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Around Mount Vernon Place

Things to Do Around Mount Vernon Place

Mount Vernon Place is the centerpiece of a National Historic Landmark District, and part of Baltimore’s famous Mount Vernon neighborhood. Around the squares are stunning examples of 19th century architecture, like the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Right on the square is found the internationally-recognized Walters Art Museum and the Peabody Conservatory and Library. As Baltimore’s historic cultural center, the Mount Vernon neighborhood is also home to the Maryland Center for History & Culture, theatres and symphony orchestras, as well as fabulous restaurants—which all contribute to its rich cultural fabric.
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The Parks

The Parks

Hours: Open daily, Dawn to Dusk

The parks of Mount Vernon Place with their greenery, sculpture and fountains, and surrounding beautiful architecture, are wonderful places to experience, whether drinking a cup a coffee with a friend, reading a book, eating your lunch, or just sitting in quiet contemplation at one of the tables or chairs.
Throughout the year, the Conservancy provides free programming in the parks, including our Summer in the Squares concert, film, and fitness series, and seasonal events for our neighbors and surrounding communities. Two of Baltimore’s oldest and cherished traditions, Flower Mart and Monument Lighting, are presented each year by the Conservancy. Check out our Events page to see what is taking place year-round.
We are very proud to have a space as unique as Mount Vernon Place in the city, and enjoy when the parks are filled with visitors, both local and out-of-town. With such heavy use, we ask that everyone please help us keep the park in good condition.

Park Rules:
  • No Littering – Deposit all trash, including unfinished food in receptacles. Like all major cities, Baltimore is continuously working to keep rat infestations down.
  • Manage your pets – Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please clean up after you pets.
  • Keep out of the fountains – Please do not wade in or allow your pets in the fountains. The water is not chlorinated, and hair clogs the filtration system.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.
  • Do not attach signs or other materials to trees, benches, sculptures, or marble structures.
  • No dumping – The public trash cans are not for household garbage.
  • No riding bicycles, dirt bikes, skateboards, or scooters in the park squares.
  • The use of drones in Mount Vernon Place requires a permit. Drone use is not permitted directly above the Monument Plaza, within the circumference of the iron fence.
  • The following are not allowed in any Baltimore City park unless a permit has been obtained:
    • Alcohol
    • Amplified sound
    • Charcoal or gas grills
    • Commercial or promotional photography
    • Metal detectors
    • Organized sporting events and equipment
    • Sale of merchandise or concessions

Special permits may be obtained from the Department of Recreation and Parks for use outside of these times.

Park rules are enforced by the Baltimore City Police Department. Any person violating park rules is subject to a $250 fine for each offense.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the four park squares. Please email info@MVPConservancy.org or call 410-962-5070 if you have questions.

Have a wonderful visit!

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The Monument

The Monument

Hours: open Wed. – Sun., 10am – 5pm

Admission: Gallery level is free; lookout level is $6 for adults/$4 for children

COVID-19 Procedures:
  • If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please visit another time.
  • Masks are required inside the Monument.
  • Please observe a safe distance from other visitors.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer, provided at multiple locations within the monument.
  • When using touchscreen displays, please use sanitized styluses or plastic gloves. Do not use the touch screen directly. At the end of your visit, leave your stylus in the location designated by Conservancy staff, or dispose of your gloves. The stylus pens are sanitized between visitors.
  • Visitors should follow all City and State guidelines regarding safe activities during the pandemic. Visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov and coronavirus.maryland.gov for current city and state-wide Covid precautions.

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Climb Tickets

Tickets to climb the Monument’s Stair Tower can be purchased onsite using a credit card (no cash accepted). Climbs are offered every 20 minutes for groups no larger than five people. If you are coming during the busy summer months, especially on the weekends, we encourage you to purchase your ticket online in advance to ensure that there will be a climb available when you visit.

What Can I See and Do Inside the Monument?

The interior of the Monument has two principal visitor spaces: The Gallery, which includes interactive digital exhibits, and The Stair Tower & Lookout.

The Gallery

Visitors to the Monument’s gallery are greeted by a heroic bust of George Washington that has faced the south entrance since 1843. In 1915, a handsome bronze memorial plaque was installed nearby commemorating the Monument’s Centennial, and in 2015 a plaque was installed commemorating the Monument’s Bicentennial restoration by the Conservancy.

