B and O Railroad Museum

901 West Pratt Street
410-752-2490

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.

Vision:

-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.

History:

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.


Reviews

C Sands

Rating:
Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017

Great train museum! Accessibility exists for wheelchairs and strollers with ramps and automatic doors. Volunteers and staff are very knowledgeable about trains and are fun to swap stories with. Children 12 and under can pick up a "passport" at the front desk or gift shop to stamp at 10 locations around the museum. No strollers allowed on train ride.

Heather Davis

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Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

This place was great! They have so many different types of trains and miniture train sets and villages. You can also take a short ride one which is usually fun for the kids but may not be as exciting for the adults but still worth the money

marion campbell

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Had an excellent visit! Volunteer guides were very helpful and knowedgable. The locomotives, rollimg stock and model railroads exhibits were incredible and the Roundhouse was stunning! If you love trains, history or are simply looking for something different and fun to do, the B&O Railroad Museum is an excellent choice. They also have free parking which for entertainment venues in Baltimore is a big plus. A good time was had by all! Many thanks to the volunteers and staff who make it all happen, well done!

William McNally

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Great fun for the kids we went on a Monday and the outdoor attractions were not open but there was no lines so no waits. Seems like the outdoor attractions would be going on a weekend with more people around. Very informative and interesting.

Timeka Wright

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Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Had my son's 1st birthday party here it was really nice my host was excellent and kind. He helped with my party from beginning to the end and it included a train ride. Looking forward to coming back.