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Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Evergreen Museum & Library, also known as Evergreen House, is a historical museum of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It is located between the campuses of the College of Notre Dame and Loyola College. It, along with Homewood Museum, make up the Johns Hopkins University Museums.HistoryThe mansion was built in the mid-19th century and bought in 1878 by the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, John W. Garrett. Railroads were then a key industry in the United States and, as Baltimore's Garrett family owned and managed one of the biggest rail companies, the home grew and became both luxurious and famous. John Garrett's son T. Harrison added a wing containing a billiard room, bowling alley, and a gymnasium, which in later years were converted into an art gallery and private theater. Evergreen House served as a home for the family until 1952, when it was donated to the university.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.ArchitectureThe house, a magnificent example of Gilded Age architecture, sits on a landscaped site in Northern Baltimore and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The initial design was a more modest Italianate house but, with the Garretts, it became a 48-room mansion with a 23-karat gold plated bathroom, a 30,000-book library, and a theatre painted by famous Russian artist Léon Bakst. The abundant decorative items in the house reflect the Garretts' travels and interests, including a red Asian room displaying Japanese and Chinese items, paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, and Degas, glass by Tiffany or Dutch marquetry.
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  • The House itself is interesting and interior design and collection. A large collection of items from Tiffany and the biggest collection of Bakst in America. The same home theater designed by the artist. The excursion was very interesting guide patiently answered all of our questions. The price for an adult ticket, $ 8 student-$ 5
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  • I have no idea how I ever waited so long to visit the Evergreen Museum, because it was one of the most wonderful experiences that a Victorian House aficionado could ever have. I was fortunate enough t...  read more »
  • On visits to my family we have passed this wonderful museum, but had not visited the museum library. My son's wedding reception was held in the carriage house ( part of the estate) The main house has ...  read more »
  • Beautiful lawn/meadow area. Attended an outside production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the setting was beautiful! Parking is great and there were a few events going on at the same time. Great for a mini-day trip in the Baltimore Metropolitan area!
  • It's a place where the one can feel the history. An interesting 1,5 hour guided tour will tell lots of stories speaking out on behalf of the antique amazing things which were left by the owners and sharing a bit of their secrets....
  • we just came back from our visit to evergreen museum and library in baltimore, we live in bethesda, md, and took the opportunity of the free museum live ! day. we had the nicest docent, very knowledgeable, but not 'in your face' lady...and although we could not go through the gardens, because a wedding reception was ongoing, we loved the inside of the house...
  • A beautiful place, too bad you can't take pictures inside
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