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.
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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 BRRM can be seen as two museums in one. On the second 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 complimented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900’s. Upstairs on the third floor is our 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s railyard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. The model railroad comes alive with many new interactive elements installed during the renovation of the layout in 2007. We are proud to house the Brunswick Visitors Center for the National Park Service’s Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park. The history of the C&O canal is beautifully depicted in photographs and interactive elements. This area of the museum is free to the public.

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 BRRM can be seen as two museums in one. On the second 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 complimented by exhibits that recall the lives of the railroaders and their families in the early 1900’s. Upstairs on the third floor is our 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s railyard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. The model railroad comes alive with many new interactive elements installed during the renovation of the layout in 2007. We are proud to house the Brunswick Visitors Center for the National Park Service’s Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park. The history of the C&O canal is beautifully depicted in photographs and interactive elements. This area of the museum is free to the public.

Mission: Brunswick Heritage Museum tells the story of Brunswick, past to present, through dynamic presentations and programs, for history lovers and explorers of all ages.

Operating as usual

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.

08/08/2020

Museum Receives Grants and Loans to Aid Operational Costs During Pandemic

The Brunswick Heritage Museum has been closed since mid March due to the COVID-19-pandemic. The Museum faces great economic challenges as no income is being earned but bills are due for payment.

The Museum thanks the following entities for their financial assistance toward operational costs during the pandemic:

First, we thank the City of Brunswick for its ongoing annual financial support. These funds reimburse the Museum to cover elevator loan payments to the State of Maryland.

Brunswick Main Street COVID-19 Emergency Micro-Grant in the amount of $1,000.

U.S. Small Business Administration Grant for $1,000.

CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant from Maryland Humanities in the amount of $5,150

Maryland Heritage Area Authority CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund in the amount of $2,500

Donations towards operational costs from Museum Supporters in the amount of $1,890.

U.S. Small Business Association Loan in the amount of $29,400

Without the help of the above mentioned funding sources the Museum would be faced with a very difficult decision as to remain open or close. The Board of Directors are happy to say that with this funding support, the Museum should remain financially stable into 2021.

07/25/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Received $8,000 grant towards "Project 2020"

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is honored to receive a Maryland Heritage Area Authority grant in the amount of $8,000 to assist with the architectural work to improve the facade on the Old Brunswick Red Men's Hall.

Brunswick is a part of Maryland's Civil War Heritage Area. The museum set a goal of raising $25,000 to match $100,000 in State bond funding and to date, including this grant award, has raised $43,000.

More information on the MHAA grants awarded in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area can be found here:

https://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/about/press-releases?fbclid=IwAR2b-uhYixS771PbfHNd9LGOfL_3z7DzBm1ZI1RUV3Z8WEnahK-nYRfdjlk

Brunswick Heritage Museum Reaches $35,000 benchmark for "Project 2020" with 11th $1,000 Donation.The donation came from ...
07/21/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Reaches $35,000 benchmark for "Project 2020" with 11th $1,000 Donation.

The donation came from Terra Capps in memory of her father, Patrick J. Hollern. Mr. Hollern was very involved in the creation of the model railroad layout on the third floor of the Museum.

The Museum set a goal of $25,000 and to date we have raised over $35,000. Thank you to all who have donated.

07/18/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Reaches $34,000 benchmark for "Project 2020".

The Brunswick Heritage Museum would like to thank the following people for their donations:

The Kloetzli Family for being the Barons of Silver Spring

A previous donor who submitted their donation for a corporate cash match of $75.

Monthly donors totaling $200.

A downtown Brunswick Business for their $25 donation.

River and Trail Outfitters for their $75 donation (Fish Trap books)

Abbie Rickets for her donation of $120.00

Kallien Norris in honor of her father Douglas Heffner Jr, a donation of $120

A board member donated $135 towards the costs for signage.

The Museum set a goal of $25,000 and to date we have raised over $34,000. Thank you!

07/13/2020

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06/12/2020

We are very happy to see many of our local businesses reopen. We are slowly returning to normal. The museum will remain closed through June. The Board of Directors are implementing a Re-Opening plan that will have us reopened, hopefully in July. We are not alone as many museums in Frederick County will not be opening any time soon. Stick with us. We will be okay and back open soon.

06/04/2020

Brunswick Heritage Museum Selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD

The Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc., owners and operators of the Brunswick Heritage Museum in Brunswick, Maryland, are excited to share important news.

After the review of several highly qualified architectural firms, the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD as the Architectural firm for the Museum’s facade restoration project. The principals of SM+P are Schamu, Machowski, and Patterson. In 1982, Walter Schamu & Associates moved into Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood and began a legacy of unique and revered architecture, starting out with a focus on residential work. Through the 1980s, the firm continued to expand and bring in new, exciting work. In 1984 the firm found work in historic preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use. From historic preservations, leading laboratories, private residences and five-star restaurants, SM+P Architects is responsible for some of Baltimore's most notable architecture.

SM+P Architects has helped to restore famous buildings in the Baltimore region, including:

B&O Railroad Museum
This 1884 Baltimore landmark was restored and upgraded in a fast-track $15 million design and construction effort. The work included: shoring and bracing; demolition and debris removal; structural analysis and design; historic paint analysis; and roof element reconstruction, including upper and lower roofs and the lantern.

