Brunswick Heritage Museum

Brunswick Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Potomac Street in the heart of historic Brunswick, Maryland, the Brunswick Heritage Museum preserves this community’s railroad heritage through dynamic presentations for railroad fans and history lovers of all ages.

For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorperated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile railyard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! The B

For over 30 years, the Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorperated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile railyard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000! The B

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10/04/2021

Thanks to everyone who assisted in making Brunswick Railroad Days 2021 a success!

We are looking forward to seeing you during Brunswick Railroad Days!  In addition to the events on the City poster, the ...
09/27/2021

We are looking forward to seeing you during Brunswick Railroad Days! In addition to the events on the City poster, the Museum will be open for FREE both days!!! Come see the large model train layout, local history, the Museum store, and much more.

We are looking forward to seeing you during Brunswick Railroad Days! In addition to the events on the City poster, the Museum will be open for FREE both days!!! Come see the large model train layout, local history, the Museum store, and much more.

To prepare for Brunswick Railroad Days, the upper floors of the Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed this weekend.  ...
09/23/2021

To prepare for Brunswick Railroad Days, the upper floors of the Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed this weekend. Volunteers will be prepping, maintaining equipment, and cleaning in anticipation of your visit during Brunswick Railroad Days 2021. The Museum store will be open this weekend. The upper floors will be open for Railroad Days at 10 am - 5pm on October 2nd and 3rd.

To prepare for Brunswick Railroad Days, the upper floors of the Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed this weekend. Volunteers will be prepping, maintaining equipment, and cleaning in anticipation of your visit during Brunswick Railroad Days 2021. The Museum store will be open this weekend. The upper floors will be open for Railroad Days at 10 am - 5pm on October 2nd and 3rd.

09/10/2021

Good Morning.

We now have 6 spaces remaining for this event. RSVP soon as this event will sell out.

It's been a while and our spirit friends are looking to connect. We have 15 spaces open for an investigation Saturday evening, September 11th. Email [email protected] to reserve your tickets at $15.00 each.

Join us for an evening of stories not told by the living. Using state of the art equipment, YOU will investigate the building that has shared so many stories before. Tickets for this historic and active location are just $15!!! Spots can be reserved by email at [email protected]

09/06/2021

Good Morning.

We now have 13 spaces remaining for this event. RSVP soon as this event will sell out.

It's been a while and our spirit friends are looking to connect. We have 15 spaces open for an investigation Saturday evening, September 11th. Email [email protected] to reserve your tickets at $15.00 each.

Join us for an evening of stories not told by the living. Using state of the art equipment, YOU will investigate the building that has shared so many stories before. Tickets for this historic and active location are just $15!!! Spots can be reserved by email at [email protected]

09/06/2021

It's been a while and our spirit friends are looking to connect. We have 15 spaces open for an investigation Saturday evening, September 11th. Email [email protected] to reserve your tickets at $15.00 each.

Join us for an evening of stories not told by the living. Using state of the art equipment, YOU will investigate the building that has shared so many stories before. Tickets for this historic and active location are just $15!!! Spots can be reserved by email at [email protected]

Museum Receives Donation of Rare C&O Canal Photo      On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Brunswick Heritage Museum welcomed a ...
07/16/2021

Museum Receives Donation of Rare C&O Canal Photo

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Brunswick Heritage Museum welcomed a donation of a rare ca.1917 image of the C&O Canal in Brunswick. Donated by Dr. Thomas Dilamarter of East Aurora, New York, in memory of his aunt, Judith Patricia Ellenburg, the image was discovered in a larger collection of glass slides of the B&O Railroad and shows a view of the C&O Canal looking down from the bridge onto the Lock 30 area. The framed photo is currently the focal point of the Museum’s special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and will become a part of the Museum’s permanent displayed collection. The special Canal exhibit is on display through December 2021. The Museum is open Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free, and donations are welcome.

Pictured here is Dr. Dilamarter (left) presenting a rare photo to Museum President James R. Castle (Right).

Museum Receives Donation of Rare C&O Canal Photo

On Friday, July 2, 2021, the Brunswick Heritage Museum welcomed a donation of a rare ca.1917 image of the C&O Canal in Brunswick. Donated by Dr. Thomas Dilamarter of East Aurora, New York, in memory of his aunt, Judith Patricia Ellenburg, the image was discovered in a larger collection of glass slides of the B&O Railroad and shows a view of the C&O Canal looking down from the bridge onto the Lock 30 area. The framed photo is currently the focal point of the Museum’s special exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and will become a part of the Museum’s permanent displayed collection. The special Canal exhibit is on display through December 2021. The Museum is open Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4. Admission is always free, and donations are welcome.

