The Greater Baltimore History Alliance recently issued an open letter in support of Baltimore City’s museums and historic sites in response to actions by the Carroll County Public School Board to cease field trips to Baltimore. While the ban will be lifted in the new year, this is a precedent that should not be set.


Museums strive to create safe, inclusive, and fun spaces that provide essential public services, while heritage and history based tourism make a significant economic impact on our city each year. Heritage tourism within the Baltimore National Heritage Area, where many of Greater Baltimore History Alliance member sites are located, generates $534.5 million in economic impact, supports 6,110 jobs, and generates $38.2 million in tax revenue.

These sites are dependent on visitors, and many are volunteer run. A drop in visitorship could have a devastating effect on these guardians of our City’s history and heritage. In solidarity with Baltimore’s museums, the Greater Baltimore History Alliance is encouraging residents from Baltimore City and the surrounding counties to plan a visit to a Baltimore historic site, museum, or historical society this holiday season!


The Greater Baltimore History Alliance and Preservation Maryland offer up these ways to support Maryland history and heritage this holiday and everyday:

  • Visit a museum or historic site with your in-town or visiting family! Many museums are decorated for the holidays and offer family-friendly programming.
  • Do some holiday shopping at a local museums or historic site gift shop! It’s a great place for unique gifts.
  • Share your awesome historic experiences with the world using #bmoremuseumsmatter and #preservemd.
  • And, of course, renew your memberships and be generous in supporting your favorite special Maryland places.

list of museums in Baltimore

Historic Sites in Baltimore