Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 - United States
The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates the innovators, entrepreneurs, and workers who propelled this port city into the industrial age and beyond. From garment making to airplane manufacturing, food canning to video game design, visitors to the museum will discover how Baltimore’s pioneering spirit built the region’s manufacturing might and continues to shape Maryland today.
Located in an 1860s oyster cannery on a five-acre waterfront campus, the Baltimore Museum of Industry offers dynamic indoor and outdoor exhibitions, live demonstrations, engaging tours, and hands-on activities for guests of all ages. There is FREE onsite parking for visitors.
Galleries celebrating the legacies of the garment industry, print, food processing, communications and more invite visitors of all ages to engage in hands-on learning, audio tours, and free guided tours. On Saturdays, the museum galleries come to life as museum teachers and volunteers provide live demonstrations of belt-driven lathes, a forge, and a working Linotype machine. Touch boxes full of items help even the youngest visitors to learn through hands-on exploration.
Additionally, there are current exhibitions that shouldn't be missed including:
Fire & Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel, tells the story of Baltimore’s Sparrows Point steel mill, once the world’s largest producer of the world’s most important product. The mill’s well-paying union jobs supported countless Baltimoreans and nourished close-knit communities. And then it was gone. When the company went bankrupt in 2002, thousands of retirees saw their pensions cut and their healthcare benefits stripped away. When the mill shut for good in 2012, thousands more lost their jobs. Today, as economic activity returns to Sparrows Point, the former Bethlehem Steel site stands as a symbol of Baltimore’s industrial past and the possible birth of a new economy. On view now, Fire & Shadow includes vivid photographs, moving first-person narratives, original artifacts, and an opportunity to explore Bethlehem Steel objects in three dimensions through augmented reality
Fueling the Automobile Age
Explores how two local oil companies helped fuel America’s automobile age – consider what technologies and innovations will fuel the next transportation age. The exhibition explores America’s dependence on cars, growing from just 8,000 registered vehicles in 1900, to 26 million in 1930, to more than 270 million today. Plenty of hands-on opportunities for visitors are integrated into the gallery including a 1953 Packard sedan and envisioning what cars of the future will look like.
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