Upcoming Events

August 11, 2019 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

September 5, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

September 5, 2019 - 11:00am
A collection highlights tour takes place at 11 a.m.—explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

September 5, 2019 - 1:00pm
Take a tour of the War of 1812 exhibition in honor of Defender's Day. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

September 8, 2019 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Nora Ellen Carleson will explore the late 19th and early 20th century dressmakers of Baltimore who clothed the city's most fashionable denizens through importing, smuggling and the creation of their own luxurious fashions.

September 14, 2019 - 10:00am
Join Maryland’s State Underwater Archaeologist, Susan Langley, and MdHS for a kayak paddle tour of the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere.

September 19, 2019 - 10:00am
The Maryland Historical Society's Paul Henderson Photograph Collection travels to Goucher College for the 2019-2020 school year.

September 26, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join us for a free teacher happy hour and view our resources available for use in your classroom. You will have an opportunity to interact with professional museum educators and observe examples of onsite and virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online curriculum, and more!

October 3, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

October 3, 2019 - 11:00am
A collection highlights tour takes place at 11 a.m.—explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Barbara Meger. The impact on today’s fashion by Maryland-born Claire McCardell is huge, but one which is unknown by most. We take for granted what we wear. Join Volunteer Curatorial Assistant Barbara Meger as she shares results of her research into the MdHS manuscript and fashion archives and reveals the depth of McCardell’s contribution.

October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Join us for a night full of food, fashion, and dancing to commemorate the opening of our exhibition Spectrum of Fashion: Celebrating Maryland's Style. Tickets available June 1 for members, June 15 for non-members.

October 13, 2019 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

October 14, 2019 - 10:00am
MdHS will offer free admission on Indigenous People's Day.

October 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Sponsored and co-organized by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and hosted by the Maryland Historical Society Join us at MdHS for a historical play about one of the most important American spies of World War II that most people have never heard of. The performance, geared for an adult audience, portrays the true story of Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native. Light refreshments served.

October 26, 2019 - 10:00am
**EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL** Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland history on this special Halloween tour of Green Mount Cemetery and MdHS. Tour our galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past. Then, motorcade to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends, and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries. Lunch provided. Registration required.

October 30, 2019 - 6:00pm
Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) crafted her extraordinary “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”—exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes—to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” These dollhouse-sized dioramas of true cases, created in the first half of the 20th century and still used in forensic training today, helped to revolutionize the emerging field of homicide investigation. This panel discussion will discuss the life and work of Glessner Lee and the process of conserving and curating The Nutshells for the 2017 Renwick Gallery exhibition.

November 2, 2019 - 2:30pm
True crime and history lovers unite! Join MdHS and Bruce Goldfarb (executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland and curator of The Nutshells) for an exclusive tour of Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, 18 dollhouse-sized dioramas of true cases created in the first half of the 20th century and are still used to train homicide investigators today.

November 7, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

November 7, 2019 - 11:00am
A collection highlights tour takes place at 11 a.m.—explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

November 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
Take a tour of our newest exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Lance Humphries, Ph.D. When the Maryland Historical Society took up its home in the Enoch Pratt House in 1919, the Mount Vernon neighborhood was undergoing a major evolution in its history as a home to the city's elite during the Gilded Age, from the mid- to late-19th century. This lecture, presented by Lance Humphries, will map out the development of the area over the last 100 years.

November 9, 2019 - 10:00am
We are celebrating the opening of our newest exhibition, "Spectrum of Fashion," with a unique Girl Scout event! Join SEWSQUAD as we turn your closet cast-offs into this season’s must-have accessories.

November 10, 2019 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm
Archaeologists Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer will present their current research on the two of the smallest and oldest wooden homes remaining in Fell’s Point: The Caulkers' Houses. Hosted by the MdHS Maritime Committee.

December 5, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

December 7, 2019 - 9:00am
Travel with MdHS to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library to see Costuming THE CROWN. Experience this fabulous exhibition during Yuletide with an exclusive tour of the gallery and enjoy a champagne luncheon at the historic Green Room at the Hotel du Pont.

December 8, 2019 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

January 20, 2020 - 10:00am
Practice your loops, swirls and basic strokes as we learn how to read historical documents from written by Marylanders just like us. Using chalk, ink, quills and paint, participants will be engaged in local history while learning or perfecting this lost art.

February 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Gather around our sewing table and practice this traditional skill. Using the historic and contemporary quilts on display in our exhibition, Hometown Girl, participants will stitch their way through the basics of applique and other types of sewing possibilities.

February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Join us for a lecture on Rick Bell’s most recent book, Stolen. The gripping true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South-and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Richard Bell, Ph.D. teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award.

March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Join a Women's Suffrage March! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that played a major role right here in Maryland. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? How would you feel not be able to vote on issues that were important to you? This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge!