What’s On

The Peale is open for special events and exhibitions throughout the renovation of the building’s exterior. Contact us about rentals or to propose future shows!

Coming soon

24 August 2017, 5:30-8pm

Tickets (discounts for AIA, BAF and Peale members)

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Join the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, and the Peale Center for a tour of Downtown Baltimore historic skyscrapers.

Learn about the history and architectural significance of some of Baltimore’s most iconic buildings from master storytellers and architects. See how Downtown Baltimore is being transformed by taking a look inside the conversion of these buildings from offices to residences.

The tour will begin at the BGE building. Stops will include Center Plaza (Charles Center) as recounted by Samuel Collins of Towson University. Then onto 10 Light (Baltimore Trust Company Building), as told by Janet M. Reynolds, architect on the 10 Light Street adaptive reuse project, and Jillian Storms from the Maryland State Department of Education and AIA. Next stop is the Lenore (Federal Reserve Bank) for a tête-à-tête with storyteller Rachel Anne Warren and Steven Howard of the Lenore. The tour will end at the Peale Center, the country’s first purpose-built museum, for drinks and a traditional griot welcome with stories and drums by Mama Linda Goss and David Fakunle.

Tickets (discounts for AIA, BAF and Peale members)

September 2017

September 9: Be Here: Edu design charrette led by the Omnimuseum Project and the MuseWeb Foundation. We’re recruiting community members who would like to contribute to an upcoming exhibition and programming that will feature stories of Baltimore’s public schools and trace the roots of contemporary issues to segregation and the city’s Colored School system, including the Peale’s own past as “Colored School Number One.”

October 2017

  • October 6-29: Birdland and the Anthropocene free exhibition and programs at the Peale and throughout the city, curated by Baker award winner Lynne Parks. The artists in the show offer creative solutions for mitigating human impact on the natural environment of the city, and bird populations in particular: for example by decorating windows and controlling light so that migrating flocks don’t run into glass in buildings.
Jieyu Zhang, Bird Big, 2017

Jieyu Zhang, Bird Big, 2017

  • October 28-29: Doors Open Baltimore: Visit the Peale, its Birdland exhibition, and other historic buildings around the city – many of whom are rarely open – in this year’s extended Doors Open Baltimore weekend.


  • Submersive Productions returns to the Peale for a limited run of its sold-out immersive theater experience, “H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere.”

Past events and exhibitions

August 2017

Rembrandt Peale, Self-portrait, 1828, Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Founder’s Day August 14-15: On August 15, 1814, Rembrandt Peale first opened the doors to his Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Join us for two days of free storytelling and tours at the Peale to celebrate! Find the full program of events here.
  • Open House: Monday and Tuesday, August 14-15, 11am-5pm Tours & Storytelling – Explore the historic Peale building and hear stories of its many firsts. Listen and add your Baltimore stories to the Be Here: Baltimore project. Meet the Peale team to brainstorm bringing your exhibition, performance, or project to the Peale Center. Let us know you’re coming!

Opening Eve: Monday August 14, 6-8pm Live Storytelling with Aaron Henkin – A cross-section of locals from around the 200 block of Holliday Street join Aaron Henkin, producer of WYPR’s “Out of the Blocks” series, for a neighborhood storytelling event in front of a live audience at the Peale. Seating is free but limited so RSVP to reserve your place!