Laurel Historical Society

817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707 - United States



Free Everyday

The Laurel Museum, home of the Laurel Historical Society, explores the history of the 200-year old community. Built in the 1840s, the building originally housed four millworker families with separate basement kitchens. It opened as a museum in May 1996.

The Laurel Museum produces exhibits that change yearly. The museum also includes an interactive child-friendly area, museum shop, and research library. The Laurel Historical Society holds regular programs and special events.


The Laurel Museum’s newest exhibit - We the People: How Civic Engagement Has Shaped Laurel - is a both celebration of Laurel citizens’ community involvement and also a call to action. From saving the Laurel railroad station, to the fight for integration of schools, to defeating the proposed Redskin Stadium, the timely exhibit demonstrates how engaged average citizens have shaped and continue to shape the story of our town.

Visitors to exhibit will be asked, “When something is deeply important to you, what can you do to bring about change in your community?” Each section of the exhibit describes an issue of importance to the community.

Another attraction is located on the basement level, Diven’s Den is a hands-on history and STEM-inspired interactive area for children and families.

The Laurel Museum will be open Sunday, September 23, from 1-4 p.m.


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