Carroll Museums

Carroll Museums Revitalizing the Carroll Mansion and Phoenix Shot Tower in Downtown Baltimore. Explore 200 years of history at the Carroll Mansion, winter home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, last living and only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Follow the mansion’s evolution after Carroll’s death in 1832, into a saloon, immigrant tenement, vocational school, and recreation center. Experience the Phoenix Shot Tower. Built in 1828, it was the tallest building in the US until 1846 and annually manufactured 2.5 million lbs. of “drop” shot. It is only one of three remaining shot towers in the United States.

Mission: Carroll Museums is an educational not-for-profit organization spearheading the revitalization of the Mansion and Tower through innovation, collaboration, and cultural stewardship. We welcome your support and involvement and look forward to sharing these fascinating sites with you.

Way to go!
08/04/2020

Way to go!

This Founder's Day we are kicking off a new initiative. You can visit The Peale's ever-changing exhibits and events in the virtual world of @SecondLife. Current highlights of the virtual museum include the 3D interactive Peale Museum building and the virtual world exhibition, "Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility.”

Join us on our 206th birthday, August 15th, for our Virtual Open House. RSVP to get the link and more information on participating. https://www.thepealecenter.org/events/15aug2020/

#ThePeale #history #Baltimore #bmore #museums #secondlife #virtual #virtualworld #onlinevent #tour #foundersday

Way to go!
08/03/2020
Founder’s Day Virtual Open House – The Peale Center

Way to go!

Founder’s Day Virtual Open House Take a tour of the Virtual Peale! August 15, 2020 | 11:00 am EDT Free Online | RSVP Opened in downtown Baltimore on August 15, 1814, Rembrandt Peale’s Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts was the first purpose-built museum in the United States. Now you can visit t...

A man of his times.
07/23/2020
Museum Mourns the Passing of John Lewis

A man of his times.

In 2016, Lewis was the recipient of our highest honor, its Elie Wiesel Award, in recognition of his extraordinary moral and physical courage and commitment to promoting the human dignity of all people.

07/18/2020
Five Minute Histories: The Shot Tower

The Phoenix Shot Tower remains closed due to on going restoration. Meanwhile, enjoy this short history of the Tower narrated by Johns Hopkins and published by our Baltimore Heritage partners.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkd1B8bQM6c

Today we visit one of Baltimore’s iconic landmarks—the Shot Tower! Thanks for watching and we’ll see you Friday. This is our series called "Five Minute Histo...

07/12/2020
Five Minute Histories: Carroll Mansion

Yes, indeed. We had a soft reopening on the 4th of July - our holiday!

This week we focus on Revolutionary War sites around our city! Today we take a look at the Carroll Mansion and its storied past. Thanks for watching! This is...

07/11/2020
Five Minute Histories: Carroll Mansion

The Carroll Mansion has reopened. Come check us out every Saturday and Sunday, 12-4.

If you are unable to visit, check out this 5-minute history of the Mansion produced by our partners at Baltimore Heritage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz1rnZQfg6w&t=159s

This week we focus on Revolutionary War sites around our city! Today we take a look at the Carroll Mansion and its storied past. Thanks for watching! This is...

07/08/2020
The Peale Center

The Peale Center

The Peale is excited to share stories and photos by Daisy Brown, a native Baltimorean and our staff photographer and storytelling ambassador, who is working on an audio-diary project called, Stoop Shoots. From a safe distance, Daisy is taking photos of people in East Baltimore on their stoops and in the surrounding neighborhood, and inviting them to share their stories. She’s also capturing black-and-white vignettes of street corners, parks, and sidewalks in East Baltimore.

“Stoop Shoots” is part of our ongoing Baltimore storytelling program, an authentic way to discover the people and places of the city. To date, we have shared more than 1,500 stories online, at the Peale Center, and in Baltimore’s communities.

Just a reminder: The Carroll Mansion reopens at noon today. Masks are required and social distancing is in effect.
07/04/2020

Just a reminder: The Carroll Mansion reopens at noon today. Masks are required and social distancing is in effect.

The Peale Center
06/27/2020

The Peale Center

Brand new: Check out the latest episode of "Stoop Shoots," by Peale staff photographer and storytelling ambassador Daisy Brown. In this installment, Daisy talks with a Baltimore teacher about her emotional reaction to the death of George Floyd. This is the third episode in the series so far. Daisy will be around town collecting your stories all summer long. https://youtu.be/jZma8dc_3z8

Screening of Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889) – The Peale Center
06/23/2020
Screening of Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889) – The Peale Center

Screening of Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889) – The Peale Center

Screening of Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889) July 1, 2020: 12pm Online RSVP in advance to join Free online screening of “Ghost Tour,” a virtual tour of the exhibit “Education Will Be Our Pride: The Colored School at the Peale (1878-1889)” followed by ...

