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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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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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  • The museum is small and doesn't take much time to get through it, but it was fun to learn some things about the Babe and to get some additional context for his life. I wouldn't go way out of my way to...  more »
  • We didn't have much time at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, but the time we did get to spend here was great! Babe is THE great and it was awesome to learn about his time in Baltimore and see reli...  more »
  • Great collection of history and artifacts off the babe. In the house he was born in! How cool. All baseball fans should see this great home of the bambino. Great value and air conditioned if its hot.  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.