Take a train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in the country at B&O Railroad Museum. Built at the site of the oldest railroad station in the U.S., this museum traces the development of trains and displays an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad, and a working replica of the very first locomotive. Explore a historical roundhouse, observe what's happening in the engine shop, and wander through the gift shop to find souvenirs. With plenty of ramps throughout, the museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. There is a play area for children as well as a snack bar. Train ride tickets for a short 20-mile ride are available for purchase on-site at the museum on a first come, first served basis. Take the guesswork out of planning a Baltimore vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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B&O Railroad Museum reviews
We had hoped to do this a few years ago, but waited until after he pandemic hoping to give out 5 year old a memorable experience. He was so excited and told all his friends at school that he was...
We had hoped to do this a few years ago, but waited until after he pandemic hoping to give out 5 year old a memorable experience. He was so excited and told all his friends at school that he was... more »
What an amazing facility! My wife, who is not a train person, was skeptical about going. However, once we got there and saw the amazing historical items and trains, she even came around and ended up..... more
What an amazing facility! My wife, who is not a train person, was skeptical about going. However, once we got there and saw the amazing historical items and trains, she even came around and ended up..... more »
Interesting trip through history by reading and seeing how important the railroad was in our country. The museum staff and volunteers have put so much care into preserving history. Top notch railroad.... more
Interesting trip through history by reading and seeing how important the railroad was in our country. The museum staff and volunteers have put so much care into preserving history. Top notch railroad.... more »
It was interesting with a tour guide. No coat for this. Several retired guys happy to tell you about it. I am not a train collector, but I like history and machinery. Lots of displays. Several things you can get in. Kids would really enjoy. Teenagers are 50/50. Recommend by someone that had 2 teens and they really enjoyed it. It is very close to the baseball and football stadium. Safe & free parking inside the gate. Discounts for teens, kids and seniors. Would have liked a few more videos or audio.
Highly recommended for families with small children. I took my two toddlers and they enjoyed themselves. While there were many displays that were off limits, I appreciated the inclusion of trains that we could enter and view. The small reading/train set nook for toddlers and young kids is a nice addition. There is also a small playground outside where kids can burn off energy. There's also a replica train set of the Maryland train system but it wasn't running when we visited. I was probably more disappointed than the kids, though! The 20-minute train ride wasn't the most exciting, but it's a memorable experience for the little ones. The differences between "first class" and "coach" are negligible - if you're looking to save, go with coach. In all, this is a great museum and learning experience for the entire family. It'll take about an hour to 1.5 hours to take it all in. Enjoy!
All the kids love the scale model city with working trains and I have to admit we loved it too. Finding all the details were fun and kept my toddler transfixed for 20 mins (which is a long time). There’s a small trains set as well as a small play area outside for kids. The old trains are pretty cool to see and walking through them transported us back to those days and even though some of the trains were musty, it added to the authenticity of how old they were. Staff were helpful and the cafe is small but has hot dogs, snacks and pretzels and lots of drink options. Randomly they have an old jug with a deer park water label that made me Google how long they’ve been around… Also there’s plenty of parking.
It's definitely a place for kids. The history of it all is for the parents. The reason I give it four stars is because the train ride isn't worth it. The price nor the ride itself. The ride is very short and because it's located in Baltimore, it's nothing awe-inspiring. Other than that, it's a great museum, even let's u walk through a train or two. I didn't go to the Cafe so I don't know what they serve. 4 stars definitely.
Lots of fun for kids! We came here with my young kids and my in laws. The historical information was interesting for the older family members, and there was plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied. They had several wooden table trains to play with, books to read, outdoor playground and model train with buttons to push. The staff were all friendly and helpful! The museum is clean and well maintained, and was nicely decorated for the holidays. I would give another star but the price is a little steep, I think the train ride should at least be included.
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