Museums ally to face a tight economy


The Baltimore City Life Museums, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Babe Ruth Museum are among the history museums in the city which have joined forces to raise funds and share resources, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke announced yesterday.

In a press conference held at the industry museum, the mayor detailed the formation of the Baltimore History Alliance, an organization of 26 museums which conserve the area's heritage.

The partnership will expand the institutions' educational programs and also reduce fixed costs by sharing staff and other resources in such areas as marketing. The alliance is also considering opening a gift shop at the Inner Harbor.

Other museums in the group are the B&O; Railroad Museum, Flag House Museum, Baltimore Public Works Museum, Great Blacks in Wax, Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Cloisters Children's Museum, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Homewood House Museum, Evergreen House Museum, Jewish Heritage Center, Maryland Historical Society, Mount Clare Mansion, Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Edgar Allan Poe House, Nine North Front Street, USF Constellation, Top of the World, Old Otterbein United Methodist Church, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Museum of Dentistry, Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting, Robert Long House and the City Fire Museum.

The alliance will sponsor two week-long history day camps in August for metropolitan students aged 6 to 11. About 80 children will visit 15 of the city's history museums each week. For details about the program, which costs $25 per child each week, call 727-4808.

City Life Tickets in the Inner Harbor, another alliance project, offers packages of discounted admission tickets to many of the area's museums.

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