Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Baltimore

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, formerly the Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum, is a museum located in the Jonestown/Old Town and Little Italy neighborhoods of eastern downtown Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Built in 1793, it was the home of Mary Pickersgill when she moved to Baltimore in 1806 and the location where she sewed the "Star Spangled Banner," the garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry in the summer of 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The museum contains furniture and antiques from the period as well as items from the Pickersgill family.
A 12600sqft museum was constructed next to Pickersgill's home. This museum houses exhibits on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore. It has an orientation theater, giftshop, exhibit galleries, and meeting rooms. The museum features a 30 by 42ft tall window which was created to be the same color, size, and design of the original Star-Spangled Banner made by Pickersgill in the adjacent Flag House.
In 1927 the house was sold to the City of Baltimore and the newly established Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association which grew out of a number of members who had participated in the earlier Centennial Celebration in 1914. In the twenty years prior to that, the home had been used for a variety of services including: a post office, bank and shipping facility. Prior to 1908 the house was occupied by Placido Milio and his family. In 1928 it was dubbed a historic shrine.
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  • We visited the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House on Flag Day which included an unfurling of a full-sized replica flag, a inspirational talk by a Park Ranger, a tour of the restored home where the flag.....  more »
  • My daughter and I visited this attraction in February. It is a nice little museum about the creation of the US Flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s poem that became our national anthem. It started with a 20 minute video, and then a roomful of exhibits. You can then go to the actual house where the flag was made. You can do this museum in about one and a half hours taking your time. There is also a small gift shop.
  • A good place to spend an hour or so learning about the history of the Star-Spangled Banner and seeing where it was created. The home is restored and there is a self-guided tour; the museum is small but informative and friendly staff.

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