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 Fort McHenry! The valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the U.S. national anthem. The fort's history holds many other stories too, from the Civil War to WWII.

View of fort from Visitor Center
Plan Your Visit

What is open? What is closed? Are there fees? What can I do there? Find answers to all of these questions and more!

Guide to visitors for fees and passes
Fees & Passes

Find information about fees and passes to Fort McHenry

Statue of George Armistead looking out over Patapsco River
History & Culture

Links to both the historical and cultural significance of Fort McHenry throughout the years.

A ranger talking to a group of visitors behind the visitor center.
Ranger Programs

Find out what programs are happening throughout the year!

Students participating in a flag talk
Plan a Field Trip!

Find all the information you need to bring your students or group to the park.

Blue flag with eagle and Fort McHenry Guard logo
Fort McHenry Guard

Learn about opportunities to bring history to life with the Fort McHenry Guard!

Student musicians posed along wall of fort.
War of 1812 Fife & Drum Camp

Join us this summer for our War of 1812 Fife and Drum Camp!

Last updated: January 21, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

410 962-4290 x250

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