Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Field Trip:

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Location: 844 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-837-1793
Grades: PreK – 12th
Subject: American history
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Tuesdays – Saturday
Closed: 4th of July, Thanksgiving, & Christmas
Cost: $5 per student
$9 per teacher or chaperone
Children under 6 free
Parking: Free parking available along Albemarle St. with a permit obtained from the Flag House front desk.
Local paid parking garage

  • Automated main entrance
  • Accessible routes throughout exhibits
  • Ramps
  • Elevators
  • Touchable / Tactile exhibit items
  • Large print signage, brochures, and/or exhibit material
  • Audio tours

County location

Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip

yes Free Lesson Plans yes Docent Tours
NO Online Activities NO Homeschool Programs
NO Classes/Workshops yes Scout Badge Programs
yes Trunk and/or Travelling Program NO Virtual tour

About the Star-Spangled Banner Flage House:

Built in 1793, the Flag House was once the home and business place of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over Fort McHenry that inspired him to write our national anthem. Pickersgill, her mother, Rebecca Young – who began their flag-making business – and Mary’s daughter, Caroline, moved into the house in 1806.

Featured exhibits located in the museum building include a discovery gallery for children, where kids can design a flag and fly it on the gallery’s flagpole, cook at a replica of the Flag House kitchen and more. The Flag House’s most current permanent exhibit is “Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner,” the first of its kind in history that focuses on the life of Mary Pickersgill, her family, household and neighborhood. It includes several interactive areas, including a station where you can measure yourself against the two foot stars and attempt to hoist the flag’s weight. The exhibit features a fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner flag, a drum used by an American soldier during the bombardment of Fort McHenry and more.

Field trip tours focus on storytelling the history of the American flag or using primary sources to understand the War of 1812. Groups can add-on 30-minute hands-on activities for $2 per student.

Docents for walk-in visitors are available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House does not sell food. On-site picnicking area can be reserved for a small fee.


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