MAY 2014 at the B&O in Baltimore
Day Out With Thomas
Friday - Sunday, May 2-4
Friday (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Saturday (8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day full of live entertainment, activities, and family fun! Tickets on sale beginning January 16, 2014; www.ticketweb.com/dowt or 1-866-468-7630. Advance purchase recommended for the train ride. Please note that everyone including B&O members will need to purchase a Day Out With Thomas ticket for admittance into the museum during this six day event. Coupons, vouchers, discounts, consignment tickets, complimentary passes, membership cards, etc. are not accepted during Day Out With Thomas.
Monday, May 5
Museum closed to the public for the breakdown of the past weekend event Day Out With Thomas.
Tuesday, May 6
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visitors receive half off regular admission rates the first Tuesday of every month at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard for the most important American railroad collection in the world!
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House
Saturdays, May 10, 17, & 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, May 11, 18, & 25 at 12:30 p.m.
With paid admission to the B&O Railroad Museum, you may purchase a train ride ticket to visit Mount Clare Museum House. Learn the story that connects these two great sites. Tickets for this experience are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children, and free for B&O members. Please note that Mount Clare Museum House has limited handicap accessibility and restroom facilities. Please note that rides are not guaranteed with your visit and that the Museum reserves the right to cancel or change train rides in the event of inclement weather, equipment malfunction, or special event days.
National Train Day at the B&O
Saturday, May 10
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Train Day at the birthplace of American railroading! Visitor enjoy programming highlighting the B&O Railroad's contributions to railroading and guided tours of its one-of-a-kind collection, including equipment rarely open for public like the #908 Office Car, the MARC #1 observation car, and the cab of the diesel locomotive PM #11 SW-1 switcher. Visitors who present an Amtrak ticket stub on this day will receive free admission.
The War Came By Train Lecture Series
Controversial Commander: Maryland's Major General Lew Wallace
Speaker: Gail Stephens
Saturday, May 10
Major General Lew Wallace was assigned to the military command of Maryland in March of 1864. At age 35, he was the youngest major general in the Union Army. Having fallen into disfavor wit Generals Grant and Halleck, he repaired much of the damage by fighting the Battle of Monocacy, "The battle that saved Washington" in July of 1864. Afterwards he was one of the judges that tried the Lincoln conspirators, served as governor of New Mexico, and wrote the epic novel Ben-Her. Mrs. Stephens will introduce you to this man whose life indeed reads like one of his novels. Gail Stephens has a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and did graduate work at both Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. After retiring from the Department of Defense in 1994 she became a serious student of the American Civil War with a specific interest in General Lew Wallace and the Battle of Monocacy. In 2002, she won the National Park Service's E. W. Peterkin Award for her volunteer work at the Monocacy National Battlefield and her many contributions to the public's understanding of Civil War history. Published in 2010 her book, Shadow of Shiloh: Major Lew Wallace in the Civil War, won the Civil War Forum of New York City's William Seward Award for best Civil War biography.
Book Signing of The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Maryland
by Chief Curator, David Shackelford
Saturday, May 17
10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
B&O Members only R.S.V.P. to Continental Breakfast in the Roundhouse
Incorporated in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of America's first railroads, and Maryland was its heart and soul. The B&O's creation was a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution, representing commerce and progress to towns along its route. Its headquarters and operations, centered in Baltimore, provided years of economic growth for the port city. This book contains images of well-known stations in Maryland, including Ellicott City Station, Gaithersburg Station, Camden Station, and the Mount Clare Shops, and a self-contained industrial city, now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Some stations still exist and are home to small museums or restaurants; others no longer stand, but images of them will remind even the casual historian of a time when railroads were a part of everyday life in America. Take a step back in time and revisit the sites, stations, and trains of the B&O that were once part of everyday life in Maryland and remember the glory of a bygone era. B&O Members may attend the book launch party and continental breakfast in the Roundhouse beginning at 9:00 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Jean Safrit by May 10th. David Shackelford has been the chief curator of the B&O Railroad Museum since 2004. He is also the author of A Journey from Roads to Rails, The Baltimore & Frederick Turnpike, the B&O Railroad, and Ellicott Mills, Maryland: 1800-1860.
presented by Capital One Bank
Wednesday, May 21
Toddler Time is held at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month during the months of January, February, March, June, July, August, and September. Following are the dates it is held in the months of April, May, and October: April 2, May 21, & October 1. Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blueville, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Please note that there is no Toddler Time on May 7. Recommended for ages 2-5. Please note that ride is not guaranteed with your visit and that the Museum reserves the right to change or cancel ride in the event of inclement weather or equipment malfunction. Children programs begin promptly on-time.
Book Signing of The Lincoln Myth
by Steve Berry
Thursday, May 22
6:30 p.m. (Prepaid Tickets Required)
You're invited! Thrillmaster and New York Times best selling author Steve Berry will stage the international release of his newest novel The Lincoln Myth in the Museum's Roundhouse. Mr. Berry will give a keynote address on how history inspired the most compelling fiction and then will be on-hand to sign copies of his book. Books available for on-site purchase. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID. A limited number of tickets for a very special "meet and greet" reception from 5:30pm to 6:30pm are available at $125 each and include a signed copy of his book. To purchase tickets click here. Proceeds from this event benefits Poe Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit charity whose mission is to preserve the history, life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore. Berry's historical thrillers have been honored on the New York Times best seller list and Berry is the No. 1 International Best Selling Author among many other important literary awards.
Guarding the Railroad
Saturday, May 24
Learn the importance of the B&O Railroad during the early days of the Civil War. See pictures of the Thomas Viaduct that was the only link by rail to Washington, D.C. This program, designed for children ages 6-12, allows them to try on the uniform and equipment that a soldier would have used on a day to day basis. They will be able to see and touch personal equipment, leather gear, haversack, and canteens.
Monday, May 26
Museum closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Blue Star Museums
Tuesday, May 27 - Sunday, August 31
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Ellicott City Station, Mount Clare Museum House are proud to partner with Blue Star Museums and offer active military personnel and up to five family members free admission to the museum from Tuesday, May 29 through Sunday, September 1, 2013. The Geneva Convention common access card (CAC) a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card are required to receive free admittance.
Civil War 150th Anniversary
The War Came By Train
Now – May 30, 2015
Monday-Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Sunday (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
The American Civil War was the first major conflict where railroads played a prominent role and the B&O was the major line that straddled a divided country. Between April 19, 1861 (The Baltimore Riot of 1861) and April 21, 1865 (Lincoln’s funeral train leaving Baltimore for Illinois), the B&O stood witness and participant in the greatest conflict the United States has ever faced and changed the course of American history. The War Came By Train serves as the B&O Railroad Museum’s primary attraction for the five year commemoration of the War’s sesquicentennial. The National Landmark Roundhouse will exhibit the largest assemblage of Civil War railroad equipment in the World featuring locomotives and rail cars that served during the war, significant military and personal artifacts that will change annually to portray each year of the war (some artifacts have never before been on public display), and a narrated, round trip train ride (when offered) to the original site of Camp Carroll, the largest Union encampment in Baltimore. Exhibits of 1864 include the Battle of Monocacy, the Johnson-Gilmor Raid, and blockhouses.
B&O Members receive FREE admission to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore!
During the months of April and May 2014, B&O members receive free admission to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore with the presentation of a valid B&O membership card and photo identification. Please note that Family and Family & Friends memberships will allow free admittance for 2 adults and 2 children. To become a B&O members, visit Membership.