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Gaithersburg Community Museum

9 South Summit Avenue
301-258-6160

The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex. The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors' interest and imagination in our City's history.

The Community Museum comprises the historic Freight House, the History Park and the rolling stock of the Gaithersburg Railway Museum.

The Gaithersburg Railroad Station was a major rail complex at the time it was built, and in 1978, its buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it still serves as a central focus in our City's Olde Towne district.

Permanent and rotating exhibits, educational programs and a gift shop are housed in the Freight House. A detailed HO scale layout, constructed by the Gaithersburg Model Railroad Society, is a popular display with the young and young at heart.

The History Park is nestled between the Train Station and Freight House and features plaques with historical photographs and information on the City's history and development. Plantings in the park include some of the original peonies from the Schwartz family's garden. The Schwartz family once owned the home that now serves as our City Hall.

The trains, or rolling stock exhibit in the yard just outside the Freight House features a 1918 Buffalo Creek and Gauley #14 Steam Locomotive, a 1942 B&O Railroad "Wagontop," Bay Window Caboose, and a circa 1940 Defense Transportation Corps Troop Kitchen Car. Information and exhibits in the Freight House explore the pivotal roll the railroad played in our City's development.

In partnership with the Gaithersburg Historical Association, the City of Gaithersburg collects photographs, documents, and other historic articles that tell the story of Gaithersburg and present that story in an interesting and interpretive manner. Tours, programs, local history publications, rentals, genealogical and other research opportunities, and much more are all waiting for you and your family at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.



Reviews

Jessica Caudill

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
We took our 3 & 4 year old kids to this museum. We weren’t sure how interested they’d be, but decided to check it out. It was SO much fun for them! They loved doing the scavenger hunt, playing with fake money, stamping train tickets, playing in the school room, and exploring the general store area. The caboose with the play area was also a big hit. For me, there was also a lot of really neat history facts about this area. Plus, it’s all AIR CONDITIONED!! It was a lot of fun & we’re looking forward to visiting again and discovering even more things to do.

Mario Panameno

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
I had a good time at this little museum, my guide was a wonderful lady who took the time to brief me on just about everything. There is a little cafe inside, but there is aslso a few options for food in the area. It is worth visiting this place and to get to know the history of the old B&O train.

Christine Chin Choy

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Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
We love coming here! Best viewing area for trains, best free play area for kids or kids-at-heart. The muesum staff always has a new and fun for activity for visitors. Periodically, there are also free events for the community and there are regular low-fee story time activities during the week. (Can you tell, that we come here a lot?). Just an absolute local treasure.

Ricki Edits Life

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Cute place and I was able to walk around in the caboose!

Josh Higham

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Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Good for a 20 minute Gaithersburg history lesson for adults, and a great place for kids. The caboose is full of toys and activities for kids, and the museum is along active tracks, so you might see a freight or commuter train rumble past! Ask to go in the silver car--it's a retired B&O/MARC commuter car.

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