The city of Baltimore and state of Maryland have been home to some of the world's greatest athletes and teams. On May 14, 2005, the region gained a world-class museum in which to showcase its sporting heroes. Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore occupies the the basement and first floor of historic Camden Station.
Opened in 1856, Camden Station served as the grand passenger terminus for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the country's first commercial railroad. For a period of time it dominated Baltimore's skyline as the city's tallest building, as it was designed to be taller than the Washington Monument.
Today, the museum features 22,000-square-feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits about, among others, Maryland's baseball, football, and lacrosse histories. It is home to both the Orioles and Maryland Athletic halls of fame.
Sports Legends at Camden Yards' Permanent Exhibits:
Babe Ruth: American Icon
Honoring Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity.
Nine Innings of Orioles Baseball
Telling the entire story of Baltimore's baseball franchise, from the minor league dynasty of the 1890s to today, divided into nine unique galleries.
Orioles Hall of Fame
A dramatically darkened room filled with brightly lit, 9-foot-tall display cases, the exhibit features not only the Orioles Hall of Fame honorees, but also the Orioles enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Almost Religion: Baltimore's Colts
As the official archives of the Baltimore Colts, Sports Legends Museum uniquely chronicles the love affair between the city and its team, using photographs, fans' stories, marching band uniforms, and authentic game memorabilia, including the team's Super Bowl V trophy.
Johnny Unitas: The Best There Ever Was
In March 2002, the Colts legend and Hall of Famer donated his collection of game-used equipment, photographs, trophies and awards to the Babe Ruth Museum (sister museum of Sports Legends), ensuring that the legacy of football's greatest player would be forever interpreted alongside the history of baseball's greatest player, Babe Ruth.
Baltimore Ravens: A New Tradition
This exhibit traces the brief, yet successful, tradition of the Ravens, highlighted by the fan-selected top-ten moments in Ravens' history, as well as the team's championship run to victory in Super Bowl XXXV.
The Negro Leagues: A Baseball Legacy
Baltimore has a rich Negro League history, and this history, presented against a backdrop of racial segregation in 20th century America, are told in Baltimore's Negro League gallery.
Minor League Baseball in Maryland
More than one million people attend minor league baseball games every year in Maryland.
Amateur Baseball in Maryland
Memorabilia and artifacts from the world of amateur baseball.
The Baltimore Blast: Indoor Soccer in Baltimore
Featuring an interactive, holographic soccer game, visitors also enjoy team artifacts, game photos, and text panels.
The Locker Room: Kids' Discovery Zone
Try on a college or professional uniform, compare the field shapes and dimensions of your favorite sports, see if you can match the ball to the implement you'd use to hit it in each of eight sports.
Maryland's Stadiums, Ballparks, and Arenas
One of the central halls in the facility, this exhibit explores why, in age of high-definition and big-screen televisions, fans still rely on the ballpark for their game experience.
College Game Day: Sis Boom Bah!
Using lacrosse, basketball, soccer, and football, the exhibit interprets America's college game day experience through the history and excitement of area universities.
The Uniqueness of Maryland: Phelps, Lacrosse, and the Preakness
Highlighting Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, Maryland's unofficial, official sport, and the second jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown.
The Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame
Using biographical sketches and photographs of the more than 200 athletes inducted into the hall, the museum tells the stories of the state's greatest baseball, football, lacrosse, and track stars.
Location: 301 W. Camden St.
Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $6, children ages 3-12 $4
Hours: April-September: Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (7:00 on baseball game days) October-March: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day