Fort McHenry National Monument And Historic Shrine
Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine should begin at the Visitor Center. A short 10-minute orientation film is shown two times per hour: on the hour and half-past the hour throughout the day. Restrooms, exhibits and a gift shop are also located in the building.
Plan to spend about one hour touring the fort - all self-guided. An entire visit usually requires two hours.
This is an outstanding 2-3 hour place to visit. Excellent history displays within the fort. Do enter each of the four inside exhibit areas to learn about the way they lived & trained. Extensive grounds to walk around & a good location for pics of the bay or just sit & visit with friends. Definitely do NOT skip the historical movie at the welcome center. I look forward to going back again on my next trip to Baltimore.
I am British and didn't learn American history at school (obviously!). Visiting Fort McHenry gave me an insight into our shared history. The war of 1812 doesn't really figure in British or European history at all as it was, for us, a side issue to the Napoleonic wars and other major European events of the time, whilst the USA was a young country. I will be recommending a visit to Fort McHenry to all my relatives who are in the Baltimore/Washington area on future vacations.
Great for walks, just about 1 mile around the entire paved trail and sidewalk. Great views. Lots of folks out for walks, runs, and dog walks. Benches to sit and enjoy the sights. Very well done museum. Public bathrooms that are always clean.
Kinda small museum, but well run. NPS rangers are great. The grounds and fort are what you've really come out there for, and are excellent.
Fantastic customer service from park ranger Ray! Beautiful historic site, clean and well-kept. Museum and video presentation were fantastic.