Become an inaugural member of The Peale Center today
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DON’T LET BALTIMORE’S PEALE MUSEUM GO THE WAY OF THE AMERICAN MASTODON!
When Charles Willson Peale excavated the bones of the American mastodon on a farm near Montgomery, NY in 1801 and then displayed the assembled skeleton in his Philadelphia museum, it created a sensation. The mastodon skeleton was the featured exhibit in 1814 when Peale’s son Rembrandt opened his “Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts” in Baltimore.
Peale’s exhumation of the mastodon was the first American scientific expedition. It led to the theory of extinction. Rembrandt Peale’s Baltimore museum intro-duced visitors to American natural history and artists.
It is today the oldest museum building in the United States, but it has been closed for nearly 20 years and is deteriorating.
When we reopen it as a history and architecture center, we will tell the exceptional story of the building itself, and of the remarkable people who built the great city around it. Become a member of The Peale Center today and work with us in renewing Baltimore.
THE PEALE CENTER MEMBERSHIP
Mastodon Society $5,000
Gaslight Club $2,500
Rembrandt Peale Circle of Light $1,000
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