Plan Your Visit

Visitor and Education Center
Visitor and Education Center at Fort McHenry NMHS

Currently, only the park's grounds and parking lot are open for recreational visitors. Park gates open at 9am and close at 5pm.

The Star Fort and visitor center remain closed due to health concerns related to COVID-19. Restrooms are open Wed-Sunday, 9AM - 4:45PM. Fort McHenry is not conducting on-site public programs or providing visitor information and services at this time.

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.

Entrance fees:
Admission to the historic zone is $15 per adult (ages 16 and over). Children 15 years of age and younger are free. National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Passes are accepted and available at the front desk in the Visitor and Education Center.

Join us and explore the birthplace of 'The Star-Spangled Banner!'

Last updated: November 23, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230


(410) 962-4290 x250

Contact Us