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Indoor Fun: Museums — Maryland

Schools from all over the world travel to this area to see the museums that are located practically in your back yard. Whether centered on art, history, science, or social studies, there is a museum that will appeal to everyone at any age. Engage in hands-on activities, join a guided tour, watch a film, stimulate your curiosity, and learn something new all while spending quality time with the family and having fun!

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B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223 (Map it)
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | (410) 752-2490
Admission: Fee-based

See, touch, hear, and explore the oldest and most historic American Railroad collection at the Baltimore campus of the B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) Railroad Museum. Known as the birthplace of the American railroad, the museum features both full-size locomotives and model replicas. Visitors can explore inside locomotives and train cars, view historic railroad artifacts, and even enjoy a 20-minute, round-trip train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America! For the younger crowd, there is Choo Choo Blueville, a fictional town personalized by the B&O Railroad Museum’s new mascot Choo Choo Blue. This beautifully-landscaped structure with running water measures 4,700 square feet in diameter, displays 12 miniature buildings, and offers children a sound-scaped, three-minute kiddie train.

B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station
2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043 (Map it)
Connect: OnlineFacebookTwitter | (410) 461-1945
Admission: Fee-based

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America and was the original terminus of the first 13-miles of commercial railroad in the country. The site features the main depot building, constructed in 1830-31, the freight house built in 1885, a replica of the first horse-drawn passenger rail car, the Pioneer, and a 1927 “I-5” Caboose. Housed in the freight house is a 40-foot, HO-gauge model train layout showing the original thirteen miles of commercial rail track stretching from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. The operating layout features an introductory video and light show. Living historians tell the story of the development of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the nation’s first common carrier railroad, and its impact on Ellicott City between 1827 and 1868. Please note that there are no train rides at Ellicott City Station.

Be With Me: The Children’s Playseum
7000 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (301) 807-8028
Admission: Fee-based

The Children’s Playseum is a children’s used bookstore that provides a unique learning experience for children of all ages. Books and activities are categorized into CityShop rooms, such as the bakery, the dress-up room, restaurants, grandmas, shopping, farm, pet store, circus, and more. With 12 themed CityShops, there is unending fun for one low admission price! The Playseum also offers birthday party packages that allow children to explore the CityShops with their friends, read during a themed story time, and have a birthday celebration in the bakery. Visit The Playseum’s website for special hours and membership opportunities.

Brunswick Heritage Museum
40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD 21716
Connect: OnlineFacebook | (301) 834-7100
Admission: Fee-based

The Brunswick Heritage Museum can be seen as two museums in one. On one floor, the Museum’s exhibits tell the story of a town built by the B&O railroad at the turn of the 20th century and the people who lived here. Recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece, complemented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900’s. On another floor, you can see a 1,700-square-foot HO-Scale model railroad depicting the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision, beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward all the way to Union Station in Washington, DC.

Chesapeake Children’s Museum
25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403
Connect: Online | Facebook | (410) 990-1993
Admission: Fee-based

Helping kids get closer to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland history, the Chesapeake Children’s Museum is a great stop for fun and learning. Live animals, a docked boat, theatrical costumes, nature trails, and Underground Railroad trails are just some of the activities to keep your child busy while they learn about the local environment. They keep the calendar full with special events and weekly activities, such as story time. Admission is $5 for ages 1 and up, and hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20771
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | (301) 286-8981
Admission: Free

Activities, exhibits, and events at NASA Goddard Visitor Center provide inspiring and captivating educational experiences for all ages. Learn about climate change and tracking satellites, explore the mysteries of black holes, participate in the monthly rocket launch, and watch children transform into astronauts as they try on a kid-sized space suit. Have you ever watched a show on a 3D sphere with a 6-foot diameter? Check out Science on a Sphere, as well as the Goddard Rocket Garden, which features a unique collection of actual space flight hardware and artifacts.

Hagerstown Aviation Museum
14235 Oak Springs Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21742
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (301) 733-8717
Admission: Free; however donations are accepted

See a 1953 Fairchild C-119, explore a North American AT6G Texan, or walk through a Kreider Reisner KR-31 at the Hagerstown Aviation Museum! This all-volunteer, non-profit corporation offers visitors a glimpse into more than 90 years of amazing history and is dedicated to preserving and sharing the aviation history of Hagerstown, MD and surrounding areas. The museum is currently only open to the public during museum events, so please visit their website for a chance to get up-close to a priceless aircraft.

Kids International Discovery Museum
6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817
Connect: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | (301) 897-5437
Admission: Fee-based

Kids International Discovery Museum at Davis Library in Bethesda, MD offers fun, interactive programs for elementary- and middle school-aged children. Featuring hands-on experiences that highlight science, technology, culture, engineering, art, and math, the Kids International Discovery Museum is a truly enjoyable educational experience!

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