Flourishing in its expanded and newly restored state, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is hosting record numbers of ... More
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
Flourishing in its expanded and newly restored state, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is hosting record numbers of visitors to its internationally renowned campus and collections. Through these collections and its historic buildings, it is the mission of this institution to reveal the drama of American railroading, its people, culture, and legacy to a wide and diverse audience. The Museums 40-acre historic site, its unrivaled collections and magnificent buildings combined with innovative education and public programming have earned it the sobriquet Americas railroad museum.
This museum was started in 1953 and has a very knowledgeable and friendly staff. The first thing you notice is the huge roundhouse. It's impressive and houses many restored and unrestored trains and rolling stock. Outside the roundhouse is a maintenance building filled with more trains and passenger cars. A train in this building is 1 of 2 that still exists, the other is in the Henry Ford museum in Detroit. They also give train rides, which I didn't have time to do. The day I was there, they had a WWII display of old memorabilia, jeeps and guys dressed in vintage clothing. This is a perfect place for kids, with various scale train layouts (both inside and outside), some huge play areas and lots of space to roam. I travel for business and try to visit museums. I can't think of a train museum that I've enjoyed more. There is a gift shop, a scale model display, and a clock display. Tons of fun, wish I had more time that day.
The B&O Museum is a great place for all ages! There's a lot for kids to do--look at, explore, and climb on! It's a great place for history buffs, too, to understand the role that trains played in expanding the US and travel and industry. The monthly reading times for kids are especially good. Recommend buying a membership for those who are local. I have gone many times with my niece and she has never grown tired of it.
We took the grandkids there for a quick outing. It is funny watching the young and the old enjoying the same thing. It was reaaly great. It is easy to get to. You can go at your own pace. It truly is a place that both the young and old enjoy. I looking forward to going back as the grand kids grow.
A great array of old and huge locomotives and cars. If you like RR history you'll like this museum. The museum roundhouse collapsed in a snow storm but it has been rebuilt very nicely and offers a great way to see a roundhouse and some old iron. I especially liked the huge locomotives in the shed building. The spring or fall are a good time since it requires outdoor viewing. The waterfront is only a few blocks away to make it a day.
I got to spend time with my dad doing something we both enjoyed, trains. We had a great time looking at the trains and then a great lunch nearby at a great little diner that served the best food... better than moms.
WE LOVED THE PLACE. THE TRAINS ARE JUST BEAUTIFUL AND WE LEARNED ALOT ABOUT THE HISTOR OF RAILROADING IN AMERICA.
I WOULD SUGGEST THAT EVERY SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND EVERY ONE LIVING IN THE STATE, VISIT THIS PLACE ATLEAST ONCE.
IT IS A VALUABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL.
WE HOPE TO VISIT AGAIN THE NEXT TIME WE ARE IN MARYLAND VISITING MY FAMILY. WE HAVEN'T BEEN SINCE THE RECONSTRUCTION AFTER THE SNOW STORM THAT DID SO MUCH DAMAGE. HOWEVER, I DO KEEP TABS ON IT THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
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