B&O Railroad Museum – Baltimore and Ellicott City, and Mount Clare, Maryland

B&O Railroad Museum – Baltimore and Ellicott City, and Mount Clare,  Maryland

If you are a fan of the B&O, or any railroad for that matter, you will want to visit the B&O Railroad Museum.  The museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.

In 1829 businessmen, surveyors, and engineers set out to build the B&O Railroad.  They built the fist commercial long distance track, the first passenger station, and invented America’s unique railroad.  Work has been done at Mt. Clare for over 130 years and is still going!!  The 40 acre campus is a National Historic Landmark, Affiliate of the Smithsonian Museum, and an independent educational resource.

What do they do?  They collect, preserve and interpret artifacts related to early American railroading, particularly the Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, Western Maryland, and other mid-Atlantic railroads.  There are nearly 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock showing the continuum of railroad technology history from 1830 to the present day.  There are hundreds and thousands of small artifacts giving you a look at railroading through it’s tools, exquisite time-pieces, fine art, presentation silver, uniforms, furniture, and personal memorabilia.   There is also an extensive collection of scale models and toy trains illustrating America’s long love with the railroad!  The grounds encompass significant historic structures, many of which are restored as well as bridges, earthworks, and archaeological resources.

Did you know that the B&O was the first commercial long-distance railroad?  They built the first American built steam locomotive and the first air conditioned train.

The B&O Transportation Museum at Mt. Clare opened on July 4, 1953.

Along with the rolling stock there is the small object collection which covers almost every area of railroading including clocks, pocket watches, textiles, lanterns, dining car china, silver, fine art, communication devices, signals, shop equipment and much more.

You will be able to see the Mt. Clare Depot which was built in 1851, the Roundhouse (Passenger Car Shop) built in 1884, Annex Building built in 1884, Baltimore & Ohio Passenger Care Works from 1869-70 and the Freight Car Repair Shop which has not been restored but the ruins are still there, and the historic 1.5 mile right of way.

Admission & Hours of Operation

B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland
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B&O Members – Free
Adults – $16
Seniors (60+) – $14
Children (2-12) – $10

Hours of Operation

Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Note: Last admission is one half hour prior to closing time. Museum hours are subject to change without notification and may be different during special events, please call 410-752-2490 prior to your visit. Please note that the 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.

Combo Tickets
Add $2 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 $4 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.

Visit Two Sites:
Adults – $18
Seniors (60+) – $16
Children (ages 2-12) – $12
B&O Members – Free

Visit Three Sites:
Mount Clare Museum House

Adults – $20
Seniors (60+) – $18
Children (ages 2-12) – $14
B&O Members – Free

Locations: 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore.
Phone: 410-752-2490
Email: info@borail.org

2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD
Phone: 410-461-1945
Email: sitemanager@borail.org

And Mount Clare: 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore
Phone: 410-837-3262
Email: infor@MountClare.org