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The Peale Center

225 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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Construction Date:1814
Architect:Robert Cary Long, Sr.
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The Peale Museum was the first structure designed and built as a museum in the United States. Architect Robert Cary Long, Sr. adapted a five-bay Federal style house plan with an elaborated entry to serve as the museum. It was promoted as “an elegant rendezvous for taste, curiosity and leisure,” and was known for its natural curiosities of the world. The museum’s collection is now at the Maryland Historical Society. The building served as Baltimore’s City Hall from 1830-1875, and then the city’s Colored Primary School No.1 until 1930, when it once again became a museum. Plans are underway for a renovation and addition by SM+P Architects as the building transitions to the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. Come on a tour of this rare gem during Doors Open Baltimore!

Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-3pm

  • Accessibility: Not accessible.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Photography: Visitors are welcome to take photos.