Fort McHenry National Monument
and Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
Birthplace of the National Anthem
�O say can you see, by
the dawn�s early light,� a large red, white
and blue banner? �Whose broad stripes and
bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming!�
over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle
of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant
defense of the fort by 1,000 dedicated Americans
inspired Francis Scott Key to write �The
The park is three miles
southeast of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and just off
I-95. Follow the brown Fort McHenry directional
signs along all major routes to the park. From I-95
northbound or southbound, take Exit 55 Key Highway
and follow Fort McHenry signs on Key Highway to
Lawrence Street. Turn left on Lawrence Street and
then left on Fort Avenue. Proceed one mile to the
From the Inner Harbor, take
Light Street south to Key Highway. Turn left and
follow the Fort McHenry signs to Lawrence Street.
Turn right on Lawrence Street and then left on Fort
Avenue to the park.
Open - Daily, 8 A.M.-4:45 P.M.
Location: Near the park entrance.
Exhibits: Exhibits, model of the Star Fort and a
movie theater featuring the film, "The
Defense of Fort McHenry."
Open Daily, 8 A.M.-4:45 P.M.
Location: Within 200 yards of the Visitor Center.
Exhibits: Exhibits of historical and military
memorabilia, electric battle map, restored barracks,
restored flag pole. New exhibits include the
Commander's Quarters, Guard House, Powder Magazine,
the Enlisted Men's Quarters and "Witness to
Available Facilities: Restrooms are located in
the Star Fort.