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“Cliche but true: "hidden gem"”

Evergreen Museum & Library
Ranked #65 of 245 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: On the National Register of Historic Places, this mansion is a magnificent Italianate structure surrounded by twenty-six wooded acres and scenic formal gardens.
Reviewed May 22, 2013

I've lived in DC for 40 years and thought I knew most of the great attractions in Baltimore. Boy was I wrong. Yesterday, through Tripadvisor, I discovered, and visited, this amazing place. The charming and informed hour-long tour was way too short. This Gilded Age house, built by Robber Baron John Garrett, head of the B&O Railroad, makes you think. Such 1% accumulation of wealth is disgusting; such collecting of gorgeous and important art-work, by a specific human being with individual taste, is spectacular. The ripping off of the masses was done over 100 years ago; the house and collection remain. So unless you feel you shouldn't visit the National Gallery or Sistine Chapel or Machu Picchu because folks were exploited building them, do see this wonderful house and collection on 26 peaceful acres just north of downtown Baltimore. The house is a spectacular pile, added to over 75 years, and the collections are visibly shaped by the tastes of two generations of Garretts. It's a historical treat. (Not good for kids.)

4  Thank MackSandy
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were part of a meeting of L3 in Washington that included meetings with faculty at Johns Hopkins followed by dinner at the Evergreen House and Museum now owned by JH but just next to Loyola University. The museum is a true gem and former home of the Garrett family who donated the home (husband the house, followed by wife the contents with the stipulation that if they were ever separated, the entire place would be forfeit to JH). Mrs. Garrett had a theatre built in the home where she would be the sole performer for her dinner guests. Our dinner, after touring the art and artifacts in the home, was superb with our group being served simultaneously with terrific food by a very friendly waitstaff. Truly a great experience.

Thank Talon38
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

The Architecture of this historic mansion and surrounding gardens are truley worth a stroll back in time

1  Thank Srmille12
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Evergreen House & Museum has to be one of the most under-rated attractions (for adults!) that Baltimore has to offer. Tours leave on the hour (you must be on a tour -- can't wander the house on your own), and can last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how many questions you ask your knowledgeable guide. The house itself is gorgeous, filled with art, books, and furnishings collected over the years by the various members of the Garrett family. And the stories of the family members themselves are fascinating, and provide an excellent glimpse into the history of Baltimore, the region, and indeed the world during the late 1800s and first half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, no photography is permitted (that's the only downer -- you'll want to snap away at all the incredible decor and exhibits). But go!

2  Thank rip2632
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

In all the years that my daughter attended Loyola University, we never went next door to see the Evergreen Museum. We recently visited since she is now an alumni and we were so thrilled with this beautiful little museum. It sits atop a high hill as a beautiful mansion. We went when the house was decorated for Christmas and it was even more beautiful. On top of that, the day we visited, unbeknownst to us, was dollar days so our visit was only a dollar! We had a terrific tour guide who told us about the family that lived there, all of the Tiffany decor, and the era in Baltimore. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

Thank Debora T
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