The Peale Center
06/21/2020

The Peale Center

On Fathers Day, we are again introducing Mama Linda’s Chapbook. Twice a month the highly respected and insightful Mama Linda will be sharing a poem with you. We love Mama Linda and you will, too 🤎

”I pray every day that the Creator continues to show you the way.
Show you the light as you continue to fight for equal rights.”-Mama Linda
READ THE FULL POEM HERE https://www.thepealecenter.org/mama-lindas-chapbook-june-19-2020/

📸credit: Glenn Ricci, 2018
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY from The Peale!
#fathersday #bmoreart #poetry #ThePeale

This is Census Tract 302. It is the home of the Phoenix Shot Tower and Carroll Mansion. You can also find the Jewish Mus...
06/20/2020

This is Census Tract 302. It is the home of the Phoenix Shot Tower and Carroll Mansion. You can also find the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Flag House, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Columbus Statue, and Civil War Museum here.

Image Credit: @everytract

Carroll Museums has received several calls regarding the Phoenix Shot Tower after the defacement of the Police Memorial ...
06/18/2020

Carroll Museums has received several calls regarding the Phoenix Shot Tower after the defacement of the Police Memorial in Shot Tower Park today.

The Tower was not involved in the incident. Carroll Museums, Inc. continues to work with our partners in Department of General Services to ensure the physical security of the Tower.

The Phoenix Shot Tower remains closed due to ongoing restoration. We look forward to reopening the Tower upon completion of that work.

06/13/2020
The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards

The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards

Despite the many challenges we face at this time, the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival Committee is working to persevere and stage the 2020 event as planned, October 3 & 4. Couldn't be at last year's event? Here's an (un)happy look back at the 2019 festival!

Want to join us in planning this year's event? Visit the website to learn how vendors, performers and volunteers can join: https://poefestinternational.com/exhibitors-%26-volunteers

The Peale Center
06/13/2020

The Peale Center

In the week's e-news: the artist Jeffrey Kent speaks for the Peale with his Black Lives Matter paintings. Check out more images of Jeffrey's installation and add your voice to the Baltimore story project documenting this historic moment. Find out how. https://mailchi.mp/thepealecenter.org/3june2020-2236149

Good morning Baltimore!
06/10/2020

Good morning Baltimore!

She has good ideas!
06/09/2020

She has good ideas!

On June 11 at 5pm (CEST), Peale executive director Nancy Proctor will share her thoughts on how small museums can use digital technology to stay relevant and be sustainable. Great for museum folks! Please register at http://meetcenter.it

192 years ago today, construction of the Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore's greatest landmark, began. Charles Carroll of Ca...
06/02/2020

192 years ago today, construction of the Phoenix Shot Tower, Baltimore's greatest landmark, began. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, laid the cornerstone.

The Peale Center
05/27/2020

The Peale Center

Join us for a live virtual tour of the Peale tomorrow at 4:30! If you haven't heard our about history as a museum, city hall, and African American school, this is your chance to get a glimpse of Baltimore's (and the nation's) oldest museum building. https://mailchi.mp/thepealecenter.org/26may2020

The Peale Center
05/23/2020

The Peale Center

Sunday at 3:00pm! Join Shauntee Daniels, of the Baltimore National Heritage Area; Tony Mendez, from EL Y Mar Films; Myles Banks, of Just Stunt Productions; Leon Smith-Bey, from Arch Social Community Network, and Nancy Proctor, from the Peale, for a free screening of "By Any Means Necessary: Stories of Survival."

The 25-minute film takes a closer look at the young entrepreneurs that have grabbed both headlines and everyone’s attention. Hear directly from them about the impact of squeegeeing on their lives and what they need the public to understand about this unique approach to self-sufficiency. Panel discussion to follow. Photo by Daisy Brown. Please RSVP to join us: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-virtual-film-screening-by-any-means-necessary-stories-of-survival-tickets-105391234018

The Peale Center
05/20/2020

The Peale Center

Take a brain break with a fun virtual tour of the Peale TOMORROW at 4:30pm. Hear amazing stories about our building and its history as the first purpose-built museum, a 19th-century school for African Americans, and the home of gaslight in Baltimore. $5 donation to join. Sponsored by our friends at Baltimore Heritage. https://www.thepealecenter.org/events/virtual-highlights-tour/

Baltimore National Heritage Area
05/16/2020

Baltimore National Heritage Area

Baltimore's Spirit - Historic Faith-Based Architecture in the City

Baltimore is home to some of the most beautiful, iconic and history rich faith-based architecture in the U.S. Make sure you visit them online to learn more about their place in history, who built them and how they are serving the Baltimore community today.

St. Vincent de Paul Church - Since 1840 - stvchurch.org

St. Vincent de Paul parish was founded in 1840 when Irish laborers were being brought here by the boatload to dig the C&O Canal and built the B&O Railroad. The first pastor, and perhaps the architect of the church, was Fr. John Baptist Gildea.

