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“OK if you have nothing else to do or are really into trains”

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Ranked #10 of 244 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
Reviewed June 27, 2010

A large collection of locomotives and passenger cars from a variety of eras, mostly the 1800s. The roundhouse that displays most of the trains is spectacular to look at. Nothing much interactive. Just walk around and look. The museum is in a real sketchy area. If you go there, drive. Do not take the free "Charm City Cicrulator" bus.

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Reviewed May 3, 2010

Avoid this place when visiting Baltimore. I went to this museum with my 3 year old. First of all this is not a place to visit with small children. Staff was not helpful at all. They definitely need some training on how to deal with patrons and with children. Entrance fee is expensive and the staff was horrible. They acted like they did not know and did not care to answer any of our questions. I would only recommend this museum to people who actually have a background and interest on specific engines at the museum and do not need any interactive displays or guidance from the staff.

1  Thank calivea
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Reviewed December 30, 2009

I really liked this place, but it looks like they now charge for train rides that used to be included in the already steep admission price. Mind you, this is a train ride along a mile of track that goes through what can only be described as a Baltimore slum.

I like the B&O, I enjoy old engines as does my child. However, there was absolutely NO REASON for this. I see no mention of an "all day" train riding pass or anything even close. $2 for adults and $1 for children - for a mile of slum?

To charge for this 1 mile of absolutely lousy scenery is not only a rude surprise, but it smacks of a bit of greed, certainly not what one would expect of a "museum".

I'd still recommend it for the historic engines. Don't go here if the thought of riding the train is your main reason for going. If this is the case, it's simply not worth it as it was when it was INCLUDED. They've gone over the line in charging for the train rides.

2  Thank john_q_reviewer
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Reviewed October 23, 2009

This is a great museum !! After you pay, there is an inside museum with the most amazing model rail cars I have ever seen. Also clock and china displays. Really interesting history !! Then you go to "The Roundhouse" where there are many many old locomotives. You can go in to many of them. Outside there are train cars, like refrigerator car and dining car and mail car. Again really interesting history. There is a model railroad display that is so realistic. Really a fun educational museum.

2  Thank catmomrusty
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

The museum loses one point because of the train ride that they offer. It was a very short ride on a few MARC commuter cars & the section of Baltimore that you travel through is less than picturesque. Of course, the kids didn't seem to care, but I felt like it could have been so much more for the additional cost.
That said, overall the museum is a great place to see. We spent a few hours there and had a really nice time. They have 2 great model trains as well - one outside of the roundhouse, the other inside of a passenger car.
We also got the combo ticket and a few days later went to the B&O station in Ellicott City (a nice little walk through history).
Parking is free.
Dining (snack) options are very limited, so plan on eating elsewhere.

4  Thank comom08
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