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Baltimore - Fort McHenry National Monument And Historic Shrine

2400 East Fort Avenue

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.


Brian Lundell

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Fort McHenry has to be one of the best places I have ever visited. The information center is beautiful and extremely interesting with great artifacts. The area surrounding the Fort is quiet and offers great views of Baltimore Harbor. You can totally see why this is such a strategic point. The Fort itself is interesting to explore and see the different revisions that the Fort has undergone. The Flag flying over the Fort is absolutely beautiful and just so humbling. It is such a great site to visit. It is so precious to our National Heritage and Culture. I encourage everyone to see this amazing piece of American History.

Sean Gallagher

Sunday, April 15, 2018
The National Park Service has done a wonderful job at Fort McHenry. Highly recommended. After paying your entrance fee, take a few minutes to watch the introductory video. It tells the story of the heroes who fought the British army and those who manned the fort during 25 hours of bombing by the greatest naval fleet in the world and the result that led to our national anthem. It's well worth a few minutes of your time. Then take a walk through the fort and around the ramparts and read the history of the fort and some of the people who served there. If the weather allows and you have the time, pack a picnic lunch and sit under the trees along the shore. You'll be in awe of the fort and the people who defended our right to be a country.

Nicholas Pearse

Sunday, April 22, 2018
On my way to D.C. my family stopped here, this was a great experience as you get a great view of the harbor and there is excellent potential for picture taking. Along with this the museum is very interesting if you like history. The park rangers are extremely nice and now my family has a story to tell. This is because my father who was born in London took down the American flag at the fort. The ranger said that was the first time an Englishman has taken down the flag. If you couldn't tell at 3 times of the day they replace the flag and they allow visitors to do it.

John Lane

Monday, April 16, 2018
There are a lot of forts of this era up and down the East coast. Fort Pulaski is another amazing example of this beautiful construction. Fort McHenry has to be the most impressive though. The well maintained grounds and artifacts are a huge part of this but also the rich history of the Star Spangled Banner. It is also only a short distance to USS Constellation and the National Aquarium.

Catherine Pierce

Sunday, April 15, 2018
The exhibits are very complete. First, there is a movie every half hour for about 12 minutes. While waiting, there are many things to see, including interactive screens. A few times a day there's a ranger talk. You can also visit on your own. All buildings are to be visited with sometimes short movies. In conclusion, it takes much longer than we expected. After all this, there are the grounds, canons, view of the city, etc. Plan over an hour.

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