The church opened its doors to its first worshipers in 1841 and has been welcoming them ever since – the first and only church building this parish has ever had, making it the “oldest parish church in continuous use in Baltimore.”

The Peale Center
05/13/2020

The Peale Center

On tap for May 20! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peale with @bmoreheritage. Get the scoop on the history of the oldest purpose-built museum building in the U.S., right here in your backyard! The virtual tour is $5. https://www.thepealecenter.org/events/virtual-highlights-tour/

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis
05/13/2020

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis

The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis is looking forward to the day when we can share this beautiful rose garden with our visitors!

Congratulations to Kyle and Rose, two of Carroll Museums's favorite volunteers, for successfully walking every residenti...
05/07/2020
Couple Walks 50 Miles Covering Every Residential Block of the South Baltimore Peninsula

Congratulations to Kyle and Rose, two of Carroll Museums's favorite volunteers, for successfully walking every residential block of the South Baltimore Peninsula!


https://www.southbmore.com/2020/05/07/couple-walks-50-miles-covering-every-residential-block-of-the-south-baltimore-peninsula/

With the current COVID-19 pandemic eliminating Kyle and Rose W.'s commutes to work, they decided to use the extra free time to get some exercise and walk every single residential block of the South Baltimore Peninsula. The Federal Hill residents, along with their dog Brooklyn, accomplished their goa...

The Peale Center
04/29/2020

The Peale Center

Charles Willson Peale descendant and Peale board member Tim Sellers recreates Charles' self portrait "The Artist in his Museum," 1822, for the #museumChallenge. The activity encourages people to reimagine famous works of art in their own homes and gardens! The original Peale painting is at the PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but we have a large-scale replica on our first floor too!

OTD in 1861, Baltimore Police raid the Phoenix Shot Tower. The ammunition inside was seized in response to the Pratt Str...
04/23/2020

OTD in 1861, Baltimore Police raid the Phoenix Shot Tower. The ammunition inside was seized in response to the Pratt Street Riot and other disturbances in the area.

The Peale Center
04/21/2020

The Peale Center

This Wednesday at 4:30pm, join us for a webinar for storytellers that focuses on fundraising in the age of COVID-19. And, don't forget about the free lecture on women's suffrage with Dr. Sylvea Hollis this Friday! https://mailchi.mp/thepealecenter.org/21april2020

Lewis Contractors
04/21/2020

Lewis Contractors

Lewis Contractors considers it a privilege to have received the call to restore one of the architectural jewels that abound throughout the City of Baltimore. http://lewis-contractors.com/?p=2244

The Peale Center
04/21/2020

The Peale Center

Tomorrow is #EarthDay. We've spent the last six months collecting stories from Maryland's environmental activists and policy makers as part of an oral history series supported by the Town Creek Foundation. Listen to Kathy Phillips talk about her efforts to keep Maryland's water supply safe. (And, if you've ever wanted to know the truth about poultry farming practices, this is your chance to know where your food comes from.) https://soundcloud.com/beherestories/sets/stories-of-marylands

Happy 241st Birthday to Samuel Chase. Described as "a busy, reckless incendiary, a ringleader of mobs, a foul-mouthed an...
04/17/2020

Happy 241st Birthday to Samuel Chase.

Described as "a busy, reckless incendiary, a ringleader of mobs, a foul-mouthed and inflaming son of discord and faction, a common disturber of the public tranquility," Samuel Chase and Charles Carroll of Carrollton were colleagues in the early days of the American Revolution. Eventually, an attempt by Chase to profit off insider information by purchasing a large amount flour to resell to arriving French forces soured the relationship between Carroll and Chase.

Imagine Credit: Wikipedia

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800 E Lombard St
Baltimore, MD
21202

Carroll Museums is accessible by MTA, Charm City Circulator (Green and Orange Line), and Baltimore Metro Subway (Shot Tower Stop). For more information: http://mta.maryland.gov/ http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/

General information

At the present time, we are closed for the health emergency. Normally, Carroll Museums is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday! Tours can be arranged during the week for groups. The Carroll Mansion: Open to the public for guided tours Saturday and Sunday from 12pm- 4pm. Tours start on the hour and the last tour begins at 3pm. Phoenix Shot Tower: Tours depart from the Carroll Mansion every promptly at 4pm. All visitors must meet the docent at the Mansion by 4pm to participate. Shot Tower Sundays: 10am-12pm drop in tours at the Tower every Sunday from May- Nov. Visit www.carrollmuseums.org for more details and admission! Keep updated on events and art exhibitions with the Carroll Museums blog, http://thecarrollmuseums.blogspot.com/! Follow our Intimate Wedding on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeddingsAtCarrollMuseums?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(410) 605-2964

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