Pictured here is Dr. Dilamarter (left) presenting a rare photo to Museum President James R. Castle (Right).

Today is the day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal NHP.  We will be open 10-5.  Much work went into a s...
07/03/2021

Today is the day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal NHP. We will be open 10-5. Much work went into a special exhibit that you must check out. The museum store is fully stocked and there will be live music beginning at 11:00. A walking tour of the canal will begin at 1:00 and our model trains will be in operation. There will also be food, beer, and exhibitors in downtown. Fireworks later tonight.

Get out and enjoy this day and we hope to see you!

Please visit us while we celebrate on July 3rd! The Museum will be offering a special C&O Canal exhibit as well as highlighting a never before seen photo that was just donated to us. There will be music, a downtown street fest, business specials and so much more. The Museum, like always, offers free admission but all donations are thankfully accepted.

Please visit us while we celebrate on July 3rd! The Museum will be offering a special C&O Canal exhibit as well as highl...
06/11/2021

Please visit us while we celebrate on July 3rd! The Museum will be offering a special C&O Canal exhibit as well as highlighting a never before seen photo that was just donated to us. There will be music, a downtown street fest, business specials and so much more. The Museum, like always, offers free admission but all donations are thankfully accepted.

Please visit us while we celebrate on July 3rd! The Museum will be offering a special C&O Canal exhibit as well as highlighting a never before seen photo that was just donated to us. There will be music, a downtown street fest, business specials and so much more. The Museum, like always, offers free admission but all donations are thankfully accepted.

04/03/2021

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed Easter Sunday. Thanks and see you soon.

Today is opening day for the Brunswick Heritage Museum!Our volunteers were hard at work on the following tasks this wint...
03/13/2021

Today is opening day for the Brunswick Heritage Museum!

Our volunteers were hard at work on the following tasks this winter:

1. Signal upgrades on the Third Floor Model
2. Progress on Harpers Ferry on the Model
3. A complete cleaning of the third floor
4. Working with professional conservators on our collection on the second floor (thanks to an IMLS grant!)
5. Scanning about 1,000 photos in the Museum archives (thanks Tuscarora Sophmore Will Roelky)
6. Painting the main floor hall way for a new exhibit on the first floor (thanks Friends of Historic Brunswick).
7. Behind the scenes work on the facade project (project 2020) which is ready for bidding!

We are now open Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4. As more of our volunteers are vaccinated, we hope to expand our hours.

Speaking of that nasty COVID-19, we are still practicing social distancing and require all visitors to wear masks.

We hope to see you soon and we hope we can count on your support this year!

Board of Directors
Brunswick Heritage Museum

Patsy Cline-Local Hometown Girl - Frederick Magazine | The community news source for the Brunswick, Maryland area
03/06/2021
Patsy Cline-Local Hometown Girl - Frederick Magazine | The community news source for the Brunswick, Maryland area

Patsy Cline-Local Hometown Girl - Frederick Magazine | The community news source for the Brunswick, Maryland area

From Brunswick Main Street In the most recent issue of @frederickmag they featured this article about singing sensation Patsy Cline. Many of you might not know, but Miss Patsy Cline first took the stage at the Brunswick Moose Lodge. It was here, in Brunswick, that she met her husband Gerald and ...

02/27/2021

Volunteers at the Museum have been hard at work with Winter maintenance. The weather however, has not been cooperative. The Museum planned to open next weekend but we need to push that back to March 13th. We look forward to seeing folks again soon.

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02/16/2021
In Memory of P286 | The community news source for the Brunswick, Maryland area

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In Memory of P286 By: Kelly White In memory of those who lost their lives aboard MARC Train P286 on February 16, 1996, on the 25th anniversary of the accident. Near the Brunswick train station, in the grassy area between the station entrance and the caboose, sits an unassuming set of three monum ...

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12/27/2020

We will be closed until March. The Museum has great plans for 2021, and while 2020 was not all that bad to us, it certainly has taken a toll on our volunteers. Now we rest up and get ready for a huge year starting in the Spring. We thank all of you for your continued support.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturday, December 26th. We will reopen on Sunday, December 27th from 1:...
12/21/2020

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturday, December 26th. We will reopen on Sunday, December 27th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Sunday will be our last day open until March.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed on Saturday, December 26th. We will reopen on Sunday, December 27th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Sunday will be our last day open until March.

