Past Events


September 2017

September 9, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Collecting Baltimore School Stories – a Be Here.Edu Workshop 

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.” Part of the Be Here. Edu program, this design and planning meeting led by the Omnimuseum Project and the MuseWeb Foundation.

September 7, 2-3:30 PM

An image of three children standing with their hands on their hearts as they say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Get a tour of the Peale, the first purpose-built museum in the country, and hear about how it is being reimagined as a production house of culture. Discuss educational programming for the Peale’s target audiences, families and schools, and help develop ideas for the Peale’s Be Here: EDU cultural storytelling initiative.

August 2017

Baltimore skyscrapers. Courtesy Library of CongressAugust 24, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Tour of Downtown Baltimore Historic Skyscrapers

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

Hear live storytelling about The Peale’s Colored School history from the event!


Founder’s Day Open House 14-15 August 2017

Full program

Live storytelling with Aaron Henkin and the Peale’s neighbors, 14 August 2017

A black and white drawing dozens of types of gaslights

August 15
11 am – 5 pm: Tours & Storytelling
11 am – 5 pm: Be Here: Baltimore
11 am – 5 pm: Visualizing Early Baltimore
12:30pm: 100 Gems of Light: The Peale Family and the 1816 Birth of the Baltimore/American Gas Industry

Talk by Burt Kummerow, principal of Historyworks and former President of the Maryland Historical Society.

Detail of Puppet

August 14, 2017
11 am – 1 pm: Puppet Theater

After an apprenticeship with a puppetmaster in Chicago, Schroeder Cherry set out on his my own and began producing stories using puppets. A native of Washington, DC, Schroeder and his puppet, DiAndre, present the story of Baltimore’s Street Lights–another “invention” of Rembrandt Peale– in this special command performance, adapted from Cherry’s 2016 Light City act.

August 14, 2017
11 am – 5 pm: Tours & Storytelling

Drop in anytime to explore the historic Peale building and hear stories of its many firsts. Tours are led on a rotating basis by Peale experts and storytellers including curator Dean Krimmel, historian Alicia Puglionesi, Peale Board President Jim Dilts, and Peale Director Nancy Proctor. Let us know you are coming, and we’ll send you updates on additional tour leaders and their schedules.

A map of Baltimore, showing hundreds of pins, indicating the locations of stories.

August 14, 2017
11 am – 5 pm: Be Here: Baltimore

Throughout the Open House you can listen to and add your own Baltimore stories to the 1200+ already part of the Be Here: Baltimore project at its new home in the Peale Center. This is an opportunity for neighbors and residents to show people around the world what Baltimore is REALLY like.

Models and buildings, showing a reconstructed idea of what Baltimore may have looked like in 1815.

August 14, 2017
11 am – 5 pm: Visualizing Early Baltimore

This eye-popping 3D interactive digital reconstruction of Baltimore circa 1815 took UMBC’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) more than 4 years to develop. In September of 2014, the first and major phase of this effort, called BEARINGS of Baltimore, Circa 1815, opened to the public at the Maryland Historical Society as part of their bicentennial celebration of Baltimore’s pivotal role in the War of 1812. In 2016 the IRC did a major upgrade of the image to increase its accuracy, amount of information, and level of detail.  This new image will be on display at the Peale throughout the Founder’s Day Open House. Explore the Peale’s neighborhood and the rest of the city as it looked after the British attacks in 1814.

Storyteller Aaron Henkin in a black-and-white photo

August 14, 2017
6pm – 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!

July 8, 2017
Social Science Encounters design charrette led by the Omnimuseum Project.



Scene from H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere

March 30–May 14, 2017
H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum PresentsThe Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere” immersive theater from Submersive Productions.