Cultural Institutions

Mount Vernon is home to many of Baltimore's most prestigious cultural institutions.

The Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre
817 Saint Paul Street
(410) 752-1225
The mission of the Spotlighters Theatre, as it is known, is to provide quality traditional and cutting edge theatre to the Baltimore community, and the opportunity for new artists to develop and refine their skills. For the season calendar, click here.



Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
(410) 783-8100
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as being one of the world's most important orchestras. It has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community through educational and community outreach initiatives. For the season calendar, click here.


Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street
Box Office (410) 332-0033
For over forty years, Center Stage, which is Maryland's State Theater, has been Baltimore's leading professional producing theater company and a pioneer in America's regional theater movement. For the season calendar, click here.


Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Branch ~ 400 Cathedral St.
(410) 396-5430
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. It offers a variety of events for kids and adults. Click here for the list and dates of events.

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street
(410) 225-3130
The Institute and Cultural Center includes a museum, gallery, gift shop, and dance & art studios.


Garrett Jacobs Mansion
11 West Mount Vernon Place
(410) 539-6914 - Tours by appointment
A vestige of Baltimore's high society, this brownstone manor was once the home of Mary Garrett-Jacobs, the undisputed Grand Dame of Baltimore Society. Today, the Mansion is the home of The Engineers Club. It is a unique example of a building that combines the work of two of America's most distinguished and influential architects: Stanford White and John Russell Pope.  This mansion symbolizes nineteenth-century grandeur.

The George Peabody Library  
17 East Mount Vernon Place
(410) 659-8179
Built in 1860, the library collection consists of over 300,000 volumes largely from the 18th and 19th centuries, with a significant collection of books on archaeology, British art and architecture, British and American history, biography, English and American literature, Romance languages and literature, Greek and Latin classics, history of science, geography, and exploration and travel. This collection is housed in a remarkably beautiful building.


The Library also offers space for special events, click on following link for more information:  Special Events



Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
140 West Mount Royal Avenue
(410) 685-5086
On October 31, 1894, a gala concert was given celebrating Baltimore's new "Music Hall”. Over the years, many showcased events have been hosted at the Lyric, including operas, Broadway plays and musicals. Comedians, magicians, motivational speakers, graduations, and even hypnotists have at one time or another performed at the theatre. For a schedule of events and ticket information, click here.

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
(410) 685-3750
The Maryland Historical Society is the state's oldest cultural institution. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and materials reflecting Maryland's diverse heritage. It houses the most extensive collection of objects and artifacts in the state of Maryland, and one of the largest collections of Americana in the world.


The Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place

(410) 659-8100
The Peabody is one of the nation's major sources of professionally trained musicians.  In 1857, philanthropist George Peabody founded the institute that bears his name - the first academy of music to be established in America – in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Square with the idea of bringing culture to the city's residents. Under the direction of well-known musicians, composers, conductors, and Peabody alumni, the Institute grew from a local academy to an internationally renowned cultural center throughout the late 19th and the 20th centuries.  Since 1977, the Institute has operated as a division of the Johns Hopkins University. For the list of events, click here.


Theatre Project
45 West Preston Street
(410) 752-8558 box office
Theatre Project -- through the presentation of a diverse array of original and experimental theatre, music, and dance -- connects the artists and audiences of Baltimore with a global community of performers. It seeks to support artists who are actively experimenting with new forms of expression and support both performers of international reputation and emerging local companies creating new work.


The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
(410) 547-9000
The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was assembled by William and Henry Walters, who eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. The collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces. Starting in October 2006, general admission at the Walters Museum is free. For the calendar of events, click here.


NB: The descriptions are taken in part from the respective websites



Updated 10/31/2016


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