Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland describes iteself as a "...one of a kind journey through 230 years of American pop culture.'' Stephen Geppi, one of the minority owners of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, has been a long collector and distributor of comics. He launched Diamond Comic Distributors which is the largest English language comic distributor in the world. Wanting to share his love of comics and pop culture, he opened his museum in 2006. They offer a variety of educational programs and tours. It is divided into six different sections, each covering a period of time or medium in American of popular culture.
Collecting 101: Teaches visitors how to start a collection of their own, how to deal with storage, preservation, and organization
Pop Culture Goes to War: A display of how conflict has shaped U.S. culture
History in Four Colors: An exhibit of the history of comic books and superheroes
Cartoon Culture: An exhibit of animation featuring the work of Pixar and Disney
Fantastic Futures: Features the history and development of science fiction, highlighting material from Star Trek and Star Wars
U.S. History: American history told through comics, tours, and memorabilia
Geppi's Entertainment Museum, known by insiders as "GEM,'' is an educational and fun destination for families. Children can learn about history and creative arts through images familiar and attractive to their tastes. It was named the best museum in the Nickolodeon's ParentsConnect.com awards and is a great way to pass several hours during a summer afternoon.
The museum has a historic Camden Station location, just a few steps from Oriole Park and Ravens Stadium. It is just a ten minute walk from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Admission is typically $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (55 and over), $7 for students (5-18 years of age), and free for children four and under. The museum offers a game day special of $1.00 admission for anyone. Those utilizing public transportation to reach the museum receive a $2.00 discount on non-game days if they show proof of transportation purchase. The museum also offers half price admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Discounted group rates are available.
Museum membership is a popular option and offers free entrance to the museum, previews of new exhibits, and special programs and event. Anyonr who plans to visit the museum on more than one occasion, would like to use the museum as a research opportunity, or would like to be a part of exciting Baltimore events should consider membership. Members also benefit from a variety of great networking opportunities that bring collectors together. They are available in individual, family, corporate, and specialty retail affiliate.
Described as "The Ultimate Pop Culture Experience,'' the museum offers a traveling tour that can be arranged through their offices. Their blog features a variety of information about the museum including a blog titled The Curator's Column. The blog is a great resource for anyone interested in American popular culture or collecting. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm. It is also open occasionally on Monday holidays.