Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baltimore, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

Baltimore Museum of Industry [ BMI ] collects, preserves, and interprets the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public, by presenting educational programs and exhibits that explore the stories of Maryland 's industries and the people who created and worked in them. We interpret Chesapeake Bay history by presenting artifacts like the ST Baltimore, exhibits on the port, programs like the Kids Cannery and countless other examples to tie the people and heritage to the industries that thrived in our region because of the Bay.

BMI was founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor's Office to preserve the City's rapidly disappearing industrial heritage. In 1981, BMI moved into the historic Platt Oyster Cannery building on Baltimore 's Inner Harbor South. Over its 25 year history, BMI has grown into a six acre campus that serves over 160,000 visitors each year. The museum campus has now includes the Hercules Education Building, a pavilion for outdoor events, the Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies and the Downtown Sailing Center, a nonprofit organization that rents space on our campus. Today the museum campus is highly utilized by local and regional residents as a recreational outlet in the heart of Baltimore City.

Location / Directions:

By Car

From North:
I-83 south to Lombard Street. West on Lombard. Left on Light Street. Continue south past Inner Harbor. Left on Key Highway. The Museum is .75 miles from the intersection. It is a green brick building with a red shipyard crane on the left side of the street - 1415 Key Highway.

From West and South:
Take I-95 north from Baltimore Beltway (695). Take Key Highway exit 55. Turn at light, go under overpass, turn left on Key Highway . Museum is on your right.

From East:
Take I-95 south through Fort McHenry Tunnel. Take first exit 55, Key Highway. Turn right at light, left onto Key Highway. Museum is on your right.


The No. 1 Bus:
Stops along Fort Avenue, one block south of the Museum.

Address: Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 727-4808

A few examples of the services BMI offers include:

Exhibits preserve and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of our region and explore the stories of Maryland 's industries and the people who worked in them. Our exhibits document diverse industries including well-known manufacturers like McCormick & Co. Spices and Black & Decker to small print shops and neon sign manufacturers.

Educational tours and programs offer a hands-on look at Maryland 's past, present and future innovations to over 80,000 students in grades K-12 each year. Our hands-on programs and outreach initiatives, interactive tours and exhibits offer students a broad range of opportunities designed to:

  • Enhance classroom learning goals and core knowledge;
  • Meet statewide performance goals;
  • Present multiple interactive learning experiences; and
  • Inspire future leaders of tomorrow in Math, Technology and the Social Sciences

Public programs offer an up-close and in-depth look at Maryland 's industrial heritage. A few examples of our public programs include our Baltimore Conversations series, an interactive speakers' series, that shares some of the amazing stories of Marylanders at work and at play that we've encountered over our 25 year history to capture the essence of our legacy as an industrial city and to learn more about its future. Recent topics of discussion range from the art of A. Aubrey Bodine and the works of H.L. Menken to Baltimore's brewing industry and the stories that made Baltimore presented by renowned journalist and radio commentator Gil Sandler.

Group tours and programs are available to serve an array of audiences. Our scout programs help scouts earn badges through interactive programs that provide lessons in history, sewing, science and engineering. Other offerings include specialized senior tours, adult tours and focus tours (available upon request).

Family programs and events help families explore the Museum and learn about Maryland 's industrial history through engaging, interactive activities. Each weekend BMI offers drop-in activities for families as well as monthly programs like Wee Workers , a program for 2-5 year olds and their caretakers that includes a story, a craft and a gallery tour.

Maryland Engineering Challenges are a series of competitions for students in grades 1-12 (offered free of charge) that introduce young people to the role of the engineer in today's society through design, engineering and problem-solving activities. The Challenges engage over 3,000 participants and observers each year.

Teacher Days provide educators with free resources, sample lesson plans and suggestions to help teachers to incorporate a Museum visit into classroom curriculum.

Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies provides leadership and support to local education agencies, educators, and community organizations in the development of a competent, well-educated and certified Career & Technology Education teachers and administrators. Credit and certification are offered in partnership with the University of Maryland , Eastern Shore .

Museum events promote our mission and reach out to new groups of visitors. One annual event, the William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Awards luncheon, honors an outstanding member of the Maryland business community each year. Another event, 4 th of July at BMI, allows families to enjoy one of the best views of Baltimore 's fireworks display while they learn and play on BMI's campus. We also offer free events like our annual open house, Free For All , to introduce community members to the museum.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: Open to the public every Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Fees: Adults $5.00; Children Under Four and Members are admitted for free. Memberships for a Single Adult are $35, Single Seniors are $25; Households are $55.
Visitor Facilities:

BMI 's Inner Harbor South campus is located on Key Highway , a part of the National Historic Seaport scenic byway. The BMI campus, which is the southern terminus of the Baltimore Harborwalk, includes dozens of intriguing Chesapeake-related resources and artifacts.

BMI 's campus includes two historic buildings, the (c.1870) Platt Oyster Cannery building which houses the museum and the Hercules Shipyard building. Both buildings are survivors from an era when Baltimore 's Inner Harbor was lined with canneries and shipyards. The main floor of the museum building contains over a dozen exhibits, a gift shop, two sets of public restrooms, water coolers, a lunchroom, several rooms reserved for education and public programs, a coat room, a 30-seat movie theater, a 80-seat theater for performances and lectures, a catering area and the Decker Gallery, the museums main gallery that boasts a window wall facing the Harbor. Visitors can walk into exhibits of old Baltimore stores, hear the roar of our machine shop or the buzz of our print shop and learn about the people and ideas that have made Baltimore such an industrious city and one of the dominant economic engines of the region, The second floor of the museum building contains administrative offices and our archives which boasts over 100,000 artifacts. The Hercules building holds more administrative offices, two meeting spaces, restrooms and several computer labs. Visitors can make local or emergency calls at BMI 's front desk upon request. A free on-site parking lot is available to all museum visitors.

Our outdoor campus contains a pavilion and picnic tables that overlook Baltimore 's Inner Harbor which is available for public use when not reserved by a private party. Our outdoor campus Working Point, a large sculpture made of industrial materials. The museum displays a number of important artifacts outdoors including; the towering crane from the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard which straddles one of the entrance gates to the parking lot, the Steam Tug Baltimore (a National Historic Landmark) moored to the museum's dock, the wreck of the Governor McLean, a 19 th century ship involved in the Oyster Wars and the cupola saved from the old Sweetheart Cup building which sits in the museum's waterfront patio adjacent to the Harbor Walk promenade.

Accessibility: All BMI exhibits comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The museum offers handicapped accessible ramps both inside and outside of the museum. A wheel chair is available for visitors to use while touring the museum upon request. Handicapped guests to the Hercules Education Building, which houses some of BMI's administrative offices, its computer labs and the Liberty Room conference space, can use an elevator to reach all floors of the building. Our outdoor campus is linked through brick walkways to provide handicapped visitors with easy access to our pavilion. Several parking spaces are reserved for our handicapped guests.

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