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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  • We took our 2 grandsons and we were VERY happy! The parking was excellent as there are 2 handicap spots in front ( we needed it for my husband)! There is a short movie, and lots of memorabilia and int...  more »
  • If you have read so much about the Babe, you would enjoy this museum! Those of you who love the Yankees, this mueum offers so much more than you would see in Cooperstown, the Hall of Fame of baseball.  more »
  • 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 »
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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!!!
  • This was a great experience for our family. We drove from Lancaster, PA. For a smaller museum, they have a decent amount of baseball and Babe Ruth memorabilia and exhibits. There is a reasonable gift shop, the exhibits are well designed and some are interactive.
  • This is a great little museum. It is a must visit for any baseball fan. It would be a 5 Star if the museum was bigger.
  • Cool place. A lot of history there. Okay if you’re in the area but don’t go out of your way. $10 admission was a bit steep but it was cool to experience it at least once.
  • Nice place. Friendly staff. Fun exhibits. $10 admission seems a little steep. But great stop for any baseball fan.
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