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B and O Railroad Museum

901 West Pratt Street

Mission Statement:

B&O Railroad MuseumComprised of the oldest and most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the Western Hemisphere, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Inc. is a unique cultural and educational asset for the city and the region. An unparalleled roster of the 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, original shop buildings, and surviving tracks at the historic Mt. Clare site provide an integrated resource to present virtually every aspect of American railroad development and its impact on our society, culture and economy.


-Preserve the physical legacy and experience of American railroading, and to interpret and present its history to the widest possible audience.

-Develop programs which broaden and deepen public appreciation of the past, present and future significance of the railroad industry in the development of American life, especially in the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, and the region.


In the late 19th century, an overzealous publicity agent developed a trade show exhibit for a major American railroad headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. This exhibit survived the railroad that sponsored it and grew to become a "national treasure" of railroad artifacts. Today, it comprises the collection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.

Located among Baltimore City's historic southwest neighborhoods, at the original site of the historic Mt. Clare Shops, the B&O Railroad Museum is recognized universally as the birthplace of American railroading. It was here within the Museum's 40-acre campus that Baltimore businessmen, surveyors, and engineers set about building the B&O Railroad in 1829, laying the first commercial long-distance track, building the first passenger station, and inventing America's unique railroad. Railroad work has been conducted at Mt. Clare for over 130 years. And it continues today. A National Historic Landmark, Affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum, and independent educational resource, the B&O Railroad Museum collects, preserves and interprets artifacts related to early American railroading, particularly the Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, Western Maryland, and other mid-Atlantic railroads to the delight of over 200,000 visitors a year. Nearly 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock provide a continuum of railroad technology history from 1830 through the present day, and hundreds of thousands of small artifacts provide a unique glimpse of railroading through tools, exquisite time-pieces, fine art, presentation silver, uniforms, furniture, and personal memorabilia. Additionally, an extensive collection of scale models and toy trains illustrate America's long fascination with trains and railroading. And the grounds of the Museum encompass significant historic structures, many of which are restored as well as bridges, earthworks, and archaeological resources.


Jackie Doe

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
This was a disappointing experience for my family and I. We drove from NJ for a Day out with Thomas trip. The museum itself was nice but Nothing sparked any of the kids interest. The train ride was only 20 min and went nowhere. You ride 10 min up and back to look at the same bunch of broken branches and vandalism on buildings and lots. The scenery was unattractive to say the least and we had two police follow us back and forth on their motorcycle. Were they protecting us? Police officers were the only excitement that we had from the 20 min ride. The train was outdated and dirty. The music was awful. Overall it was a waste of money and time.

Larry Beldner

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Incredible! Huge collection of rail stock. Plenty of other lines as well as B&O, with wonderful pieces from the history of railways. Beautiful HO layout with multiple finely detailed working scenes with railyard, town, farms, all represented in a rail car! Outside was a c.+50' square layout with 4 or 5 engines and cars moving past water features, tunnels, hills and detailed buildings. They have several Mikado engines, the heaviest, longest ever. The guides love and know their stock, reeling off facts and statistics. Also, totally ready for birthday parties, any age! Yes. It's good!

Missie Mills Lopez

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Beautiful museum, and super kid-friendly! We attended a birthday party today and were really impressed with everything. There’s a kids playground outside, small carousel ride, and large indoor section that’s just for little kids. They really thought out the kids area- there are train tables, Legos, a coloring area, a well-stocked bookshelf, mini train house, and more. My children played happily there, and we would have stayed longer except it was just so darn hot. We will return when it’s cold outside. The birthday party included a train ride that the kids loved. Great experience. The bathrooms in the main building had a chair and changing table outside of the handicap stall, and a step stool by the sink. So kid friendly!!

Dawn Becker

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Worth the trip , especially if you love trains and/or history. Lots of unique information about the importance of trains throughout the growth of our country and even WWI and WWII. Don't be shy about talking to the volunteers there, they carry their own wealth of knowledge. We went as a party of 3 adults and spent the better part (or more) of 3hours.

J. Fitz

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Beautiful museum. We have gone several times for their polar express and ride with Thomas. My kids love it and there is so much to do. They have many old trains for the kids to explore as well as a kids section. They always have different events going on. If you love trains this place is a must see!

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