The Pratt library isn’t a Baltimore vacation destination as such, yet it is such a fantastic library we’d feel remiss not to include it as one of the must-see things to mark off your Baltimore checklist. Established in 1882, the Pratt’s first building opened in 1886, but the present Central Library building actually went up in the 1930s. It’s a wonderfully embellished soup of the best of 19th and 20th century decorative arts. The building has massive department-store-like windows and the entrance is at street level, deemed to be more welcoming than traditional libraries' grand entry staircases. The library’s massive collection includes extensive works on Maryland, African Americans and a special collection of the works of hometown wit and scribe H.L. Mencken, including the notes from his masterpiece “The American Language.” Even the mission of the place, as stated by founding beneficiary Enoch Pratt himself, makes us smile; the Pratt "shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color."
- Open Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Thursday from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM, Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Sunday from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Charles Center