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Mount Vernon Cultural District

MVBA / 1221 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Downtown)
410-528-1919
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Ranked #22 of 157 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Owner description: Mount Vernon is home to Baltimore's most prestigious cultural institutions including: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,The Walters Art Museum, The... more » Owner description: Mount Vernon is home to Baltimore's most prestigious cultural institutions including: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,The Walters Art Museum, The Lyric Opera House, Centerstage, Spotlighter's Theater, The Peabody Institute,Contemporary Museum, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute, Garrett Jacobs Mansion, The George Peabody Library, Maryland Historical Society, Theatre Project « less
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Md
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Old Baltimore exists in Mt Vernon. Although the Washington Monument has scaffolding on it, due to a preservation project (thank goodness), one must visit this area to get the feel of the gentrified area of the city, a century or longer ago. Oh, the Engineers Club has opera concert nights, silent movies with the old pipe organ improvising along with... More

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Washington DC
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159 reviews 159 reviews
44 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The Mt. Vernon district is a tribute to Baltimore, the East Coast's Charm City. For a brief moment in time you can feel like you are in Europe - the architectural style - the open square - the cultural attractions. Then you wake up and you come back to reality - Mt. Vernon is what all of Baltimore used to... More

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Hampstead
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wonderful architecture. Try to head there in the morning if you want to see the inside of the gothic church, as though it was supposed to close at 3, that day it wasn't open at 2:15 when we arrived.

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Shanghai, China
2 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

The historic architecture and institutions surrounding the Washington Monument reminded me of grand old cities in Europe--a highlight of our trip to Baltimore. Great restaurants and cafes to choose from nearby as well.

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Manchester
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are in the Inner Harbor, take the FREE purple line bus (comes about every 10-15 minutes) to The Mt. Vernon Cultural District. You will see beautiful buildings, churches, museums, etc.

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Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A wonderful neighborhood to visit. Buildings rich in history and beautiful green spaces to stop and relax in.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s-70s living in the suburbs of Baltimore County. This place gave me and my friends a cultural architectural perspective.The 18th and 19th century building connected us to our colonial roots.The Scottish philanthropist George Peabody founded the Peabody Institute of Music.The Librarians at the Pratt library were snooty when we were curious teenagers, going into... More

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Texas
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42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The area with the Washington Monument, Peabody and Walter's Art museum is really nice. Some of the area around it, no so much! We stayed in a little row house in the Mount Vernon cultural district and during the day it was fine, but we didn't walk around at night. I'd recommend staying in the inner harbor area if you... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I take all my guests on a stroll through the Peabody library because it is STUNNING (and free)! Some of the best restaurants in Baltimore are around here, including Brewer's Art (only open in the evening), Marie Louis, and lots of great ethnic food. Great place to eat!

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Maryland
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80 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Mt. Vernon has a nice array of restaurants, coffee shops and bars. It has a couple nice museums and unusual shops and neighbors who are as friendly as can be. This is a very highly dense LGBT community so the majority of the gay bars/restaurants are situated in this district. The only drawback is that a few blocks away is... More

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