B&O Railroad Museum

B&O Railroad Museum


Comprised 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.

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 Museum’s 40-acre historic site, its unrivaled collections and magnificent buildings combined with innovative education and public programming have earned it the sobriquet America’s railroad museum.

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Hours

Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

*Last admission is a half hour before closing time, so must arive by 3:30 pm.

Museum is CLOSED on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

(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

B&O Members: Free

Adults: $18

Seniors (60+): $16

Children (2-12): $12


Combo Tickets
Add $4 to any B&O in Baltimore admission and visit both the B&O in Baltimore and Ellicott City Station or Mount Clare Museum House!
Add $8 to any B&O in Baltimore admission and visit all three B&O Museums: the B&O in Baltimore, Ellicott City Station, and Mount Clare Museum House!
The discounted combination ticket is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.
 

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.

Activities

  • Kids Activites: carousel, kids zone, choo choo blue, and birthday parties
  • Train Rides
  • Guided Tours
  • Reading Programs

Facilities

Museum Store, Trains, Snack Bar

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible, including the Mile One Express Train.

Events

  • There are currently no scheduled events.

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