Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Museum of Industry

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.

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Hours

Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

On occasion, we may close for a private event. Please check here or call us for upcoming closures before you visit.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

  • Adults: $12
  • Senior: 62+ $9
  • Youth 7-18 or Student w/ID: $7
  • Children under 6: Free
  • BMI Members: Free

Group rates are available.

Memberships for a Single Adult are $35, senior and student with ID are $25; Households are $55.

Activities

Exhibits preserve and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of our region and explore the stories of Maryland's industries and the people who worked in them. Our exhibits document diverse industries including well-known manufacturers like McCormick & Co. Spices and Black & Decker to small print shops and neon sign manufacturers.

Each year over 70,000 Maryland school children participate in our hands-on programs and outreach initiatives, interactive tours and exhibits. We offer you and your students a broad range of opportunities designed to:

  • Enhance classroom learning goals and core knowledge
  • Meet statewide performance goals
  • Present multiple interactive learning experiences
  • Inspire future leaders of tomorrow in Math, Technology and the Social Sciences

Birthday parties

Group tours and programs are available to serve an array of audiences. Our scout programs help scouts earn badges through interactive programs that provide lessons in history, sewing, science and engineering. Other offerings include specialized senior tours, adult tours and focus tours (available upon request).

Facilities

BMI's Inner Harbor South campus is located on Key Highway, a part of the National Historic Seaport scenic byway. The BMI campus, which is the southern terminus of the Baltimore Harborwalk, includes dozens of intriguing Chesapeake-related resources and artifacts. There is free onsite parking for visitors.

BMI's campus includes two historic buildings, the (c.1870) Platt Oyster Cannery building which houses the museum and the Hercules Shipyard building. Both buildings are survivors from an era when Baltimore's Inner Harbor was lined with canneries and shipyards. The main floor of the museum building contains over a dozen exhibits, a gift shop, two sets of public restrooms, water coolers, a lunchroom, several rooms reserved for education and public programs, a coat room, a 30-seat movie theater, a 80-seat theater for performances and lectures, a catering area and the Decker Gallery, the museums main gallery that boasts a window wall facing the Harbor. 

Our outdoor campus contains a pavilion and picnic tables that overlook Baltimore's Inner Harbor which is available for public use when not reserved by a private party. Our outdoor campus Working Point, a large sculpture made of industrial materials. 

Accessibility

All BMI exhibits comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The museum offers handicapped accessible ramps both inside and outside of the museum.  A wheel chair is available for visitors to use while touring the museum upon request.  Handicapped guests to the Hercules Education Building, which houses some of BMI’s administrative offices, its computer labs and the Liberty Room conference space, can use an elevator to reach all floors of the building.  Our outdoor campus is linked through brick walkways to provide handicapped visitors with easy access to our pavilion.  Several parking spaces are reserved for our handicapped guests.

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