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    Baltimore

    National Heritage Area Maryland

BNHA War of 1812 Bicentennial Passport

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During the three-year commemoration of the War of 1812, track your journey with stamps in the heritage area's War of 1812 Bicentennial Passport.

In June 2012 during the Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore, the Baltimore National Heritage Area rolled-out the passport as a fun way for kids of all ages to keep track of the sights, ships and events of the War of 1812 Bicentennial.

Participating visiting tall ships, gray hulls (U.S. and foreign naval vessels) and historic sites will validate your passport with a unique stamp as a keepsake of places you have visited. When you have collected ten stamps (including four from specific sites in Baltimore), you can send off your passport for a commemorative coin.

Passport and Stamp Locations
The passport is free and is available at various 1812-related sites and events in the Baltimore region. Refer to the list below or visit the passport Facebook page for the most up-to-date listing. Please check visitation hours prior to attempting to get your passport stamped at any site.

Participating Passport Sites and Attractions

  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Baltimore Visitor Center
  • Clifton Mansion at Clifton Park
  • Dundalk-Patapsco Historic Society
  • Fell's Point Visitor Center
  • Fire Museum of Maryland
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Hampton National Historic Site
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • Maryland Historical Society
  • Maryland Women's Heritage Center
  • Mount Clare Museum House
  • Pride of Baltimore
  • Renaissance Baltimore Haborplace Hotel
  • Saint Mary's Spiritual Center
  • Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards
  • Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
  • USS Constellation and the Historic Ships in Baltimore

Stamps for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail are available at the Baltimore Visitor Center and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Note: The passport is not an entrance ticket or free pass to any site.

Events The Baltimore National Heritage Area and its partners will host many 1812-related events throughout the bicentennial period (2012-2015). Check the passport Facebook page for events offering the passports and stamps. Also, many of the tall ships visiting Baltimore during the bicentennial have a unique stamp for your passport.

Coin Redemption To be eligible to receive your coin, you have to have ten official stamps in your passport. Four of these stamps must be from the following sites:

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
  • Baltimore Visitor Center
  • Maryland Historical Society


You can collect the other six stamps from participating sites and events. Check the passport Facebook page for the most up-to-date information of places to collect stamps in your passport.

Once you have the required four stamps and stamps from at least six other War of 1812 passport sites and events, fill out the simple form and mail with your complete passport. Don't worry, we'll send your passport back to you as a memento!

Coins will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Please allow four to six weeks for delivery of your coin and cancelled passport. Only one coin per person with a valid passport.


The passport and coin are made possible through the generosity of The Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation, and was created by the Baltimore National Heritage Area War of 1812 Education and Curriculum Committee with the support of The American Flag Foundation, Inc. and the Maryland Historical Society.

Did You Know?

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The first bloodshed of the Civil War occurred in Baltimore on April 19, 1861 when a skirmish erupted between Baltimore citizens and Union soldiers marching through the city. Five soldiers and 11 civilians were killed.