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Inner Harbor Timline from 2001 - 2005

The redevelopment of the Inner Harbor, once an industrial port, led the way for revitalization projects all over the city, making Baltimore a national model for urban renewal. Following is a chronology of the redevelopment efforts that helped build Baltimore into the attractive destination it is today.

2001 Marriott Waterfront hotel opens. Top of the World Observation Level closes early in the year for major renovations and reopens in May with a brand new look.

2003 PSINet Stadium is renamed M&T Bank Stadium. Hampton Inn & Suites Inner Harbor opens.

2004 USS Constellation celebrates her 150th anniversary with a host of special events and free festivities. The new $8 million, 8,000-square foot, state-of-the art Baltimore Visitor Center opens on the West Shore of the Inner Harbor, offering a wide range of information resources and services. The Maryland Science Center completes a major expansion and renovation, with new exhibitions added on all levels, including a permanent hall showcasing dinosaurs and earth sciences, a dedicated gallery for housing temporary exhibitions, and upgrades to the IMAX Theater. The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center opens - a world-class venue showcasing touring Broadway shows and the best of the performing arts.

2005 Harborplace celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture opens, dedicated to sharing the courageous journeys toward freedom and self-determination made by African American Marylanders. Sports Legends at Camden Yards opens with 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits, transforming Camden Station into one of the most spectacular sports museums in America. The National Aquarium in Baltimore opens Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, depicting a typical river gorge in Australia's Northern Territory, with 1,800 individual native animals representing 120 species. The upscale, all-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor opens. The Baltimore Visitor Center wins the Grand Design Award from the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Big Bus Company begins offering guided tours of the city from its London-style double-decker buses. Baltimore is named a top-10 up-and-coming destination by Frommer's, the world leader in travel guides.

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