George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The property was leased by Babe’s maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, who made his living as an upholsterer.Take a look at our Baltimore trip planner to schedule your visit to Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. Hirsh Goldberg, press secretary for Baltimore’s Mayor Theodore McKeldin, launched a successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace, which opened to the public as a national shrine in July, 1974. The not-for-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. was formed to govern the operation. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe’s widow, Claire; his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia; and his sister, Mamie, who was also born at 216 Emory Street.
In 1983, the operation expanded to become the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that signed Ruth to his first professional contract. At that time, the Foundation began formally operating as the Babe Ruth Museum. In 1985 the Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, designated the Museum as the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, who had departed the previous year for Indianapolis.
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum Reviews
Small but great museum dedicated to Babe Ruth. Great location as it is close to Camden Yards, nice hotels, and excellent restaurants. Very walkable. more »
Nice museum a short and easy walk from Camden Yards. Good history of Babe Ruth’s childhood and early days in Baltimore with autographed balls and historical items. The house has been restored well. Doesn’t take too long to go through, might be too short for the price, but good discounts for kids, seniors, military and still a great tour for the diehard baseball/Babe Ruth history fan.
Great place to go for baseball fans and history buffs! We had a guided tour which was very informative. Lots of interesting history! It is a small museum though, so I would recommend not going during a peak time.
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