Image via Flickr by Sangre-La.com

Image via Flickr by Sangre-La.com

Even before the United States became a country, Baltimore was a city at the forefront of history, influence, and culture. Whether you’re a history buff or you just love seeing how the past shaped an entire city, Baltimore has its fair share of historical sites and museums to quench your curiosity. Here are just a few of the places to explore the history of the Charm City.

The Grave of Edgar Allan Poe

If you’re planning to visit all the most popular historical sites in the city, start with Edgar Allan Poe’s grave during the day. It tends to become a bit more creepy at night. You can find his grave at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, just next to the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Prior to construction of this burial place, Poe was in an unmarked grave that became overgrown with weeds. Dedicated in 1875 with contributions from private donors, Poe’s grave stands as the final chapter in his own ghoulish tale.

Baltimore Wicked History Tours

Until Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” debuted in 2013, there was significant doubt that people considered learning about the past and drinking beers an ideal pairing. However, with Baltimore Wicked History Tours, you can do just that. Thursday through Saturday, you can set out with a tour guide and other guests on a pub crawl that also describes the historic Fells Point area. Once a haven for criminals, prostitutes, and other unsavory people, the area is now home to some trendy bars and restaurants, making it a stellar combination of old and new. The tour lasts 2.5 hours, costs $20, and is 21 and up.

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

No true baseball fan can go to Baltimore without heading to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. Located at 216 Emory Street, just a few blocks from Camden Yards (home of the Orioles), this museum tells the story of the Sultan of Swat, from his meager beginnings to his eventual super-stardom. Throughout the museum you can see rare artifacts such as bats, gloves, and uniforms. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. It’s open seven days a week during baseball season and six days a week in the off-season.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture

In the Inner Harbor neighborhood of Baltimore, you’ll find this lengthy-titled museum that highlights the historical and cultural contributions of many famous native African-American Marylanders. During the year, the museum offers many traveling exhibitions, as well as permanent collections. Some of these features include artwork, information about growing up black in Maryland, discussions, music, and dance. You can take a free guided tour or walk the grounds yourself. The museum is at 830 E. Pratt Street, and tickets are $8 for adults or $6 for children, seniors, and students.

This list doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to all the historical places in Baltimore, but it does provide a great starting point. The best way to explore the history of Baltimore is to immerse yourself in the city and see what you discover.