Welcome to The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museums! We've stretched our arms a bit and are now operating three museums in the Baltimore metropolitan region that are all very diverse yet historically connected.
Our main campus in downtown Baltimore is a National Historic Landmark and holds the oldest, most historic and comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. These rarities are set in a unique complex of historic structures including the most magnificent Roundhouse ever constructed, all on a 40-acre historic site universally recognized as the birthplace of American railroading. Hours of enjoyment and fun await your visit! Seasonal train rides along the first railroad right of way in the Western Hemisphere, engaging exhibits of rare artifacts, powerful steam and diesel locomotives, soaring buildings, outdoor and indoor model train layouts, public programs, toddler, child and family-friendly activities are all apart of the visitor experience here.
About half way down our railroad right of way and a short drive away is Mount Clare Museum House. Perched high on a hill overlooking the City of Baltimore is this 1756 Georgian home of Charles Carroll, Barrister. Yet another National Historic Landmark, Mount Clare boasts one of America's finest collections of furniture and decorative arts; most of the collection related to the Carroll family. Great stories of Colonial Maryland, the Revolution, slavery and plantation life, early industry, the War of 1812, the development of the B&O Railroad on Carroll land, the Civil War and beyond are all told here in this magnificent house.
Last but not least, located a short 10-mile drive away, is the 1831 Ellicott City Station, the oldest railroad station in America. Here changing exhibits and a magnificent HO scale model train layout tell the story of early railroading, the role of the station in small town life, the Civil War and the technology of roads and rails. Living historians, special events, and unique programs make this a must-see destination.
A "moving" experience, up close and personal, is what we promise!
I invite you to explore all of our Museums as well as the many resources offered here through our website. Many special events are planned for the coming year that you won't want to miss. For unique gifts, our Museum Store is available 24/7 on-line as are membership materials and volunteer opportunities. Don’t just plan a visit for a few hours, plan on spending the day!
Courtney B. Wilson