901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
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Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director, B&O Railroad MuseumFrom the Desk of Kris Hoellen:

Hello! It is with great honor that I introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum! This museum is special. Besides being the birthplace of American railroading and shepherding the careful preservation of American locomotives in the world (affectionately referred to as iron horses), the B&O is also planning for the future. The year 2027 marks the 200th anniversary of American Railroading and we plan to be ready by creating a master plan that honors the past, present, and future of railroading and is on "F.I.R.E" — Fun, Interactive, Relevant, and Experiential!

As a first step in our master plan, we have recently held a groundbreaking to construct the new home for Baltimore City's Mounted Police Unit — the oldest continuously operating mounted police unit in the country! On your next trip to the B&O, ask to see the First Mile Stables, appropriately named, as the Stables will be located along the first commercial mile of track ever laid in America.

We have something for everyone at the B&O — whether you are interested in history, trains, or simply wondering how your food is shipped to you (we have the first Plate "F" refrigerated boxcar ever produced to use carbon dioxide as the cooling system), or if you are interested in American art or how the railroad spurred other inventions — we have something for you!

Last, but not least, we also cater to children or adults who want to have fun! Any time of year is a great time to visit. Check out our calendar of events, it is updated daily, and plan to attend one of our amazing programs. 

Once again, we are pleased that TripAdvisor awarded the B&O the coveted Certificate of Excellence ranking; Lianorg, Asia's largest tourist and travel website awarded us a Top Choice Gold Medal two years in a row;USA Today ranks us among the TOP TEN things to do in Baltimore, and Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century names us among the top 10 railway museums in the world...and that's just to name a few!

We are conveniently located near I-95 for those arriving from local airports or outside of Maryland. We have gated, free and ample parking making access to the B&O easy. We also have food on-site, as well as other amenities. Make a day of it, and be prepared to say, "this is a really cool museum" or one of my favorite phrases is "I had no idea, I learned so much." Be prepared to be surprised! And Welcome Aboard!

 

Sincerely,

Kris Hoellen 
Executive Director

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