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“Beautiful architecture” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490
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Ranked #12 of 133 Attractions in Baltimore
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Located at the site of the oldest railroad station in America, this museum traces the development of trains and features a huge collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad and an operating replica of the very first locomotive, The Tom Thumb, which was built here.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
New Jersey
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“Beautiful architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

My son really enjoyed seeing the museum. He was all smiles when he came home. Nice visit.

Visited February 2012
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“This is an awesome train museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

You always find something new. Very interesting for old and young! Beautiful facility.

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Davidsonville, MD
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“Train lovers delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

The round house is rebuilt and the engines well displayed and restored with lots of placards telling the history. Take the train trip, no matter what your age. Good history info is given and the scenery interesting. Been there many times with my train luvin hubby and I enjoy it each time.

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New York City, New York
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“Great Indoor Attraction on a Cold Winter Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We took 3 1/2 year old grandchild for a visit and it was hard to tell who was more fascinated and entertained - the toddler or her grand dad. After conveniently parking the car in the free lot, you enter through a front hall with a Disney-worthy "talking head" explaining some railroad history - struggle past a souvenir penny punching machine and into the exhibit of models of trains from the earliest inventions to the modern designs.

Then you pass through an exhibit explaining how the railroads were related to the Civil War, a room full of clocks with an explanation of how railroad expansion led to the convention of "standard time" zones, and a recreation of the first telegram. Very interesting to the 60 something history buff - not so much for the toddler.

But little did we know what lay beyond the next door. We stepped into the Round House building and all of our mouths dropped open. Its breath taking and you just have to stop and gape. The huge space is filled with trains and other historical rail-traveling devices surrounding the wooden floor where trains were turned around to head in the opposite direction on their journeys. Overhead is a new cantilevered roof replacing one which collapsed inward in a snow storm several years ago. American flags circle the ceiling and it is truly awe inspiring - even before your eyes drop to the trains.

Several of the trains allow access inside with explanations/mini exhibits like how mail was moved or the impact of the trains on the communities they passed through. Others just command close inspection from the outside. Tucked away in one area is a kid zone with a mini train station where they can be a conductor or mechanic. There are also two large carpeted play areas filled with Duplo Train sets and Duplo building blocks and tables. Although it wasn't really crowded for our visit - this area was a kid magnet and there were plenty of toys to go around.

In between Duplo sessions, toddler and grandpa enjoyed cruising around inspecting the amazing train cars. In another corner, there is a wonderful child sized carousel. It was too cold to spend much time outside, but next to the parking lot there's a collection of more modern trains and in warmer weather, brief train rides are offered.

This place was a hit for young and old. We were ready to head to dinner after a two hour visit, but toddler has already asked to return and grandpa is more than willing to oblige.

Visited February 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

If you love the history of mass transit and locomotives then you'll like this place. One of the interesting that I found here was how mail was sorted and delivered by the trains! It's an upgraded Pony Express! :-)

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