The restored gallery space includes interactive touchscreens providing a virtual tour of the Monument, both exterior and interior. The virtual tour includes examples of views from the Monument’s several levels, including live camera feeds from the top showing the view in all four directions. The interactive screens also provide a beautifully illustrated history of the building of the Monument, and key moments in the development of the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place. A separate video kiosk provides an overview of the history of the Monument and Mount Vernon Place, as well as videos regarding the Monument’s 2014-15 restoration.

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The Stair Tower & Lookout

The stair tower consists for 227 marble steps that spiral to the top through nine rotations. At the top, a lookout area provides magnificent views in four directions. These spaces and the views from the top can also be experienced on the digital exhibitions in the Monument’s gallery.

Additional Information

  • Be sure to dress for your visit. To preserve the integrity of the masonry, the Monument does not have air conditioning, and is only heated moderately during winter months.
  • There are no restrooms available.
  • The Monument is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • For the safety of our visitors and staff, the monument is monitored by closed circuit security cameras.
  • What You Should Bring:
    • A Mask
    • A Camera
    • Water
  • What You Should Not Bring:
    • Food and beverages (other than water)
    • Glass Containers
    • Pets
    • Large Bags or Backpacks

The Stair Tower & Lookout
The stair tower consists for 227 marble steps that spiral to the top through nine rotations. At the top, a lookout area provides magnificent views in four directions. These spaces and the views from the top can also be experienced on the digital exhibitions in the Monument’s gallery.
The Monument

Hours: open Wed. – Sun., 10am – 5pm

Admission: Gallery level is free; lookout level is $6 for adults/$4 for children

COVID-19 Procedures:
  • If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please visit another time.
  • Masks are required inside the Monument.
  • Please observe a safe distance from other visitors.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer, provided at multiple locations within the monument.
  • When using touchscreen displays, please use sanitized styluses or plastic gloves. Do not use the touch screen directly. At the end of your visit, leave your stylus in the location designated by Conservancy staff, or dispose of your gloves. The stylus pens are sanitized between visitors.
  • Visitors should follow all City and State guidelines regarding safe activities during the pandemic. Visit coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov and coronavirus.maryland.gov for current city and state-wide Covid precautions.

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Climb Tickets

Tickets to climb the Monument’s Stair Tower can be purchased onsite using a credit card (no cash accepted). Climbs are offered every 20 minutes for groups no larger than five people. If you are coming during the busy summer months, especially on the weekends, we encourage you to purchase your ticket online in advance to ensure that there will be a climb available when you visit.
What can I see and do inside the Monument?
The interior of the Monument has two principal visitor spaces: The Gallery, which includes interactive digital exhibits, and The Stair Tower & Lookout.

The Gallery

Visitors to the Monument’s gallery are greeted by a heroic bust of George Washington that has faced the south entrance since 1843. In 1915, a handsome bronze memorial plaque was installed nearby commemorating the Monument’s Centennial, and in 2015 a plaque was installed commemorating the Monument’s Bicentennial restoration by the Conservancy.

The restored gallery space includes interactive touchscreens providing a virtual tour of the Monument, both exterior and interior. The virtual tour includes examples of views from the Monument’s several levels, including live camera feeds from the top showing the view in all four directions. The interactive screens also provide a beautifully illustrated history of the building of the Monument, and key moments in the development of the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place. A separate video kiosk provides an overview of the history of the Monument and Mount Vernon Place, as well as videos regarding the Monument’s 2014-15 restoration.

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The Stair Tower & Lookout

The stair tower consists for 227 marble steps that spiral to the top through nine rotations. At the top, a lookout area provides magnificent views in four directions. These spaces and the views from the top can also be experienced on the digital exhibitions in the Monument’s gallery.

Additional Information

  • Be sure to dress for your visit. To preserve the integrity of the masonry, the Monument does not have air conditioning, and is only heated moderately during winter months.
  • There are no restrooms available.
  • The Monument is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • For the safety of our visitors and staff, the monument is monitored by closed circuit security cameras.
  • What You Should Bring:
    • A Mask
    • A Camera
    • Water
  • What You Should Not Bring:
    • Food and beverages (other than water)
    • Glass Containers
    • Pets
    • Large Bags or Backpacks