The Maryland Historical Society houses the most significant collection of Maryland cultural artifacts in the world. From 18th- and 19th-century paintings and silver to 20th- century objects of everyday life, the collection celebrates Maryland’s rich and diverse history.
The building also houses the Carey Center for Maryland Life, which showcases MHS collections through its core exhibitions, "Looking for Liberty: An Overview of Maryland History," "Maryland Through the Artist’s Eye," and "Furniture in Maryland Life."
Among its more than 350,000 objects are more then 2,000 paintings, including the largest collection of works of art by members of the Peale family.
The Historical Society also features a significant collection of maritime-related artifacts, as well as outstanding collections of 19th-century Maryland furniture, silver, quilts, costumes, ceramics, dolls, and toys.