Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine should begin at the Visitor and Education Center. A short 10-minute orientation film is shown every half hour beginning at 9:05 am. Restrooms, exhibits, and a gift shop are also located in the building.
The Fort is self-guided and visitors should plan to spend an hour and a half touring the exhibits. Ranger programs are offered daily throughout the year. Please visit the program schedule for times and descriptions.
Fort McHenry hosts special events year round including twilight tattoo ceremonies, Civil War Weekend, Defenders' Day - The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend, Fleet Week, and other special interpretive programs. Check the calendar for dates and times.
The summer months include The Fort McHenry Guard performing drill, musket and artillery demonstrations. See our ranger program schedule for the current season to help plan your visit.
Join us and explore the birthplace of the American National Anthem!