Baltimore Museums Matter: Visit a Baltimore Museum this Holiday Season

By Elly Colmers Cowan

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:

list of museums in Baltimore

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Elly Colmers Cowan · Director of Government Relations

Elly Cowan works at the local, state, and federal levels to advance the historic preservation, smart growth, and community development policies that make Preservation Maryland's work possible.

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