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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Historic Site, History Museum, and National Park · Fort McHenry
2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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    Pam M.
    "War of 1812 & Francis Scott Key"(5 Tips)
    Sean W.
    "Check out the short movie in the Visitors Center."(4 Tips)
    Cindy R.
    "Watch the cannon demonstration!"(3 Tips)
    "If you're confused, ask a park ranger or visit"(3 Tips)
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  • scenic views
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  • Thomas B.

    Great place to take the kids for a history lesson.

    Thomas Bryner · 1 week ago
  • Tabitha H.

    Scenic views and historic landmark.

    Tabitha Hooper · March 16
  • Melanie Z.

    Gorgeous view of the water and an informative, engaging exhibit on the War of 1812

    Melanie Zucker · December 16, 2015
  • John H.

    Really cool fort. See its history as a fort throughout the last 200 plus years. See the actors in theme giving out canon demonstrations and more. Make sure you take a look at the harbor from the walls

    John Hankus · October 10, 2015
  • Erik H.

    Public restroom in the visitor center.

    Erik Hummel · May 31, 2015
  • Catia D.

    Nice to go and listen the park ranger tell you the stories. It beautiful landmar. Great view of Baltimore and the battlefield. Amazing movies at the center about the soldiers

    Catia DaSilva · May 30, 2015
  • Margaret

    Presentation lacked since sound system wasn't working otherwise beautiful.

    Margaret · January 11, 2015
  • Doraly P.

    It's umm interesting, nice view of the water

    Doraly Pantaleon · September 28, 2014
  • Mike B.

    The National Park Service has done a great job preserving this Fort. Make sure you watch the film at the visitors center first.

    Mike Barker · September 15, 2014
  • Pam M.

    Historic fun. Learn about the War of 1812 & Francis Scott Key: Singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the O's game might mean a little more afterwards. Great for a run, dog-walk, or watching the water.

    Pam Miller · August 21, 2014
  • Andrew V.

    If you don't want to pay (and don't mind not seeing the inside of the fort), you can walk the perimeter paths of the park for free. Takes you around the fort for some nice scenic views of the harbor.

    Andrew Van Alsten · August 13, 2014
  • Rick G.

    You must stay until they take the big flag down so that you can help with that!

    Rick G. · August 9, 2014
  • Zach E.

    Salute the 200th Anniversary of the 'Star-Spangled Banner' Read more

    Zach Everson · June 30, 2014
  • Catherine S.

    Plan more than the recommended time if you want to read everything.

    Catherine Starr · May 19, 2014
  • Michael B.

    The birthplace of our national anthem. If it wasn't for Fort McHenry, we would have no national anthem.

    Michael Barnstein · May 16, 2014
  • Marsha P.

    See the Fort.

    Marsha Pilling · May 5, 2014
  • Marsha P.

    See the Fort it's awesome

    Marsha Pilling · May 5, 2014
  • Chris G.

    Stand in the center of the theater during the movie. You'll have the best view for the dramatic ending.

    Chris Gieger · April 28, 2014
  • Anju B.

    Great historic place! The short movie shown at the beginning is awesome.

    Anju Biswas · March 19, 2014
  • Tom M.

    The place that Francis Scott Key saw "by the rockets' red glare" and wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner".

    Tom Meagher · February 23, 2014
  • Thomas S.

    Awesome!!! Preserving history. Very informative narrative. Well worth the visit.

    Thomas S. · December 7, 2013
  • Edward C.

    I had a nice time talking to fellow walkers and park rangers. Walked twice around in forty five minutes. Disabled Americans can visit park for free.

    Edward Caffrey · September 13, 2013
  • wenny l.

    the video is the best. must watch.

    wenny lo · September 4, 2013
  • Ary O.

    Great people here can't wait to return, bring water in the summer it gets hot

    Ary Otero · July 16, 2013
  • Patti M.

    It may say $7 but it's FREE to walk around the trail :)

    Patti McCormick · June 8, 2013
  • Mindy V.

