You can find all kinds of stuff here: Cal Ripken's bat, Stieff silver, and recordings, correspondence, and sheet music of Broadway composer Eubie Blake. Francis Scott Key's manuscript of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is the centerpiece of an exhibit called "Looking for Liberty." Other collections represent Maryland's 350-plus years of history in a sprawling museum that takes up a city block and includes the town house of Baltimore philanthropist Enoch Pratt, which served as the MHS's first home. The museum store is part consignment store, part gift shop, and has plenty of antiques and other interesting items. It's easy to spend a couple of hours on a visit here, and the society is not far from the Walters Art Museum and the antiques shops of Howard Street.
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