New Permanent Exhibition NOW OPEN

Timed-Entry Exhibition Tickets including Museum Admission On Sale Now!

Join us for the opening of the new permanent exhibition, The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers on the B&O Railroad. This exhibition examines the role of the physical railroad in the Underground Railroad network and gives an intimate look at the lives and journeys of 27 individuals who sought freedom from slavery along the B&O.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, tours, train rides, and children’s activities will be available. 

Children’s Activities

September 24-25 & October 1-2
Join us for children’s activities during the weekend in the Roundhouse, including coloring pages, a What Does Freedom Mean to You? drawing activity and Underground Railroad Scavenger Hunt.

“From Slavery to Civil Rights” Public Tours

September 24-25 @ 10:30 AM
September 24-25 & October 1 @ 2 PM
September 26-30 & October 3-7 @ 1 PM

Learn more about the tour

“From Slavery to Civil Rights” Junior Tours

September 26 & October 5 @ 11 AM
Learn more about the tour

Mile One Express Train Rides

Thursdays & Fridays @ 11:30 AM
Saturdays & Sundays @ 11:30 AM & 1 PM

Please note: the Museum will open late to the public on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11 AM.


Tours and children’s activities included with Museum Admission.
Purchase Train Ride tickets on-site. See Train Ride pricing for fares.

Due to limited capacity in the exhibition space, book Museum Admission and Underground Railroad exhibition timed-entry tickets together in advance to guarantee access to the new exhibition at the time of your visit.

About the Exhibition

The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers on the B&O Railroad examines the role of the physical railroad in the Underground Railroad network and gives an intimate look at the lives and journeys of 27 individuals who sought freedom from slavery along the B&O. The exhibition is located in the museum’s historic Mt. Clare Station – a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site and the exact location through which eight Freedom Seekers, including Henry “Box” Brown and William and Ellen Craft, traveled. The exhibition also examines the Black travel experience during this time as well as the use of railroad terminology as a secret, coded language for Freedom Seekers.

Exhibition highlights include an immersive 180-degree multimedia experience and a new recording of Henry “Box” Brown’s own song produced in collaboration with the Howard University Department of Music. It is likely that many more people’s stories are undocumented or yet to be rediscovered. Research is ongoing and the museum is committed to continuing to document and provide a voice to these harrowing journeys.

The Underground Railroad, organized by the 1830s, was an American network of abolitionists who aided and sheltered enslaved people seeking freedom from slavery prior to emancipation in 1863. During this period, a new technology was born that quickly revolutionized transportation and communication around the world – the railroad. The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the first commercial railroad in the United States, was founded in Baltimore at this exact location in 1827. The B&O Railroad, located between the American North and South, opened a vital rail link between Washington, DC and Baltimore in 1835. These two cities were located along the primary Underground Railroad route to Pennsylvania, a key destination as the southernmost northern state where slavery was outlawed.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS | $100,000+ 
The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. *

BRONZE SPONSORS | $25,000 – $49,999 
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Norfolk Southern

The Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore Heritage
The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
The Maryland Historical Trust
Preservation Maryland

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More upcoming events at the B&O

The Underground Railroad

Exhibition Open Sept. 24!

The Polar Express Train Ride

Nov. 25-27 & Dec. 2-4, 9-11 & 16-19

B&O Community Days

FREE Admission 3-8 PM on Sep. 29

The B&O Farmers Market Returns!

Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 PM through Sep. 29

Meet Daniel Tiger at the B&O!

Oct. 1, 9-11 AM – Free to the public

Tails on the Rails

Oct. 16

Sensory Sundays

Oct. 9

Bank of America Model Train Gallery

Now Open!


Knoxville, TN

We did the train ride and our guide on board was excellent (history/information for the parents).

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