, quilts, costumes, ceramics, dolls and toys.
Among its permanent exhibits you will find:
The Star-Spangled Banner Gallery: Home to the oldest known surviving manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Along with this national icon, the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery showcases paintings and artifacts, which tell the story of the brave Defenders of Baltimore who fought to protect our city and country from the British during the War of 1812.
Maryland’s Maritime Heritage: From Fells Point to the World: Highlights artifacts which were previously housed in the Fells Point Maritime Museum and examines the early history of Baltimore’s port.
Nipper’s Toyland: 200 Years of Children’s Playthings: Showcases the toys that Maryland children have loved over the past two hundred years. The exhibition features hundreds of toys, dollhouses, portraits and photographs associated with Maryland children.
Served in Style: Silver Collection of the Maryland Historical Society: Showcases important MdHS silver from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and provides an overview of the MdHS’ extraordinary collection of more than 2,000 objects.
Furniture in Maryland Life: Explores the manufacture, design, and function of furniture made and used in Maryland from 1634 to 2000. Decorative arts treasures, such as silver and porcelain, along with stunning paintings of Maryland interiors contribute to this fresh look at the furniture industry in Maryland.
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