The Peale Museum

The Peale Museum (HM3QB)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.509', W 76° 36.613'

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This structure is the oldest museum building in the United States. Designed by Robert Cary Long, Sr. for Rembrandt Peale, the museum opened to the public in 1814 as "an elegant Rendezvous for taste, curiosity and leisure." For a 25-cent admission fee, Baltimoreans came to admire "birds, beasts ... antiquities and miscellaneous curiosities" as well as paintings by members of the Peale family.

The audience was dazzled on June 11, 1816, when Rembrandt Peale illuminated the museum with burning gas. This feat led to the founding the same year of The Gas Light Company of Baltimore, the first commercial gas company in the country.

In 1830, the City bought the museum for use as the first City Hall. In 1876, the building also served as a public school for African-American children.
HM NumberHM3QB
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, Mayor, rededicated 2005, Martin O'Malley, Mayor
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 10:13pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361139 N 4350396
Decimal Degrees39.29181667, -76.61021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.509', W 76° 36.613'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 30.54" N, 76° 36' 36.78" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 225 Holliday St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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