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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.


Daryl Nitz

Friday, July 27, 2018
Very small museum. It is also very inexpensive. The movie is great. The staff is excellent.

Lauro Guerra Jr

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Nice little museum with information regarding the flag that inspired the poem that became the national anthem of the U.S.A. It's not the Smithsonian, but if you're interested in history, it's worth to see the historical site.

Ines Torres

Sunday, April 29, 2018
It's a great place to go for some history! Love the ladies there that took time to show us around! Recomend! I wish more schools would do field trips like this! Everything about history is important!

Brandon Earhart

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
This is a hidden gem if you love history. The guided tour of the house was fabulous and the museum is small but very well done. Kids loved the hands on exhibits. There is also a kids craft room that my kids had a lot of fun playing in.

Steven Rastetter

Saturday, April 14, 2018
BEWARE. I am giving the museum a 5 as Its a very nice museum, however it's in a terrible neighborhood. We were on vacation and our car was broken into right in front of the museum at 2pm on a bright sunny day. The window was broken on my 10 year old jeep and my crappy Wal-Mart suitcase wad taken as well as the quarters I have for patking meters. Its apparent that the neighbors look for tourists to come up and steal their belongings while they spend an hour or two in the museum. I do recommend the museum but I would recommend parking in one of the paid lots and walk the 2 blocks to the museum.

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