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How to Reach the Fort

Fort McHenry is situated in Baltimore, about 3 miles from the center of the city, and is readily accessible, via East Fort Avenue.

Services to the Public

The area is open to the public on weekdays from 7:30 a. m. to 5:30 p.m.; on Sundays from 9 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. The museum hours are from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. EST

A nominal admission fee is charged visitors 12 years of age or over, except for members of school groups. When accompanied by adults assuming responsibility for their safety and orderly conduct, children under 12 years of age and groups of school children between the ages of 12 and 18 are admitted free.

Organizations or groups are given special service if arrangements are made in advance with the superintendent.

Related Areas

The two other areas administered by the National Park Service directly related to the War of 1812 are Chalmette National Historical Park, in Louisiana, which commemorates Jackson's victory at New Orleans, and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial National Monument, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, commemorating the great naval victory of Lake Erie.


Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is administered by the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior. Communications should be addressed to the Superintendent, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore 30, Md.

cross section of bomb ship
Cross section of bomb ship showing mortar and supporting structure.

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