Beginning March 31, 2021, the park's historic zone and historic Star Fort will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00AM - 4:45PM. Fee collection for access to the historic zone will resume and will ONLY utilize the online service- recreation.gov Exhibit areas within the Fort and the Visitor Center will remain closed at this time and no public programs will be held. The wearing of face masks is mandatory within the historic zone and Star Fort.
The park's grounds and parking lot will remain open daily for recreational visitors (free). Visitor Center restrooms will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00AM - 4:45PM. Park gates open at 9am and close at 5pm. Masks are required on the grounds when there is not adequate room for social distancing with other park visitors.
Visiting Fort McHenry
Beginning March 31, 2021, the park’s Historic Star Fort will be open from Wednesday-Sunday 9:00AM-4:45PM. The admission fee of $15 will apply to adults, ages 16 and up, for entrance to the historic Star Fort utilizing ONLY the online service, recreation .gov No cash will be accepted onsite. Other federal passes such as the Senior Pass, Annual Pass, and the Access Pass will be accepted, but will not be available for purchase onsite at this time. More information can be found on our Fees & Passes page.
The park's grounds and parking lot will remain open daily for recreational visitors free of charge. Visitor Center restrooms will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00AM - 4:45PM. Exhibit areas within the Fort and 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, face masks are now required inside buildings and areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails and parking lots. Masks are required in the historic zone, inside the wooden fence, and in the historic fort. 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 will be open from Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00AM-4:45PM. Restrooms are available inside the fort. Fee collection of $15 for visitors, ages 16 years and up, will resume on March 31, 2021. All transactions will be done through recreation.gov Daily entrance tickets can be purchased prior to visiting and are good for 7 days after purchase. No cash will be accepted and no passes will be sold at the park at this time. Fort McHenry Annual Passes and American the Beautiful Passes are also available at recreation.gov. 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 all indoors exhibit areas are current 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 phone.
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.