There are many places to learn a little about Baltimore History. You can learn about various historic landmarks, locations, and even ships! One location to check out is the Historic Ships in Baltimore! This museum allows guests to take a tour of one to four of the following military vessels: the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake. Guests can also learn about the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse as well. Here is a little information on The Historic Ships in Baltimore museum, from the location and price of admission to what you can find at this museum.
The Historic Ships in Baltimore is located at 301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202. If you need to contact them, the phone number is (410) 539-1797. The hours of operation are daily from 10:00am until 4:30pm. The prices of admission are $11 to $18 for adults (ages 15 to 59), $5 to $7 for children ages 6 to 14, and $9 to $15 for seniors (age 60 and over). Children under the age 5, Military Personnel with ID, and museum members all get in for free. The admission varies depending on how many ships guests visit (one ship, two ships, or all four ships). Group rates are available (for groups of ten or more). This Baltimore museum is wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy the tour!
There are quite a few activities to check out when you are visiting the Historic Ships in Baltimore. The different tours will allow you to get a feel of what life was like on these historic ships!
The first thing you can check out is the Pier 1 and USS Constellation’s Museum Gallery. When you get there, you will be greeted by crew members in uniform and you can even check out the “Plan of The Day” to see what you can expect for the day. There are a total of four decks to tour, which are the spar deck (top deck, home of the sailing operations), the gun deck (which includes the Captain’s Cabin and Galley), berth deck (where the crew members lived), and the ship’s hold (which is where food and water were stored). During this large tour, you can talk to different crew members, pull on a few of the lines, check out artifacts that belonged to the crew, listen to audio tour wand, and more.
After you are done with this tour, you will move on to Pier 3. The Pier 3 tour includes the Lightship Chesapeake and USS Torsk. The Lightship Chesapeake has exhibits of the different dogs that kept the crew company during the boring or frightening nights. On the US Submarine Torsk, you can check out the torpedo rooms, the operation station, the engine room, and much more!
When you are done touring Pier 3, you will then tour Pier 5. Pier 5 will include the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. When you tour the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, you will be able to check out the bridge and areas below the decks (mess deck, wardroom, berthing), as well as the fantail. The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse includes information on different lighthouses in the Chesapeake area. As you tour this lighthouse, you will be able to get a nice view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor.
There are different overnight and education programs offered by this museum. There are overnight programs to take part in, which allow both children and adults to see what life was like on a Navy warship of the mid-19th century. The different overnight programs include the USS Constellation Overnight Adventure, USS Torsk Overnight Adventure, and the USCGC Taney Overnight Adventure. If you or your child do not want to stay overnight, there are different guided tours to take part in. The tours include the “Powder Monkey Tour for Kids”, the “Constellation 101: Ship’s Tour for Adults”, and the “A Ship as a Machine Tour”. The tours are available to groups, cost a fee (which varies depending on the age of each person and tour itself), and requires a reservation.
The Historic Ships in Baltimore museum offers different events through-out the year for guests to enjoy. All year round, you can check out the Live Daily Cannon Firings on the USS Constellation. You can also take your children on the “Powder Monkey Tour for Kids” on USS Constellation all year round, every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. There are many other seasonal events through-out the year, such as the Annual Independence Day Deck Party Picnic, Ship’s Company, and the Annual New Years Eve Deck Party. The non-year round events will vary per month and season.
This museum is a great place to take the family, visit with your friends, or even if you feel like going out alone for the day. Teachers and home schooling parents can plan out a field trip for their students and children! The next time you are looking to plan out a day of fun and learning, consider visiting the Historic Ships in Baltimore museum!
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