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Baltimore - 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.


K Se

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
One of my favorite childhood places and an all around excellent museum. Love the feeling of nostalgia I get when walking through these doors. Beautiful museum, kind energy & wooden whistles that sound like a train when you blow on them as a souvenir! Great time for more attentive kids but fun for all. 🚂

Alicia Brown

Friday, March 16, 2018
Well worth the money. The round house has a lot of locomotives to check out. The model train display is also very cool. It is of the city of Baltimore. We took a free tour and were able to learn a lot of fun details.

Aaron Cupps

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
This is a lot more fun and interesting than one may expect when making plans. We've gone a couple of times with the sun if engaging the kids. However, I think the adults in the group enjoy it even more. Insightful historical information, cool trains you can climb in and a playground outside all await. Free parking!

Jonathan Fisher

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
The place has a lot going for it, but a few things missing. Definitely bring your own food; their frier is pretty much the only method of cooking at their pathetic cafe. They use old commuter cars to demo the first mile of rail around, which is cool, but easy to miss. The train collections have a few very large pieces that show how much power is in steam trains, and a few unique elements of history. For the toddlers, the play area is fairly large with lots of toys, at least for when there aren't a lot of toddlers (kids that small are just learning to share). We visited on a day they were demonstrating the turntable in the roundhouse. That was something to see: a single person rotating a whole train car by manpower!

Marybeth Murphioka

Monday, March 5, 2018
Extremely frustrating trying to visit here. Posted hours said they are open 10am-4pm on Monday...called and checked over the weekend that these were the correct hours and it seemed all good. Just got here (noon) and it's closed, even though the posted hours on the gate say 10am-4pm on Mondays. Thanks a lot! Update your info and get on it!

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