Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore, MD - Baltimore, Maryland Cultural Center Just North of Downtown Baltimore

Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore, MD, is located just north of the downtown area. It is one of the oldest sections of the city and is listed on the National Register of Historic places. It is at the highest point in the city.

The neighborhood is a hub of culture in this city. The Symphony Hall is found here, as well as the Baltimore Opera and numerous live theater venues and performance spaces.

The Contemporary Museum is also found here. This is the only US museum that exclusively produces and presents new exhibits of art in a manner that is immediately significant to local audiences. International art world personalities are invited and collaborative projects are promoted with local talent and communities around common concerns and interests.

The Walters Art Museum is also found here, with the vast collection of artwork that was given to Baltimore by the Walters family in the early half of the 20th Century.

Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore, MD, was the home to numerous wealthy Maryland families early in the neighborhood's history. Many of the homes they resided in have been preserved and serve as museums or other cultural centers.

A monument in the center of the neighborhood to George Washington pre-dates the DC monument. It was built in 1809.

Today, dozens of restaurants in this neighborhood offer cuisine from around the world as well as from America. A many as 20 bars, pubs and clubs can also be found contributing to an active nightlife here.

The Mount Vernon Children's Park is one of the attractions of this neighborhood that draws families. It opened in 2006. The park includes a sandbox and water spraying fountains. There are shade trees here and a picnic area. The park also hosts a bulletin board listing events and services in the neighborhood available for families. The park is locked daily at 8PM and opens at 7AM seven days a week.

Mount Vernon neighborhood, Baltimore, MD, hosts one of the best private elementary schools in the city. The Baltimore School of the Arts is also located here for talented teenagers.

The Lyric Opera House and the Symphony Hall offer programs for children regularly, as do the Center Stage Theater and many of the other cultural organizations that proliferate in this neighborhood.

There are a number of specialty retail stores and a variety of shops and boutiques in Mount Vernon as well as dozens of antique shops.

Walking tours, self guided tours and trolley tours of the neighborhood are all provided by local community organizations in Mount Vernon for visitors and residents alike.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people inhabit this area that is slightly larger than a quarter of a mile squared.

About 1/3 of the residents are African American and slightly over half are of Anglo American descent with some 15% mixed among other groups.

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