BALTIMORE — It’s official — America’s premier pop culture museum, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards, will open its doors to the public Sept. 8. The 17,000-square-foot attraction located in Baltimore’s historic Camden Station features colorful, chronologically arranged displays that explore 230 years of American life. From rare toys and antique advertising to comic books, movie posters and animation cels, the museum’s visually stunning collection includes rare artifacts that never before have been displayed under one roof. Many of the articles have come from the world-famous private collection of museum founder and Diamond Comic Distributors President and CEO Stephen A. Geppi, but other antique and vintage items have been loaned to the museum by private individuals who do not ordinarily share their collections publicly.
Originally to have launched over the July 4 holiday weekend, the museum now opens on the Friday after Labor Day, based on a decision made by Steve Geppi himself. “When we realized that so many collector-oriented events would be taking place in and around Baltimore at that time, we felt we should push back the opening to allow visitors to the city to take part in and enjoy the grand-opening festivities,” he said. The events to which Geppi refers include the comic book collector convention, Baltimore Comic-Con, and a series of antiques and collectibles auctions to be conducted by Hake’s, Morphy Auctions and Geppi’s Memorabilia Road Show.
An unprecedented undertaking, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards has already captured the attention of major tour operators. According to the museum’s executive director, Wendy Kelman, 12 groups have booked pre-opening tours of Baltimore’s newest and most talked-about attraction so far, with many additional requests currently being attended to. Detailed information about the museum’s opening will appear online soon at www.geppismuseum.com.