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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  • Must see for all. My son is not a sports fan but he was very interested. He asked many questions that were happily answered by knowledgeable staff.  more »
  • If you are a baseball fan, this is the place to visit. A tribute to American baseball and Babe Ruth. Small museum in the birth place of this legend. Entrance 10 $. Around the corner from Hilton/Marrio...  more »
  • Went here during a break at a conference with another baseball fan. Wasn't really expected much but it did better than I though. It is a smaller museum - expect maybe an hour or two here - but surpris...  more »
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  • Another “I’m not a die-hard baseball fan” but this little birthplace/museum is a true hidden gem in Baltimore. I happen to hit it during Dollar Days weekend in December where a lot of the key attractions in Baltimore were only 1$, but I’d gladly had paid the normal cost of admission. Lots to see, and a lot of history here, so take your time and browse through it all. The short 7-minute film “The Star Spangled Banner in Sports” was very interesting and well worth watching. And the gift shop is loaded with great souvenirs. This is well worth the visit!!!
  • I'm not really a fan of professional baseball, but this diminutive little house turned into a museum, is very well done. You may gain some insight into the man and better appreciate what he accomplished in his fairly short life.
  • Great thing to do before an Orioles game. Maybe a 30 min walkthru
  • It wasn't bad, but was hoping and expecting more things to see and do. Worth checking out if in the area, but wouldn't suggest going out of your way to see.
  • Small museum but very interesting if you like baseball history. Well worth a visit to see the house where Ruth was born and collected artifacts.

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