12/07/2020
The Brunswick Heritage Museum thanks Carsie Mitchell for donating his Halloween Decoration Contest winnings to the Museu...
11/22/2020

The Brunswick Heritage Museum thanks Carsie Mitchell for donating his Halloween Decoration Contest winnings to the Museum. The $100 donation will go towards the Museum's Project 2020 Facade renovation project.

Thanks Carsie!

The Brunswick Heritage Museum thanks Carsie Mitchell for donating his Halloween Decoration Contest winnings to the Museum. The $100 donation will go towards the Museum's Project 2020 Facade renovation project.

Thanks Carsie!

11/20/2020

We are open 10-4 this Saturday and 1-4 Sunday. We are in full compliance of all current executive orders and we ask for your cooperation to stay in compliance.
Masks are mandatory for all visitors 5 years old and older. This is and has been strictly enforced. At no time will more than 25 visitors be in the museum at one time. If the door is locked, then we have reached capacity. As visitors leave, the same amount of visitors may enter. Signage has been posted to help everyone comply with the rules.
Hand sanitizer has been placed on all three floors and the building is cleaned during the day and after every shift. The building receives a deep cleaning once every two weeks (double the amount pre-covid). Sneeze guards are placed at the front desk and the third floor to protect our volunteers (and our visitors). Please stay in front of these areas.
Thank you.
Brunswick Potomac Foundation

11/14/2020

We are open 10-4 today and 1-4 tomorrow. We are in full compliance of all current executive orders and we ask for your cooperation to stay in compliance.

Masks are mandatory for all visitors 5 years old and older. This is and has been strictly enforced. At no time will more than 25 visitors be in the museum at one time. If the door is locked, then we have reached capacity. As visitors leave, the same amount of visitors may enter. Signage has been posted to help everyone comply with the rules.

Hand sanitizer has been placed on all three floors and the building is cleaned during the day and after every shift. The building receives a deep cleaning once every two weeks (double the amount pre-covid). Sneeze guards are placed at the front desk and the third floor to protect our volunteers (and our visitors). Please stay in front of these areas.

Thank you.
Brunswick Potomac Foundation

11/08/2020

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is closed today. Enjoy the parade.

10/11/2020
Younkins HD 1080p

As stated earlier, we thank John Younkins for the donation of the Marvin E. Younkins films. These films in their entirety can be found at the link. Enjoy this journey back in time.

https://youtu.be/TmGsgTVr5I4

The Brunswick Heritage Museum received a great donation of Films from John Younkins. The films were recorded by his fath...
10/09/2020
Commentary on Marvin E. Younkins Films

The Brunswick Heritage Museum received a great donation of Films from John Younkins. The films were recorded by his father, Marvin E. Younkinns. The films show great small town life here in Brunswick during the 1930's, 40's, and 50's. To celebrate the donation, the museum created a video with commentary to highlight some of the films. Check out the video here:
https://youtu.be/OQjCLCxSb0o

Enjoy this commentary on the Marvin E. Younkins Films

We hope you take a moment to watch this video to learn the history of Brunswick's B&O RR Caboose C-1926. This video is a...
10/06/2020
Caboose 1926

We hope you take a moment to watch this video to learn the history of Brunswick's B&O RR Caboose C-1926. This video is a collaborative effort between the Museum and the Friends of Historic Brunswick.

https://youtu.be/2FlzRp2I2t0

10/05/2020
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We hope you take a moment and check out this video about the Brunswick Train Station produced by the Museum and the Friends of Historic Brunswick.

https://youtu.be/3wPj8UrNWsY

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Thank you for viewing our videos today. Here is a peek at the lineup for tomorrow.
10/03/2020

Thank you for viewing our videos today. Here is a peek at the lineup for tomorrow.

We hope you visit our website, www.brunswickmuseum.org this weekend. Here is a peek at Saturday's lineup.
10/02/2020

We hope you visit our website, www.brunswickmuseum.org this weekend. Here is a peek at Saturday's lineup.

