In an effort to entertain some history lover friends visiting the area, I suggested this spot as a morning activity. There is surely something here for everyone and my traveling companions did seem to enjoy the toys, fashions, weapons and tools. I enjoyed the folk arts display especially. The free parking is a definite plus as well. The sculpture garden is very small, but a nice break from the rather over-bearing interior. I don't know whether anyone else has noticed, but the smell of mold and mildew in the interior of the museum is almost over-bearing. Had I not been entertaining friends, I would have left after 15 minutes. I searched for a spot inside where the smell did not attack me and I could not find an interior respite. Thank goodness for the respite of the outdoor garden. Our Saturday visit totaled almost three hours - we only encountered 2 or 3 other visiting parties, which is a shame - because the collection is quite nice. I even remarked to my friend the contrast between this place and the (relatively) nearby Smithsonian museums in terms of visitors. If you like having a place all to yourself and don't mind the odor, this place is for you! Hopefully a good air\duct cleaning would correct the problem. In the meantime, the displays of Baltimore founding families, the role of Maryland in the Civil War and the other various assorted displays are real treats each and every one. I am glad this place exists and I hope the air quality improves soon.
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