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“Fun & Interesting Destination”

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Ranked #8 of 230 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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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
South Orange, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Fun & Interesting Destination”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was a really fun & informative museum. Filled with history, trivia, & of course, lots of trains. The building itself is a fascinating lesson in how trainyards function. Great for the kids and adults alike.

Visited November 2012
Thank Jim D
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
445 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Pop in and don't miss it!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Very cool museum. So worth it - and the kids loved it and got a nice train ride also. Beautiful machines and many cars. The round house has a working manual turntable - and the building itself is gorgeous. Really worth the trip.

Visited October 2013
Thank Tasmandevil
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

There were trains you could look at and trains you could go on and there was a museum part you could type morse code and it was in a circle building which was awesome.

Visited August 2013
Thank Justin B
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New York
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Outstanding collection”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We visited this museum with our young kids and it is fantastic. There is enough to do to keep a young child engaged for hours. It is also very fascinating for adults as well. They had a collection of engines in the rotunda. I am sure it is there somewhere but it would have been nice if there was some more prominent signage explaining the significance of the engines.

We took the short ride on the railroad which was nice, but nothing too different than riding on a slow Amtrak train.

There is an exhibit of toy sized trains indoors which we did not have time to visit but the collection looked extensive. There is also a model train set up outside which we did not see until the end of our visit.

Overall, a very nice place.

One note: ask them to call a cab for you if you did not drive.

Visited September 2013
Thank KCNY2000
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Southern NJ
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591 reviews
192 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
“Fascinating Look at Railroad History”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We had plans to visit another museum in Baltimore but wound up at the B and O Railroad Museum because it opened earlier. We were so glad we did! Admission with the train ride is rather pricey, but certainly there was plenty to see in the museum itself, both inside and out. And they do try to make the train entry experience as if one were going on an actual train ride.

Many enthusiastic volunteers add to the overall experience.

The miniature train outside was very cute and attracted families. Inside, there were interactive activities for the children.

We got a real sense of the history of the locomotive as well as the opportunity to check out various types of cars. We did not realize that at the advent of the Civil War, trains were a relatively new technology and a technology that totally altered the way the war was fought.

There is a place to get food on site, but frankly, the smell of grease totally turned us off, and there was nothing healthy at all on the menu.

The site has free parking.

All in all, we really enjoyed the B and O Museum.

Visited July 2013
Thank GreenUnicorn
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