It’s been a little over a year since Z and I adventured in Baltimore to see the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower…which makes it a perfect opportunity to share it with y’all now! Located only an hour and a half away from D.C. this makes a great weekend adventure.
First, a little history. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, originally the Emerson Tower, has been in Baltimore since 1911! At that time it was the tallest building in Baltimore. The tower was built by Captain Isaac Emerson – who invented the headache remedy Bromo Seltzer (hence the name Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower). Inside you can find the beautiful blue bottles that Bromo Seltzer was sold in and artwork from local artists. The most interesting part about it (and the reason we decided to go) was the huge clock that has the words BROMO SELTZER around it instead of numbers. Getting to see the inside of that clock was enough to get us in the car and head up! Fun fact: the tower was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Venice, Italy.
What’s Offered Now
Currently the BSAT has the largest collection of Bromo Seltzer and Maryland bottles…ever! There are also studio spaces filled with art on the walk up that can make for interesting conversations. Z and I spent close to an hour looking at all of the artwork, picking out our favorite ones. Now to the best part – the clock! The only way to see the clock is by going on the tour. At the very end you climb the steps and ladder up to the tippity top and you get to see the inside of the currently functioning clock! These photos were taken at our favorite exhibit last year (2019).
The Tower is only open on Saturdays from 11am – 4pm! Tours cost $8 and they start at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. Make sure you plan accordingly. We just happened to go on a Saturday (lucky us).