SEPTEMBER 2016 at the B&O in Baltimore
Monday, September 5
Museum closed in observance of Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 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!
Education Connection: Brake, Build, Boom!
Tuesday - Friday in September
10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Children enjoy Education Connection at Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone in the B&O Roundhouse. This month's program focuses on the power of inventions and the process of revision. Children become a "master engineer" in this exciting series. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Ticket Sale THE POLAR EXPRESS
Beginning Tuesday, September 6
Event dates: November 19 & 20 and November 25-27
All aboard for THE POLAR EXPRESS at the B&O Railroad Museum! This holiday season create a Christmas memory that you and your family will treasure forever - a journey to the North Pole via THE POLAR EXPRESS. Pajama-clad families can board THE POLAR EXPRESS for a train ride to remember. On board the train, passengers are whisked off to "the North Pole" where they relive the magic of the classic children's book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. In this beloved story a young boy takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole and receives a special gift from Santa. Characters from this award-winning book come to life through this magical holiday journey on board THE POLAR EXPRESS. The conductor punches your golden ticket,chefs serve you hot chocolate and cookies, Santa's helpers provide carols and holiday cheer, and Santa himself gives each child the first gift of Christmas - a silver sleigh bell. Children of all ages will BELIEVE! Tickets on-sale beginning September 6. For more information and tickets click here
Wednesday, September 7 & 21
Toddler Time is normally held at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month during the months of January - October. Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Recommended for ages 2-5. Please note that this event promptly begins on time.
Royal Adventure Days
presented by Century Engineering, Edward St. John / St. John Properties
September 10 & 11
Princess Train Ride at 11:30 a.m.
"Rocket Trains" at 1:00 p.m.
Come dressed as your favorite astronaut, railroad engineer, or prince or princess for an out-of-this-world experience. Elsa makes an appearance for story time in the Roundhouse. Interactive games provided. Then All Aboard for A Princess Train Ride at 11:30 a.m. for a round-trip train ride fit for any king or queen! Little passengers board the decorated royal train car to have some first class fun! At 1:00 p.m. it's A Blast with Rocket Trains! Rockets and trains are not just for boys! Girls and boys will have a blast building and launching their own rocket-powered train. This hands-on learning experience allows young princesses and princes to explore and apply a range of science and engineering concepts in a fun way. Rocket trains are recommended for ages 5+. Adult supervision required.
Restoration Facility Tour: the New, the Old, & the Restored!
Sunday, September 11
Take the 2:00 p.m. train ride for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s state-of-the-art restoration facility constructed in 2005 to restore and maintain the museum’s locomotive and rolling stock collection. This guided tour is an up-close and personal look at the shop including the machinery used in the restoration process and a peek at some of the “Iron Horses” currently being maintained and restored. Duration of the tour is 1 hour with an additional 15 minutes for train ride to and from the restoration shop. Space is limited to 25 people for age 13 and up. Train ride and tour is $11.00 per person with paid admission.
Civil War Days Weekend
Saturday, September 17 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday, September 18 (11am - 4pm)
Travel back to the time of the American Civil War at the B&O Railroad Museum! Join us for a special living history presentation by members of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry in the B&O Roundhouse. Medical displays by a Civil War surgeon and the Maine Camp & Hospital Association will be ongoing the entire weekend. Meet the soldiers and learn about camp life, the gear they carried, and troop travel by train. The ladies of the Maine Camp & Hospital Association will have Civil War kids' games available, period clothes to try on and an afternoon tea party!
Makers of the Railroad: African Americans on the B&O
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - February 28, 2017
Monday - Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) & Sunday (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
The B&O Railroad Museum's new exhibit Makers of the Railroad: African Americans on the B&O commemorating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights the history of African Americans on the railroad who served as porters, waiters, chefs and innovators. See rare images from the B&O Railroad Photograph Collection and artifacts that African American utilized. For more information about this exhibit and the temporary traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibiton Service (SITES) click here.
Railroading Day "Calling All Scouts!"
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24
The B&O Railroad Museum and the Boy Scouts of America are partnering for Railroading Day that is open to all scouts. Meet merit badge requirements toward the Railroading, Inventing, and Electronic Merit Badges. Special scout activities planned throughout the day. Hands-on activities too that are age appropriate for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Blue Star Museums
Tuesday, May 31 - Sunday, September 4
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 31 through Sunday, September 4, 2016 except from July 12 - 17 for the event CHUGGINGTON. 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.