Awe-Inspiring Spaces Under Canvas & Glass

University System of Maryland's Columbus Center



The Columbus Center is the headquarters of the University System of Maryland (USM) and home to its Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). The Center serves as a collaborative hub for economic development among USM, IMET, and private industry.

The Columbus Center community is comprised of USM faculty and staff, private entities in science related fields, and start-up companies in the IMET Harbor Launch Incubator. 



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Awe-Inspiring Spaces Under Canvas & Glass

In addition to serving as a collaborative hub for economic development, Baltimore’s Columbus Center has a truly breathtaking venue for your next event. We provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for large-scale events of up to 600 attendees, and can also accommodate small, intimate meetings of just 12 guests.

With stunning views of the Baltimore Harbor, this landmark waterfront property can make your next event a memorable one under the sail-like roof in one of our many events spaces.

Prime location
in downtown
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Book Your Event

Tell us about the event you’re planning. Complete our form and we will get in touch within 1-3 days.

Office Leasing
Office Leasing

Find out about the Columbus Center’s prime office space for established science-related businesses and startups.

Location Rooted in History
Rooted in History

Our purpose permeates from our unique architecture through the work done in between our walls.

Doing business at the Columbus Center
The Back Story

The Columbus Center for Marine Research and Exploration was built in 1995 to be a multi-use facility, to provide a world center for excellence in marine research, and to allow the public to interface with the scientific research world--to provide a port hole to the Marine World.

Today, owned and managed by the University System of Maryland, it continues this mission as one of the country’s leading centers for research and economic development in life sciences, biotechnology and health care.