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The Peale Museum

 
 
The Peale Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 16, 2008
1. The Peale Museum Marker
Inscription. This structure is the oldest museum building in the United States. Designed by Robert Cary Long, Sr. for Rembrandt Peale, the museum opened to the public in 1814 as "an elegant Rendezvous for taste, curiosity and leisure." For a 25-cent admission fee, Baltimoreans came to admire "birds, beasts ... antiquities and miscellaneous curiosities" as well as paintings by members of the Peale family.

The audience was dazzled on June 11, 1816, when Rembrandt Peale illuminated the museum with burning gas. This feat led to the founding the same year of The Gas Light Company of Baltimore, the first commercial gas company in the country.

In 1830, the City bought the museum for use as the first City Hall. In 1876, the building also served as a public school for African-American children.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, Mayor, rededicated 2005, Martin O'Malley, Mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.509′ N, 76° 36.613′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Holliday Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 North Holliday Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peale's Baltimore Museum (here,
Peale's Baltimore Museum image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
2. Peale's Baltimore Museum
Marker is freestanding, just to the right of the front door.
next to this marker); Peale's Baltimore Museum - 1814 (here, next to this marker); The Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore (here, next to this marker); The Harris Bus (a few steps from this marker); Zion Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Holliday Street: A Stage for Culture, Politics, and Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marker features an illustration, labeled Peale's demonstration of gas lighting as imagined by painter McGill Mackall in 1833.

This marker appears to replace a similar (or identical) one erected during the term of Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
 
Also see . . .
1. Description of the building from the Maryland Historical Trust. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Peale's Baltimore Museum. 225 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Baltimore City. National Register Description. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Peale Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
3. The Peale Museum Marker
Peale's demonstation of Gas Lighting<br>1833 by Robert McGill Mackall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
4. Peale's demonstation of Gas Lighting
1833 by Robert McGill Mackall
Close-up of image on marker
Rembrandt Peale image. Click for full size.
By C. Edwards Lester, circa 1846
5. Rembrandt Peale
Peale. From a Painting by Himself
from Artists of America by C. Edwards Lester, 1846.
(Internet Archive)
The Peale Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
6. The Peale Museum

Rembrandt Peales Museum 1814 - 1830
City Hall 1830 - 1875
Restored in 1930 - 1
The Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore
Kurt L. Schmoke Conference Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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