The Brunswick Heritage Museum Announces Program ForBrunswick Railroad Days 2020: Brunswick StrongThe Brunswick Heritage ...
09/21/2020

The Brunswick Heritage Museum Announces Program For
Brunswick Railroad Days 2020: Brunswick Strong

The Brunswick Heritage Museum has partnered with the Friends of Historic Brunswick to create educational programing to be delivered during the virtual Brunswick Railroad Days 2020:Brunswick Strong.

Please note that the Brunswick Heritage Museum will be closed to visitors the first weekend in October. Instead, the Museum is happy to offer the release of the following new educational videos during the weekend:

Saturday, October 3rd:
10:00 AM
Brunswick’s Caboose C-1926

Noon
Brunswick’s Historic Train Station

2:00 PM
Brunswick's WB Tower

Sunday, October 4th
10:00 AM
Special Expanded Version of Brunswick History 101 Collection

Noon
Special Video Release From the Brunswick Heritage Museum

2:00 PM
Release of the Marvin E. Younkins Films

All videos can be viewed by visiting the Brunswick Heritage Museum’s Website at www.brunswickmuseum.org

For more information on the Friends of Historic Brunswick visit their website at www.fohbmd.org

Prior to last weekend, the Museum:Was closed over 400 hoursDid not earn $4,000 in Store Sales Did not collect $260 in St...
09/16/2020

Prior to last weekend, the Museum:
Was closed over 400 hours
Did not earn $4,000 in Store Sales
Did not collect $260 in State sales tax based on lost store sales
Missed $2,500 of your donation box dollars
Did not earn $2,000 from tours and special events
Did not see over 3,000 adult vistors
Did not see over 854 of our young visitors

We are glad to be back and we are looking forward to seeing you.

We will be open this weekend. 10-4 on Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday.

We are back!  Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4 for the rest of September.
09/12/2020

We are back! Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 1-4 for the rest of September.

We congratulate our Museum President, James R. Castle on receiving the Harrision Volunteer Award as one of Preservation ...
08/26/2020
Best of Maryland Awards Announcement: Celebrating the Best of Maryland's History and Heritage in 2020 - Preservation Maryland

We congratulate our Museum President, James R. Castle on receiving the Harrision Volunteer Award as one of Preservation Maryland's Best of Maryland Awards for 2020.

In these difficult times, Preservation Maryland is honored to shine a spotlight on the ceaseless work of our Best of Maryland Award winners – volunteers, architects, artisans, and legislators doing the essential work of protecting the places that make Maryland such a special place to live, work, e...

08/12/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Set to Re-Open in September

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce it will re-open starting Saturday, September 12th.

The Museum will be open ONLY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAYS during this phase. Hours of operations on Saturday will be 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Hours on Sunday will be 1:00PM-4:00PM.

All visitors and volunteers will be required to wear a face covering. Hand sanitizing areas have been designated on each floor. The Museum will limit the number of visitors and enforce social distancing (6 feet apart). Enhanced cleaning protocols have been established.

We are will be happy to see you again and ask for your patience as we all adjust to a new way to operate.

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40 W Potomac St
Brunswick, MD
21716

General information

HOURS: Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm ADMISSION IS FREE but donations are gladly accepted.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

(301) 834-7100

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500th visitor Joe Walker won a whistle at this awesome museum. The young lady to the right of the picture. Had some great railroad family history. This was well worth this railroaders trip to brunswik MD.
Since 1900, the hobos have gathered in Britt, Iowa to elect their new King and Queen. Bookworm Bonnie is the International Queen of the Hobos, (2013-14). Her lively presentation will include: • A description of the hobo life - including a historical perspective. • Secret hobo signs. • The significance of obo ames, with a special “Dubbing Ceremony” for anyone who wishes to earn a hobo name… • The difference between a Hobo, Bum, and Tramp… • Hobo art including: quilts, jewelry, embroidery and more… There will be a display of pictures, handouts, and time for Q & A. Joining Bookworm Bonnie will be her husband, “Cannonball” Paul”, America’s premier Railroad/Hobo Musician. He performs on vintage instruments favored by hobos: the banjolele and harmonica. The stories and songs reflect hobo culture, creed and code. This event is free and suitable for all ages. The American Hobo: A Misunderstood Historical Icon
Many thanks to the fine folks at the Brunswick Heritage Museum for hosting me this past Saturday afternoon!
Is the museum open this Sunday, Christmas Eve?
This turned up on my page. The fellow who posted it says he doesn't have the location. The background looks like it could be Brunswick, but other elements suggest somewhere else. Can anyone identify this?
Beginning this Friday. Don't miss it!