Research at the Peale

A woman sits at a computer typing.The Peale has a long and fascinating history, and has played an important role at many points in Baltimore and American history.


Did you know?

  • The Peale was the first museum purpose-built in the United States in 1814.
  • Rembrandt Peale demonstrated the power of gas light in its galleries, launching the Gas Company of Baltimore in 1816 and making “Light City” the first in the country to be illuminated by gas street lights.
  • It was Baltimore’s first City Hall from 1830-1877.
  • It housed the first public high school for African Americans in the city, 1878-1889.
  • In the 20th century, it was the city’s Municipal Museum, later renamed The Peale Museum as part of Baltimore’s Museums of City Life.

We are always looking for the researchers, scholars, and students who are continuing to uncover the Peale’s stories and adding to our body of knowledge about the Peale’s history and its role in the city and beyond. Contact us if you would like to share your work or collaborate on a research project or grant proposal.