Please join Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) MFA program in Curatorial Practice and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for the opening reception of Everyday Utopias, a public art installation at Pool No. 2 in Druid Hill Park. Everyday Utopias invites viewers to consider the promise of both real and imagined aspects of civic participation as they navigate their way through physical structures and spiritual spaces of the pool’s remains.
Start a tradition on News Year's Day by starting the year off on the right foot, left foot or any foot -- join the Friends of Druid Hill Park on our Annual First Day Hike in Druid Hill Park! Connecting with the outdoors brings a sense of rejuvenation that's especially appropriate on New Year's Day and Druid Hill Park is the perfect place for that experience. This walk will be roughly a 6-mile loop on paved surfaces with several steep hills.
Using historic photos and vintage Zoo maps, this tour will chart the history of the Maryland Zoo from its inception in 1876 as a series of small animal exhibits inside of Druid Hill Park to a major urban cultural institution.
Just next to the Rogers Mansion at the Maryland Zoo is another architectural gem, the Maryland House. Join Baltimore Heritage and Preservation Maryland for a tour of this historic building that was Maryland’s showcase in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition with tour guides Tony Azola of the Azola Companies and Lori Finkelstein, Vice President of Education, Interpretation, and Volunteer Programs (and unofficial historian) at the Zoo.
Our upcoming tours give you an insider’s look at one of the most talked about projects in Baltimore, let you step into an often overlooked gem at the Maryland Zoo and tell the love stories of Mount Vernon. We are also bringing back our popular Monumental City tours on Sundays from April to November!
On April 14, our Port Covington tour offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the City Garage and a chance to talk with Sagamore Development about their vision for the future of South Baltimore. Originally developed in 1904 around the end line of the B&O Railroad, the Port Covington area is today poised to become Baltimore’s largest urban redevelopment project.
For our Maryland House tour, Tony Azola of the Azola Companies and Lori Finkelstein of the Maryland Zoo will guide you through an architectural gem located just next to the Rogers Mansion. The Maryland House was built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and then rebuilt on the Zoo grounds. Special thanks to Preservation Maryland for co-hosting this tour! We also will hold our Mount Vernon Love Stories tours (rescheduled from a very cold Valentine’s Day weekend) on April 9 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Finally, our Monumental City tours return starting April. These tours are a great way to explore Baltimore on Sunday mornings. Join us for as we explore Jonestown and the Shot Tower (1st Sunday); Landmarks and Lions Downtown (2nd Sunday); Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument (3rd Sunday); and the Patterson Park Pagoda (4th Sunday).