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Family Fun Guide To Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

August 12, 2011 5:00 AM

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Family Guide to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

301 W. Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 625 -7060
Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Mondays (except for major holidays)
Admission:
Adult: $10
Seniors (55+): $9
Student (5-18): $7
Child (under 4): free
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How about some pop-culture education for the kids? The Geppi Entertainment Museum next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore is just the place to take the whole gang for a trip down 250 years of memory lane, American pop-culture style.

Recall your childhood with comics, radio and televisions shows, films, cartoons and much, much more. The museum holds almost 6,000 artifacts – some dating back into the late 1700s housing everyone from Mickey Mouse to Star Wars and Superman.

With all this entertainment going on, it’s no wonder it’s a winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Award for Best Kid Museum in ’09. This museum is a sure family favorite.

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Comic Books

A library like none other – the A Story in Four Colors houses over 750 action-packed books. From classics to modern comics, including Batman and Robin, Spiderman, Howdy Doody, Barbie, G.I Joe and the Incredibles, just to name a few.  The owner, Steve Geppi, began collecting comic books in 1974 and today he makes his collection available to all.

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The Adventure

The Geppi Museum of Entertainment guides the visitor through sections of global and local history documented by cartoon and comic strip heroes, villains and clowns.  It starts with the early days of the Great Depression and World War II when the comic strip pages and radio shows not only kept people entertained but also informed and offered hope.

The Museum makes a stop in the era of television and celebrates how the cartoon and pop-culture icons bloomed with a new medium that brought them to life, right in people’s living rooms.  See artifacts dedicated to Howdy Doody, Elvis and the Old West.  Also highlighted is the Revolution years, during the 70s and the Expanding Universe when we were introduced to new characters through video games and cartoons based on technology with a strong emphasis on the future.

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Taking Entertainment to the Next Level

Throughout the year, the Museum offers events to get the creative juices of its museum-goers…going!  How to Toon is a day camp where kids ages six to 12 can learn the basics of creating and drawing their own cartoons.  Instructors not only teach the 1-2-3s of drawing but also character development, personality, costume and good storytelling.  Leave here and expect to see your own kid’s creations in publication someday!  Not to be left out, the Museum also offers a one-of-kind Wine & Cartooning Workshop for adults.  Doubtful you will find this kind of workshop available anywhere else, the adult can learn the basics to creating a cartoon, while tasting local Maryland wines.  This sounds more and more interesting!

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For Those on Tight Budget

Pay only half-price on days the Baltimore Ravens (NFL) and the Baltimore Orioles (MLB) are playing on their home fields.  Also, the Museum likes people who go green, not just because they like the Green Lantern, but for the sake of the environment.  If you use public transportation and can prove it (ticket stub), you will get two dollars off admission price.

Christian Kendzierski spends most of his time as a media specialist at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland.  He also works as a freelance writer and lives in Baltimore.  See what’s going in his world by following him on Twitter @ck1media.

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