Bromo Seltzer Tower
After years of neglect, this 1911 Baltimore landmark has been transformed into studio space for artists. SM+P Architects designed building plans which called for a small interior fire stair to meet with City Fire Department and MD Historic Trust approval and to allow the building to be occupied. Work included new lighting, HVAC, elevator and exterior restoration. The $1.2 million restoration met the historic guidelines available for achieving the available tax credits for the investment group of owners.

B&O RR Oakland Station
Following the design of a master plan and interior alterations developed by SM+P Architects, this historic 1884 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station became a new visitor center for the town of Oakland, MD. The award-winning facility includes a small theater and museum. The meticulous restoration used slate mined from the same quarry that produced the original building. Today, the building is a centerpiece for the ever- increasing tourist destination Garrett County.

For the last several months, the museum has operated a capital campaign to raise funds to make needed improvements to its home, Brunswick Red Men’s Hall, located at 40 West Potomac Street, within the historic district of Brunswick. The City of Brunswick and Sate Senator Michael Hough assisted the Museum in receiving a $100,000 state bond bill to restore the building. As a requirement the Museum needed to raise $25,000 in matching funds. To date, $33,000 has been raised by the generosity of the greater Brunswick Community.

“The Museum is excited to have an engineering firm as prestigious as SM+P to lead us in moving forward with this needed project”, said Museum President James R. Castle.

For more information regarding the Brunswick Heritage Museum contact James R. Castle at [email protected]

For more information on SM+P Architects visit their website, http://www.smp-architects.com

06/03/2020

Last call for "Project 2020" donations

The Brunswick Heritage Museum recognizes it has been a difficult year. The community has been very supportive of our fundraising effort to raise funds for our building restoration project. The Museum set a goal of $25,000 and to date we have raised over $33,000. Thank you!

At this time we are posting one last call for anyone who wishes to be a part of the project, having your name attached to the project, or honoring someone's memory with the project.

The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?
The Museum will end this Capital Campaign around June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.

Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $35,000 for “Project 2020”:

$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)

$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)

$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)

$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)

$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)

Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716

You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].

The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected].

05/31/2020

Museum Reaches $33,000 Milestone in Fundraising Goal
We take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce this news! The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce that it has reached the $33,000 benchmark in fundraising for "Project 2020".
The Museum Thanks:
A volunteer for our model railroad for their $60 donation.
A Jefferson resident for their $25 donation.
The Ghost Pit for donating $200
A Baltimore Resident, the Grandson of H.N. Werntz, for donating $120
Mary Richardson, who previously donated $500, submitted her donation for a corporate match which was approved, bringing her level of support to $1,000.
A previous donor whose donation was matched by her employer providing the museum an additional $75.

These donations added to the ones previously announced bring the Museum's Project 2020 fund to $33,005.78.
The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?
The Museum will end this Capital Campaign on June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000 by May 31, 2020? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.
Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $30,000 for “Project 2020”:
$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)
$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)
$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)
Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].
The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or calling at 301-834-7100.

05/27/2020

Museum Reaches $32,000 Milestone in Fundraising Goal
We take a break from our Brunswick History 101 offerings to announce this news! The Brunswick Heritage Museum is happy to announce that it has reached the $32,000 benchmark in fundraising for "Project 2020".

The Museum Thanks:
A Board Member for covering $100 in PayPal Fees.
Charles Wendal for being a co-Baron at Pt. of Rocks.
Reoccurring monthly donations totaling $300
A Myersville resident donated $100.
A Brunswick resident donated $250.
Additional signage cost $230.
John Daytons $250 contribution was matched by his employer.

These donations added to the ones previously announced bring the Museum's Project 2020 fund to $32,025.78.
The Museum has now set a new fundraising goal of $35,000. Can you assist us in meeting this goal?

The Museum will end this Capital Campaign on June 1, 2020.

The Museum has a unique opportunity to complete much needed work on the former 1904 Red Men’s Hall in which it resides. The Museum successfully raised the required cash match of $25,000 for a State Grant but can they raise $35,000 by May 31, 2020? This is no small feat for a small-town museum, but together we can accomplish this goal. The funds will be used to re-mortar the brick facade, replace windows, and begin the renovation process to restore the front facade of the building to its circa 1915 appearance.
Can you assist us? We have created the following donor levels to assist us in raising $30,000 for “Project 2020”:
$25.00 - Brakeman (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$60.00 - Engineer (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster
to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$120.00 - Conductor (Name on an “Available for Duty” roster to be posted on the third floor of the museum)
$500.00 - Museum Benefactor (Receive a brick in our brick walk, and an entry in the Brick Walk Registration Book)
$750.00 - Heritage Investor (Receive a brick in our brick
walk, and your name on a plaque which will reside on the museum’s third floor)
$1,000 - Railroad Tycoon (Receive a brick in our brick walk, your name on a plaque on the third floor, and your name will be associated to a piece of rolling stock equipment on our model layout)
Payments by check can be sent to:
Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716
You can also donate via paypal by sending funds to [email protected].
The Board of Directors thank you for your assistance in this rare opportunity to access funds to make much needed repairs to the Museum building. Feel free to contact us at any time by emailing us at [email protected] or calling at 301-834-7100.

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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 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(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.
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