These days, it’s relatively difficult to tell apart big cities, but Baltimore always stands out. Dripping with history and soul, as well as influenced by Southern culture, this city perched on the edge of the Atlantic seaboard is about as distinctively American as you can get. It’s only natural that prime photo possibilities await on just about every corner. The city’s got specialty museums, chic coffee shops, and spectacular botanic gardens. Not to mention, it boasts a thriving underground art and music scene. All in all, Baltimore offers visual curators plenty of Instagram-worthy adventures. Our list of the top Instagrammable places in Baltimore includes only a few of the places we love. It was a challenge to narrow them down!
1. Reawaken that creative spark at the Hotel Revival
Hotel Revival is the sole boutique art hotel in Baltimore. Yet it’s so much more than that. Since opening in 2018 in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, Revival has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most stylish and multifaceted gathering places. Want to hang out with friends in a high-tech karaoke room? Revival has you covered. Need to rent space for an intimate wedding or art showing? You’re covered there, too.
Crisp and professional-looking Instagram backdrops can be found throughout the 14-story building, but make sure you head up to the Topside bar on the roof for some of the best views of Baltimore’s famous Washington Monument. And don’t forget to enjoy one of Topside’s signature cocktails while you’re there!
2. Make your mark at Graffiti Warehouse
Graffiti Warehouse is all about innovation and challenging the status quo. And what’s more Baltimore than that? This one-of-a-kind shooting space for videographers and photographers is located next to Graffiti Alley — the only place in Baltimore where street artists can do their thing without fear of winding up in handcuffs.
The warehouse also hosts art therapy classes, photo booths, and pop-up dance parties, just to name a few events of late. Beyond the political and social importance of Graffiti Warehouse, the space offers a bonanza of stunning visual backdrops. Without question, this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Baltimore.
3. Get acquainted with the many faces of the UNION Collective
Union Collective represents an exciting new model for local economic development that’s catching on in Baltimore and beyond. Located in a former Sears warehouse building in the trendy Hampden neighborhood, the collective houses a range of independently owned businesses, including a climbing gym, a brewery, a hand-crafted ice cream shop, and a coffee bar with a full espresso menu.
The industrial vibe of the converted warehouse provides plenty of eye-catching photo opportunities throughout the complex. Photographers searching for crisp ‘Grammable shots set off by warm pastel backgrounds will not want to miss the amazing murals surrounding the beer garden at Union Craft Brewing.
4. Get lost among the stacks at the breathtaking George Peabody Library
If you’re searching for an interior space that combines a sophisticated vibe with sheer jaw-dropping aesthetics, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything in Baltimore that compares to the George Peabody Library. Known as the city’s “Cathedral of Books,” the library is part of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, housing more than 300,000 volumes of historic texts, dating from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Beyond attracting bibliophiles and researchers from around the world, the library hosts some of the city’s premiere weddings and dinner events. The enormous skylight at the top of this architectural marvel allows plenty of natural light, giving your Instagram shots a decidedly professional feel. This is truly no-filter territory.
5. Get weird at the American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum houses an incredibly eclectic variety of creative works inspired by self-taught artists who have “listened to the inner voices of the soul.” What matters here, in other words, is more about the act of creating than the final product itself. And what better inspiration for Instagram shots!
Photographers exploring the museum will find spaces inhabited by art and media installations defined by aesthetics that are “raw” and “intuitive,” intended to surprise. One of our favorite areas is the gorgeous wild garden outside the museum, wherein opportunities abound for photographers to let their creative vision run free. The sheer number of color combinations and art-specific themes makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in Baltimore.
6. Grab a muffin and ‘Gram your newest vinyl purchase at Baby’s On Fire
Atmosphere is everything at Baby’s On Fire, one of Baltimore’s hippest new cafes. The joint’s as much about delicious coffee and pastries as it is about the vintage vinyl records for sale inside. Located in a renovated former carriage house in historic Mount Vernon, Baby’s on Fire was established by a pair of Baltimore musicians. They named the place after the classic Brian Eno song off of Here Come the Warm Jets.
The duo wanted to bring something decidedly different to the city’s coffee shop landscape. The interior of Baby’s on Fire features white walls set off by bright red lighting fixtures and artfully chosen music paraphernalia. When combined with plenty of natural light, the space — though small — is a prime spot for Instagram shots that give off an inviting and inspirational vibe.
7. Stop to smell the flowers at Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is one of the most Instagrammable places in Baltimore for photographers searching for that perfect outdoor shot. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a scene defined by simple elegance or an exotic background full of bright, magical-looking landscapes.
Located in the historic Druid Hill Park, the complex contains the second-oldest glass conservatory in the country. Inside the conservatory, you can wander along perfectly manicured walkways that wind through five distinctive greenhouse settings: the Mediterranean House, the Tropical House, the Desert House, the Orchid Room, and the Palm House, which dates to the late 19th century. Step outside and access the 35 flower beds that need to be in one of your Instagram posts.
8. Put in a hard day’s (creative) work at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry may not immediately strike you as an obvious spot for Instagram superstardom. For one, it’s housed in a former oyster cannery that dates to the 1860s. Give the place a closer look, and you’ll quickly realize it makes an ideal location for super-creative photo experiments.
The five-acre outdoor complex along the waterfront is the most obvious choice for starting your shoot. Along with spectacular views of the harbor, the museum features vintage signs, hulking cranes, and all manner of salvaged industrial equipment that will give your pics a distinctively retro flare.
Step inside the museum and explore everything from retro cars to an early-1900s replica drug store. Given that the museum’s entire mission is to showcase the stories of entrepreneurs who ushered Baltimore into the industrial age, there’s something fun and playful about the idea of Instagramming your way through the place in contemporary times.
Go out there and create something awesome!
Though it might feel like a “big small town,” Baltimore is bursting at the seams with unique attractions tailor-made for Instagram-inspired excursions. It was a challenge to choose only eight of the most Instagrammable places in Baltimore. Ultimately, we settled on an eclectic mix of the historic and the hip. Every portrait, selfie, and landscape photo is a way to share this city with the rest of the world.