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Historic Ships in Baltimore

301 East Pratt Street

Mission :

 Historic Ships in Baltimore is a vital and growing institution located in the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Charged with caring for the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, US Submarine Torsk, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse and their related collections, as well as interpreting the history of these sites, the Museum plays a key role in the heritage and cultural landscape within the City of Baltimore, and it strives to raise awareness throughout Maryland and the United States of these important element of our nation's history.

An essential element in strategic planning is a shared understanding of the Museum's mission. The Mission Statement is an institution's purpose or reason for being.

The mission of Historic Ships in Baltimore is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of dedicated service given by the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, US Submarine Torsk, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse and their respective crews. The Museum achieves this mission through the historical interpretation, restoration and preservation of these revered symbols of our maritime heritage while acting as a cultural and educational resource for the community.

Historic Ships in Baltimore also includes the following tenets to be applied to the mission:

- Museum staff will work professionally and responsibly as a team, and be committed to quality and timely results.
- All museum work, including planning, interpretation, exhibit development, collections management, and accessioning of artifacts will be done according to professional museum standards.
- The Museum will strive to meet the needs of the members of the education community as well as the general public regarding the interpretation of the ship's past and related histories.
- Restoration and preservation work will be performed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects.
- Living history portrayals of individuals and crew activities will be performed to the highest standards of accuracy in accordance with museum best practices.
- The Museum will strive to be a source of civic pride and stand as a symbol and centerpiece for the City of Baltimore.

This mission is to be achieved in a work environment that recognizes that one of the Museum's most valuable resources is its staff and volunteers and their combined dedication to advancing the institution's mission.


Diane Martin

Friday, March 23, 2018
Neat ships to explore and visit. Displays inside interesting and informative. Be prepared to climb up and down ladders. Not good for those with bad knees.

Julia Reil

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
The Historic Ships in Baltimore is a fine collection of three ships and a submarine that can be toured. The location of the ships docked in the Inner Harbor is a nice area to walk around.

Megan Drylie

Monday, July 24, 2017
Very reasonable price to tour 4 ships and a lighthouse in Baltimore. Our kids (5 & 7) had a good time. Lots of great, historical facts inside all the ships, One of the ships had a fun search for paw prints of a dog that had been on the ship. On another, we were in time for a sample show of firing a cannon. Lots of fun with group participation. That was my kid's favorite part.

Mase Driskell

Sunday, April 15, 2018
The sub was amazing, worth the money to see the sub alone.

Katie Fancher

Friday, Sep. 8, 2017
Well priced and very interesting if you want to look at ships. Many of the vessels were difficult to move through. The submarine doors are very small and the Constellation has very low headroom through out most of the ship, but it was very interesting, especially the "surgeon" on the Constellation.

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