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What's New in Baltimore March/April 2009


Baltimore is Gearing Up!
With warm weather around the corner, Baltimore is gearing up for fun spring events and exhibitions. In March, everyone will be screaming, “It’s a circus in Baltimore!” with special circus-themed events. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and Port Discovery Children’s Museum have added new permanent exhibits to their attractions and the National Aquarium in Baltimore is adding a new dolphin show. Lots of excitement and it’s not even spring! Here’s a peek inside Baltimore’s upcoming events.  

Circus, Circus, Circus!
In March, Baltimore will host three circus-related special events, making it a great time to swing into town. Inspired works by some of the 20th century's most renowned artists capture the colorful characters of the Circus in the Baltimore Museum of Arts' "A Circus Family: Picasso to Léger." Then, a brilliant new show, "KOOZA," arrives from the brilliant world of Cirque du Soleil. Finally, children of all ages can join in the fun of when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents "Over The Top!" For more information, visit


Waterfront Invasion
The National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Maryland Science Center will partner this summer to develop value added packages for all to enjoy their new exhibitions opening Memorial Day weekend. The National Aquarium debuts Jellies: Oceans Out Of Balance and the Chinasaurs invade the Maryland Science Center. Visitors can experience both exhibitions and more for a great deal using the Harbor Pass.  Purchase online at and save 20 percent.



African American History
With the celebration of the NAACP's 100th anniversary and the latest addition of the President Barack Obama wax figure at the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Baltimore proves to be an exiciting place to be explore African American history. A number of African Americans were integral in shaping the cultural, social, political and economic fabric of Baltimore and our nation. Their contributions remain a vital component to the city's heritage and even inspired a Broadway play -- "Thurgood," -- based on the life of Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall. Baltimore's rich African American history and attractions are one of the city's greatest draws. Top attractions include the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Frederick Douglass -- Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, and the Dorothy Parker Memorial.

Nevermore 2009
January 1, 2009 – January 30, 2010
Baltimore celebrates the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe in 2009. The festival will officially kick off in January 2009 with a variety of events to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, and will be followed by a year of lectures, wine tastings, art exhibitions, theatrical performances, special tours and more, all to commemorate the life and works of Poe. The running list of participating events, hotel packages and attractions can be found on the new, dedicated Web site

NAACP Celebrates 100 Years
In February 2009, the NAACP marked its 100th anniversary. The NAACP Headquarters, based in Baltimore, will host celebrations and observances throughout the year that highlight the organization’s significant role in leading social change in America. Events include special events at leading attractions, exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures and more.

Top of the World Observation Level Turns the Big 3-0
The world’s tallest equilateral pentagonal building celebrates 30 years at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Known for its spectacular view of Baltimore and beyond, Top of the World is slated to host exhibits about how the Inner Harbor has changed over the past 30 years.

Take in a Broadway-style production at the Hippodrome Theatre, catch an O's game at Camden Yards, have a one-of-a-kind experience at Fell's Point's annual Privateer Day and more!
For a complete listing of fun-filled activities, click here.

President Barack Obama Wax Figure
Opened January 2009
National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum recently unveiled President Barack Obama’s wax figure.

Ready-Set-Good to Go Convenience Store

Opened January 2009
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Port Discovery opens its second permanent exhibition titled Ready-Set-Good to Go Convenience Store. The exhibit will focus on how families can make healthy choices in a convenient world.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Opened February 2009
1 East Pratt Street, Inner Harbor
Sullivan's serves the finest hand selected premium choice aged beef, which is cut in-house daily, along with a great selection of seafood, ranging from Salmon Steaks to Florida Stone Crab Claws & Live Maine Lobsters. Proud recipient of Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence," the wine list offers an array of selections from around the world, with emphasis on California Reds. In addition, their bars boast live entertainment seven nights a week and are graced with beautiful baby grand pianos, as well as high-end cognacs, single malt scotches, an incredible wine selection & a fully stocked cigar humidor.



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