Plan Your Visit

The park's historic Star Fort is open daily, 9:00AM - 5:45PM. Fee collection for access to the historic fort has resumed. Visitors are encouraged to purchase the 7-day entrance fee pass online prior to visiting at recreation.gov

The park's grounds and parking lot are open daily for recreational visitors (free). Visitor Center restrooms are open daily 9:00AM - 5:45PM. Park gift store is open daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM. Park gates open at 9:00AM and close at 6:00PM.

A visitor service tent outside the back of the Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00AM - 4:30PM. Park maps, brochures, Junior Ranger books, and passport stamps are available at the tent. Rangers and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide needed assistance.


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. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.

Exhibit areas in the Visitor Center will remain closed at this time and no public programs will be held.

People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Disposable masks are available from a Ranger upon request.

 
aerial view of star fort
Aerial View of Star Fort

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Visiting Fort McHenry

The park’s Historic Star Fort is open daily from 9:00AM-5:45PM. The admission fee of $15 will apply to adults, ages 16 and up, for entrance to the historic Star Fort. You can buy this 7-day entrance fee pass online at recreation .gov or in our gift store. 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. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.

The park's grounds and parking lot are open daily from 9:00AM - 6:00PM for recreational visitors free of charge. Visitor Center restrooms are open daily from 9:00AM - 5:45PM. The park gift store is open daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM. A visitor service tent outside the back of the Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00AM - 4:30PM. Park maps, brochures, Junior Ranger books, and passport stamps are available at the tent. Rangers and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide needed assistance.

Exhibit areas in the Visitor Center will remain closed at this time in alignment with federal state and local public health guidelines for social distancing. No public programs will be held on site and will continue to be virtual. Park Rangers remain on duty and all regulations still apply.

Visitors 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.

Face Masks and Social Distancing in the Park


To protect the health of park visitors and staff, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Disposable masks are available from a Ranger upon request.

Access to the historic zone may be temporarily restricted to ensure visitors have enough space to be socially distant. When enough visitors leave the zone, access will be reopened.

Entrance Fees to Historic Zone and Star Fort


The historic Star Fort is open daily from 9:00AM-5:45PM. 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 store. 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.


Virtual Events and Programs


Fort McHenry is not conducting on-site public programs or providing visitor services at this time. Virtual programming is on-going, and opportunities are listed on the calendar of events. When normal operations fully resume, Fort McHenry will resume special events and regular daily programming. Check our social media and the official website for the most updated information.

Last updated: July 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone:

(410) 962-4290 x250

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