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The Baltimore Museum of Industry collects, preserves, and interprets the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibitions that explore the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who created and worked in them. Our goals are to provide the best educational experience for the community, to teach about the fascinating history of Baltimore, and to promote lifelong intergenerational learning.
Unlike many museums, the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s collections do not document the lifestyle of the elite. Instead, BMI depicts people who are often over-looked: the workers, small business owners, and others who built our history. Baltimore has long been recognized as a major industrial center and is home to the nation’s first passenger railway, oldest gas company, first traffic light, and many other inventions and innovations. The BMI’s collections are evocative reminders of Baltimore’s great history and explain, more effectively than any textbook, how the city developed from a small trading post to a thriving industrial center. The collections also explain how Baltimore’s residents—no matter their station in life, race, ethnicity, or occupation—contributed to this development.