The neighborhood is sketchy, very sketchy, but I enjoyed the time spent in the museum. Yes, the place needs some work, but the exhibits and information presented helped me overlook any shortcomings. I especially liked the salute to/wax figures of notable Baltimoreans and the lynching exhibit. During my visit, I was able to move between listening to tour guides and doing a self-guided walk, which made the visit less confining. I went on a weekday and found on-street parking close by and a small amount of patrons. It's a short drive from the Harbor, not walking distance. You could probably spend an hour on a self-guided walk of just looking; longer if you take time to read everything or stick with a tour guide. I'd highly recommend this for school-age youngsters, but adults should find it extremely worthy, too.