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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.


Jennifer Brocato

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I love this place. My grandson is currently into trains and he enjoys himself each time we go. I bought a membership for two people (which happens to be a tax deductible donation!), and includes two months to the zoo for free! They have events every month to keep it interesting, and last Friday we rode Thomas the train. It's an enjoyable place to go with a little person. The parking is both ample and free. There is an outdoor playground, and they offer food for sale. You can even hold a birthday party or event there.

Jessie Dickinson

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
We were there for the whole day on Saturday, so 10-4, and still wished that we had more time there. It was a great time, with super informative volunteers in the North Car Repair Shop and the Conductor in First Class on the train ride. Every member of the staff we encountered was friendly. The park was clean, the displays well organized, and a wonderful variety of train cars and memorabilia, and equipment on display. The signs were well thought out and very informative. A beautiful display and buildings. Great job!

David Tazartes

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
An amazing collection of old and very well-preserved steam trains dating as far back as 1830s. Ridiculously awesome famous trains in the Card Shop: the Hudson 490, and an Allegheny you can actually climb in. Kids' area with train tables. Beautiful setting in an old roundhouse. Train ride of appropriate length for easily bored children.

M MacFarland

Saturday, May 12, 2018
A must for train enthusiasts. Less interesting since limited hands-on for those who are not spell bound by train engines. Incredible number of well perserved engines. Lots to look at and basic information about each one. Unfortunately only a few are open to explore. Not a lot of activities for smaller children. A must for train enthusiasts. The train ride is pretty short and doesn't go anywhere interesting.

H J Mackay

Monday, May 14, 2018
We went for the Tommy the Train trip. That was disappointing. I am a big time Smithsonian supporter, but a 20 minute train ride after a 40 minute standing in line waiting scene doesn't work for me... Especially with a 2 year old and 1 year old in tow. The balance of the museum is excellent. Do the museum... Skip Tommy.... The kids who are into the Tommy characters series will get nothing from the "ride".... They can see Tommy and some of his "friends" parked at the station and get just as much joy without all the cramming in line and waiting... The train trip is a2. The museum is a 5+

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