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Baltimore’s Washington Monument Museum

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Baltimore’s Washington Monument and Museum is located in Mount Vernon Place near the Walters Art Gallery. The museum occupies the base of the structure and includes access to the monument’s spire, its 228 steps leading to a panoramic view of the city’s skyline. The facility displays various exhibits including documents and photographs from the monument’s history. Additional pictures: [1] [2] [3] [4]

A bust of George Washington, located in the museum, was created by Giuseppe Ceracchi sometime between 1791 and 1792. Washington sat several times for Ceracchi during this time period, as did other American founding fathers. The Italian artist later traveled to Paris to work for Napoleon Bonaparte. Ceracchi was executed, in 1801, for his supposed involvement in a plot to kill the legendary French military leader.

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December 16th, 2009 at 9:17 am