Visiting Fort McHenryVisitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine can start their visit before leaving home. Download the new NPS App which is the official app for all 420+ NPS sites. The NPS App will act as your virtual visitor center! You can also see the movie that is usually shown in the visitor center which is available on our multimedia page on our website and is a good way to become familiar with the park’s history. Virtual tours, self-guided tours, other videos, and photo galleries are also found on the same page on our website.
For more ideas on how to visit Fort McHenry NM&HS, make sure to visit the park's Trip Ideas page.
Entrance Fees to Historic Zone and Star Fort
Fee collection of $15 for visitors, ages 16 years and up, has resumed for entrance to the historic fort. Daily entrance tickets are good for 7 days and can be purchased prior to visiting online at recreation .gov or in our gift shop. Other federal passes such as the Senior Pass, Annual Pass, and the Access Pass will be accepted. We are now able to sell some passes in our gift shop. Passes available for purchase are America the Beautiful Annual pass, Fort McHenry Annual Pass, and the 7-day park entry pass. All other passes must still be ordered online at USGS Store. Your fee dollars allow the parks to complete important historic restoration projects that preserve our nation’s treasures. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.
Self-Guided and Virtual Tours
The fort is self-guided and some indoor exhibit areas are currently closed due to Covid-19. Be aware that entrance to the historic zone could temporarily be suspended if crowd size does not allow for safe social distancing. There are several virtual and self-guided tour options that allow visitors to view all exhibit areas and have a guided experience via smart device.
Purchase Entry Passes ahead of Time
The admission fee for the park’s Historic Star Fort ($15) will apply to adults, ages 16 and up, for entrance to the historic Star Fort. Visitors are encouraged to purchase the 7-day entrance fee pass online prior to visiting at recreation .gov. Other federal passes such as the Senior Pass, Annual Pass, and the Access Pass will be accepted. We are now able to sell some passes in our gift shop. Passes available for purchase are the 7-day entrance fee pass, America the Beautiful Annual pass, and Fort McHenry Annual Pass. All other passes must still be ordered online at USGS Store. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.
Last updated: March 22, 2022