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Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, Maryland

Phone: 410-727-4808 --

Statement of Purpose:

To preserve and present the industrial, maritime & labor heritage of the mid-Atlantic region.

To educate the public on the vital role of industy in the history, culture and urban fabric of this area, and promote an understanding on theimpact of technology on work & people.

The BMI is a unique community resource which preserve and collects objects, photographs and documents and creates interactive programs & exhibits that keep this industrial heritage alive for future generation. (From official Statement of Purpose)

Highlights & Collections:

Award-winning interactive history museum,located in an historic 1865 oyster cannery on Baltimore's Inner Harbor waterfront.

The BMI interprets the history of work, workers and technological innovation through unique, interactive working exhibits and formal & informal educational programs.

Guided tours of our recreated 19th & early 20th century workplaces (a cannery, garment factory, machine shop, drugstore, print shop, etc.). All worksetting exhibits include hands-on activities for visitors such as running a printing press or sewing machine. Restored historic airplane, trucks and the Steam Tug Baltimore (a National Historic Landmark -- one of only two operating steam tugs in the US).

Special children's mini-factories, the Cannery and the Children's Motorworks, allow kids to become workers in a historic factory, learning about the world of work while making a product they take home with them. Special exhibits, public programs (including musical & theatrical presentations), festivals, workshops, antique car shows. Educational programs for grades 1-college. Trips to factories and area related museums; walking tours. Archives & research library. Waterfront picnic pavillion, park & conference center. Home of the Maryland Center for Career & Technology Education Studies. Voted "Baltimore's Best Hands-On Museum for Kids" by readers of Baltimore Magazine.

Machinery, workplace settings, products, worker artifacts (uniforms, union badges, etc.), photographs and business records relating to Maryland workplaces & industries, including printing, metalworking, shipbuilding, steelmaking, food processing, garment manufacture, cargo handling, auto and airplane manufacture, pharmaceuticals, communications, chemicals, office work, banking & finance and many others.

Includes collections relating to such Baltimore firms as Black & Decker, Noxema, Martin-Marietta, Bethlehem Steel, McCormick Spice, B&O Railroad, Kirk-Stieff Silver and others; and to unions such as the Baltimore Typographical Union, United Steel Workers, Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers.



Memorial Day to Labor Day: Labor Day to Memorial Day: Open every day for tours of groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. Call 410-727-4808,ext.112

Admission & Directions:

$3.50 for adults, $2.50 for students/seniors, children under 6 & members are free, family rate, $12. Discounts for groups of ten or more who make an advanced reservation. Additional charge for Children's Motorworks & Cannery.

From I-95: Take exit 55 (Key Highway) and follow signs for Inner Harbor. Museum is large green factory building on the waterfront side of Key Highway.

From Harborplace: go south on Light Street to Key Highway, turn left and come down less than a mile. Museum is large green factory building on the left. Drive through the large red shipyard crane to park in our free parking lot.



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Key Personnel:

Dennis Zembala, Ph. D., Executive Director

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