After reading an article in the Sun the other day saying that the Baltimore Civil War Museum and the Fells Point Maritime Museum are probably going to be closing within the next few months because the Maryland Historical Society doesn't have enough money to keep them open, Paul and I decided we should go check them out while we still had the chance.
We headed to Fells Point to the Maritime Museum first. The admission is $4. There is a lot of information on the shipbuilding business that occurred in Fells Point during the 1800's. There are a lot of models of various ships and different tools that were used to build the ships. There is also information on various people involved in the shipping business as well as info on what the ships were used for. It was actually pretty interesting.
And to keep us in the ship mood, it turns out there was some Norwegian Navy ship docked at the Broadway Pier that they were letting people go on and tour around. So we decided to talk a walk around that as well. It was neat. Not something you get to do every day. Mostly going through the control/navigation room in the front was cool. Walking through all the hallways and taking forever as people slooowly climbed up and down the ladders was not so fun.
After that we went to the Baltimore Civil War Museum. The admission for this museum was also $4. Before going to the museums I totally expected that the Civil War museum would be much more interesting than the maritime museum. I was sorely mistaken. I probably wouldn't bother going to the civil war museum. I don't really think you're missing anything. Basically they just tell the story of the fight that occurred in Baltimore as Union troops from Massachusetts were on their way to DC and had to stop in Baltimore to change trains. Shots were fired and the first casualties of the civil war occurred. They basically just tell this story in panels along the wall with a bit more information on slavery and the Underground Railroad in Maryland. There are no artifacts or anything to look at. You might as well just stay home and read the informtion in a book or on the internet as opposed to going to the museum to stand there and read it off the wall. There is also a short video that basically just repeats everything you just read. So the maritime museum was definitely better.
But I'm glad we went so I got to see them and know what they were all about before they wind up closing.