Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, Baltimore

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The property was leased by Babe’s maternal grandfather, Pius Schamberger, who made his living as an upholsterer.

By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. Hirsh Goldberg, press secretary for Baltimore’s Mayor Theodore McKeldin, launched a successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace, which opened to the public as a national shrine in July, 1974. The not-for-profit Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. was formed to govern the operation. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe’s widow, Claire; his two daughters, Dorothy and Julia; and his sister, Mamie, who was also born at 216 Emory Street.

In 1983, the operation expanded to become the official museum of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that signed Ruth to his first professional contract. At that time, the Foundation began formally operating as the Babe Ruth Museum. In 1985 the Mayor of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, designated the Museum as the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, who had departed the previous year for Indianapolis.
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  • Though a pretty low-key museum, a lot of hard work has been put into this museum. You can get a good idea what his home looked like back in the day, and just how small it was. His actual living area i...  more »
  • I enjoyed my visit as the museum is chocked w interesting Ruth memorabilia not to mention artifacts from his house. The displays are easy to follow and offer glimpses of the Babe's life. If you are a ...  more »
  • As a true baseball fan, and a die-hard Yankees fan, there is nothing like visiting a museum of the greatest player to ever play the game. From Babe Ruth’s history to even how his presence was instrume...  more »
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  • Great little hidden treasure inside the city of Baltimore. Not a very big place but really need to visit and very well-maintained. Parking is a short walk away but easy to access from the main roads
  • Great museum in the heart of Baltimore. Lots of memorabilia and photos. $10 gets you in and you can take as many photos as you wish.
  • Wonderful museum dedicated to Babe Ruth. Not a huge baseball fan but appreciated the museum, artifacts, video information. Very engaging - good for families.
  • Awesome! They have some neat old memorabilia and lots of good info. $15 a ticket though.
  • This is a hidden gem near Camden Yards, a must-see for any baseball fan. I thought I knew a lot about The Babe, but I learned a few things during this visit (no spoilers here!). A few components of the visit seem dated and could use some freshening, but it's clear the museum is working on a small budget.

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