    Summer of 2013, the gates will close every day at 18:00.

    Mindy V · May 25, 2013
  • Amanda F.

    Don't ask questions when 20 ppl are behind you in line. If you do, you deserve a billion paper cuts.

    Amanda Foster · May 25, 2013
  • Steven M.

    . Many stories of ghosts and ghostly activity include: a shadowy figure marching along the parapets, an evil spirit in the hallway leading to the bathrooms, floating or moving furniture

    Steven Miller · October 20, 2012
  • Deborah C.

    Ranger Vince is the best. He is the most animated, entertaining and fun tour guide.

    Deborah Cogan · October 9, 2012
  • The Baltimore Sun

    See the place where Francis Scott Key was inspired him to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." There are also good spots for picnicking and great views of the water. Read more:

    The Baltimore Sun · September 20, 2012
  • Chris S.

    Read about Francis Scott Key in the exhibit. He owned slaves, but released most. He despised Abolitionists, and called for slaves to be re-established in Africa. His grandson was imprisoned at the Ft.

    Chris Slattery · September 6, 2012
  • Wayne

    AMERICA! F*%# YAH!

    Wayne · August 31, 2012
  • dawn b.

    Check out the movie, it's worth it. Also the noon flag ceremony is nice to have the kids participate

    dawn bricker · August 24, 2012
  • Erik C.

    This was an amazing untouched fort The original American flag was hung here. They have the grounds open can go to the barracks where the soldiers live and the original cannons It's 7$ entry

    Erik Cintron · July 29, 2012
  • Sean W.

    Check out the short movie in the Visitors Center. It'll move you.

    Sean Wells · July 11, 2012
  • US National Archives

    Check out this picture depicting President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford wave arm in arm to the crowd during the 1975 Independence Day ceremonies at Fort McHenry. Read more

    US National Archives · July 10, 2012
  • Becca Lynn C.

    My son uses his pirate ship from Legos in the bath tub and reinacts the battle. He would go to the fort every day if I could afford it.

    Becca Lynn Carter · July 8, 2012
  • OurTripVideos

    Celebration of the American Flag(Flag Day), Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD, US - Pictures Read more

    OurTripVideos · June 17, 2012
  • Leslie K.

    Great place to run a few laps.

    Leslie Kon · March 16, 2012
  • Patti S.

    Come at 4:20 to help lower and then fold the 15 star/15 stripe US flag!!

    Patti Schwensen · February 23, 2012
  • Maryland

    Count the number of stars and strips on the flag. If you're confused, ask a park ranger or visit for more information!

    Maryland · January 27, 2012
  • Baltimore Maryland M.

    While it was a key site of the Battle of Baltimore, it's now the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the water. Bring some lunch. Grab a book.

    Baltimore Maryland Manager · January 25, 2012
  • Chef Scott A.

    See the new 1812 exhibition

    Chef Scott Anderson · October 1, 2011
  • Baltimore

    Voted 2nd Best Local Landmark by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011

    Baltimore · September 21, 2011
  • Jackie D.

    Had a great time walking around taking in the history and seeing the artifacts.

    Jackie Dimetro · August 25, 2011
  • Baltimore Maryland

    Fireworks over the Fort. They have them several times a year and they are always spectacular. Flag Day and Defenders' Day are among the best.

    Baltimore Maryland · August 15, 2011
  • The Baltimore Sun

    What Qing Li loves about Baltimore: "When you get to the top of the ravelin wall, which is outside of the fort walls ... it's a clear view out to the water without all the cannons." Read more

    The Baltimore Sun · July 20, 2011
  • Amnesty International B.

    Everyone has the right to a nationality.

  • Smithsonian Channel

    After the bombardment of 1814, Fort McHenry never again came under attack, but continued to house troops and prisoners through the end of the Civil War. (From Aerial America) Read more

    Smithsonian Channel · June 24, 2011
  • Audra C.

    Take the water taxi to and from here

    Audra Correa · June 18, 2011

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