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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.


Meghna Rao

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Awesome experience. Loved visiting the four ships and the light house. The best thing is that the tickets are valid for a whole year. Even kids will have fun. Also the location is perfect. Lots of things to do around the water front. The aquarium is near by.

Jannipa J

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Take your time and read as much as you can there. So many things are fascinating. The staffs are nice and you should look at time schedule to see what's time they have special activities to show you. We got to see they demonstrate their small cannon!

Lori Caldwell

Thursday, July 12, 2018
The ship was AMAZING to look at but we did not pay to enter the museum. You can see the harbor here and I'd highly recommend coming in the evening to see it when it's dark and lit up as well. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby to enjoy as well as fun tourist shops.

Dan Garcia

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Been here three times now on my work-related travels to DC. This waterfront area is pretty small, but worth a visit if you're in the area. The ships are kool and there's some good photo opps here. There's several restaurants located here as well. We ate at the Japanese restaurant here couple of times and it was pretty good. If your a baseball fan, the Orioles stadium is located here, too.

Andrei M

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Nice collection of four historic ships in the inner harbor of Baltimore. It includes USS Torsk (SS-423) - Tench class submarine, USS Constellation (she was built at 1854), a lightship Chesapeake and coast guard cutter Taney. Unique collection of the ships from different time periods.

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