Gaithersburg Community Museum
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.
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.
The Community Museum has some much to offer in the middle of historic Gaithersburg. The museum had an interactive play space where kids and adults can relive selling train tickets or sending telegrams, or do a scavenger hunt and win prizes. The caboose is converted into a playroom with wooden trains for the younger kids (and dads). There is a Budd car converted into Museum space that is perfect for watching the MARC and cargo trains go by without the noise.
This is wonderful place for children, my kids are 1 and 4 years old they are a little bit too small for the museum house but the train part, they were enjoy wooden train track, magnetic trains, hook-on trains, lot of cars, ambulances, tunnels, bridges, lego trains, engineers' costume, chef's costume with abundant of cooking toys, crayon, coloring books, story books. By the way museum house is wonderful with hands on things like, beans to weights on sliding scale, coloring pages/books, crayons, chalks with boards, maps, globes, maze game, other games and all kind of interesting stuff like cashier, manual calculator, and most of all, there were running by wonderful ladies, one is Luis if I did not spell wrong but the 2 others, I forgot to ask theirs name. They all are so kind and fun, they all are friendly, informative, and make you feel so welcome. :) And by this fall, there will be a fountain play, could not wait!!!! If you come by here, don't forget to swing by griffin park, and every Thursday all summer long there will be shows on stage Gaithersburg pavilion, near by there is Fire Museum which will only open on Saturday. And don't forget to check out Constitution garden park.
Kenan Perry Jackson
A little bit of local history which is nice. They do have storytime for kids (at a small cost)
Small museum but with a lot of history. My kids love this place. The firefighters are wonderful with the kids. I recommend this place. It's free but please leave a donation.