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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.


Chell Broadhead

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The only American National park to be called a shrine and there is a reason it’s a pretty monumental and pivotal moment in American history. This is where Francis Key Scott penned the beginnings of our National Anthem I highly recommend seeing Fort McHenry in your lifetime. The facility has a wonderful story that is shared in a theater that runs the film every 30 mins. The history about the battle of 1812 was given by a volunteer guide at times listed on the front desk - make sure you do the guided tour it was well worth it to learn and remember your history lessons from your middle school days. We went in early June - wear mosquito repellent, a hat and drink lots of water. If you are wheelchair bound there is a paved portion of the tour you will be able to see assisted or unassisted.

Allie Genia

Monday, May 14, 2018
This was a great visit! Since moving to the area this was one major spot we hadn't visited yet, so we finally went. As always, I'm really thrilled about the park site - every aspect of it from the staffing to the exhibits to the availability of information was fantastic. We were lucky enough to arrive in time for a guided tour - if you get the chance, join up! It's a walking tour that takes approximately an hour. Our volunteer guide tailored it to our group and allowed us access to some of the on-site artifacts - overall, he was funny and very engaging. We also saw the flag change, which is especially cool due to the history of this site. Aside from the historical aspect, it's a gorgeous place to take a walk. There's a lot of gentle rolling hills with asphalt or brick to show you where it's safe to walk along with a water taxi service (which we missed, but will definitely go the next time we come). We also saw costumed staff which was a lot of fun! Overall, this is a really nice place. It's a great visit if you're looking for a gentler-grade historical experience in the middle of a bustling city (and there's some great food nearby to boot!). Make sure to check the calendar for special events too! We'll be back in the summer for them for sure.

Dakota Kauffman

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Had a fantastic time walking the grounds and looking at the sights. The park rangers seemed very knowledgeable and loved to answer questions. You can definitely make a short day trip out of a visit to this park. They took great care in trying to keep things authentic and period correct. I would recommend this park if you're in the area.

Danielle Stiebs

Monday, July 2, 2018
I may have rated this higher if it wasn't so hot the day that I went, but as it stands I did enjoy it. We arrived in time to watch the into film and participate in the changing of the flag. It looks big when it's up, but 30'x42' I way bigger when you're helping to keep it up off the ground. The next day I saw the original i. D.C. and it was awesome to know more about the history prior to that.

Tom Waugh

Monday, May 14, 2018
I love this place. This is one of the most peaceful and most respectful places i have been. This is a place to come if you want to respect our past and the present freedom. This place represents what we call America. The National Park Service does a great job taking care and maintaining the park. it has paths that go all around and through it and the path borders the Chesapeake Bay at which you can view the Francis Scott Key Bridge, whom comes to mind every time i think of Fort McHenry as a Baltimore native.This is a great place to bring your children to show them what we as Americans fought for over 200 years ago.

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