The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

844 East Pratt Street

About us
The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum is one of Baltimore's oldest museums. Founded in 1927, the Flag House has been open to the public for 76 years. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association, Inc. was formed in 1927 to operate a museum dedicated to the story of Mary Young Pickersgill who made the enormous 30 x 42-foot Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem. Mary Pickersgill's flag still survives and now hangs at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Visitors to The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum tour the 1793 home of Mary Pickersgill where she sewed the Star-Spangled Banner in the summer of 1813. The house is preserved in excellent condition and furnished with graceful Federal antiques including pieces from the Pickersgill family. Tours are led by experienced guides and offer adults and children alike the chance to understand how the Star-Spangled Banner was made and what life was like for a widowed flag maker in the early years of our nation's history. A visit also includes a stop at the War of 1812 Museum with its interesting displays of military and domestic artifacts and acclaimed video presentation. Take time to enjoy the award-winning garden, which includes a unique 17 x 28-footstone map of the United States.

The Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum sponsors an active public events calendar, including open hearth cooking demonstrations, quilt conservation workshops, scholarly symposia and family fun days. Check out our calendar of upcoming events. Click here to see a picture of our new War of 1812 Musuem.


Rebekah Lockwood

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

What a unique piece of history! Thank you, Baltimore, for preserving this! The museum is classy and teaches all about the flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our National Anthem. The actual house has been preserved for us to see and imagine what life was like back then. If you take a self-guided tour, ask the front desk for the booklet that tells what each number is in the house. Fascinating material!

Erin La

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

2nd grade class went here for a class field trip. It was okay, but some of the staff didn't know how to present to kids. They were more interested in making a presentation to the adult chaperones. There also isn't a lot to do here. Maybe 45 to 60 minutes of activities/touring. Most of the kids were bored with the place by the time we were 20 minutes into the trip. Great information and a couple interesting things to see, but I don't see any reason to go back.

Deanna Smithers

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Educational and fun. It's an interesting bit of history that many people don't know. A beautiful garden in the yard. Go when you come to Baltimore and of you live here learn your history and go!

Anne Gross

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Visited on a school field trip in the 6th grade and I enjoyed it :) #goodtimes

Sasha Witte

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Wonderful tour guide!