USS Constellation#9 in Best Things To Do in Baltimore
The USS Constellation, which is currently docked at pier 1 along the Inner Harbor, was first launched in 1854 and has had a tenuous history throughout its active life. The last all-sail ship in the U.S. Navy, the Constellation once played a role in disrupting the slave trade and has seen duty in both world wars. Today, visitors can climb aboard and tour the decks and play the part of a 19th-century sailor.
Travelers report that youngsters (and the young at heart), particularly enjoy hanging out on the vessel, since there is much to see and do. Plus, recent visitors complimented the informative tour guides at the historic site. However, touring the ship might not be the best for those who can get a bit claustrophobic as some spaces are tight and can be tricky to navigate.
Hours vary by month, but generally, the USS Constellation welcomes visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30, 5 or 6 p.m. Adult admission prices start at $15; kids ages 6 to 14 can enter for $7; and visitors ages 5 and younger can enter for free. With the purchase of a ticket, you'll also be granted admission to one other ship of your choosing, all of which are located at the Inner Harbor. You can also buy passes to view up to four ships. Consult the Historic Ships in Baltimore's official website for current hours and special exhibition openings.
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#1 Baltimore Museum of Art
Situated in Charles Village, just north of the downtown area, the Baltimore Museum of Art claims the title of largest art museum in Maryland. Filled with more 95,000 art pieces, including an impressive Matisse collection, donated by Baltimore natives Claribel and Etta Cone, the museum draws art enthusiasts from across the globe. An entire Cone Wing of the museum is devoted to the sisters' spectacular repertoire of paintings from distinguished artists like Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne. Recent visitors praised the extensive collection, citing free admission to the world-class museum as a major perk.
The museum is also home to one of the largest Andy Warhol collections in the world and features European sculptures, African and Asian arts, and decorative arts. The Contemporary Wing, which showcases works by women and artists of color, among others, and the sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, are two main museum highlights. If you're interested in discovering what else is on display, check out its official website.
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