Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest surviving railroad station in the United States. Admission is free!
(80)

The B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America, and was the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country! ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS NOW FREE!!!!

Our popular A Brush with History program returns on Thursday, March 5th!  This month’s painting celebrates the Phoenix E...
02/13/2020

Our popular A Brush with History program returns on Thursday, March 5th! This month’s painting celebrates the Phoenix Emporium, titled, “Twilight of the Phoenix.” No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided by the artist who will guide you through the steps to paint your masterpiece. Info: https://tinyurl.com/BrushMar20

If you were traveling on a Pullman car on the B&O Railroad beginning in the 1880s, you likely would have encountered a P...
02/11/2020

If you were traveling on a Pullman car on the B&O Railroad beginning in the 1880s, you likely would have encountered a Pullman Porter. In these top of the line railcars, African American men were employed to provide passengers with top of the line service, an image upon which the B&O prided itself. Porters, in their white uniforms and black ties, assisted passengers with any needs such as carrying their bags and preparing beds for passengers traveling overnight. Also seen at the stations were Red Caps: African American men who helped passengers at the stations and helped to load bags. While these positions did not allow for much employment advancement and porters had to work long, exhausting hours being on call almost 24 hours a day, the role of a Pullman Porter was highly regarded in the African American community at the time. Former porters note it was a way to get out of the denims of field work, and into a steady job. Through A. Phillip Randolph, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters formed in 1925, the first African American labor union. For more information on the porters, check out “Pullman Porters and the Rise of Protest Politics in Black America, 1925-1945” by Beth Tompkins Bates, and “Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class” by Larry Tye, both available in the Museum gift shop.

Spring and Summer are right around the corner... along with some awesome programs at the B&O!  The  Howard County Recrea...
02/11/2020

Spring and Summer are right around the corner... along with some awesome programs at the B&O! The Howard County Recreation and Parks Spring/Summer Guide is available for viewing online, and registration opens on Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm. Check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/SpringSummerGuide2020.

Our next “Because of Her” program is on February 15th and focuses on two very important women in African American Histor...
02/08/2020

Our next “Because of Her” program is on February 15th and focuses on two very important women in African American History: Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks. Learn about the contributions of these women, and the struggles they faced in celebration of Black History Month. The program is perfect for scouts, although you don’t need to be a scout to register! Info:

Have you wanted to know a bit more about the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum?  Come take a tour with us!  Free guided t...
02/08/2020

Have you wanted to know a bit more about the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum? Come take a tour with us! Free guided tours of the museum will be offered on Sunday, February 9th at 11:00 am and 2:30pm. No pre-registration is required, just meet us in the gift shop!

A reminder that USCT reenactor Ed Gantt is joining us at 11:30 am on Saturday, February 8 for a special presentation abo...
02/06/2020

A reminder that USCT reenactor Ed Gantt is joining us at 11:30 am on Saturday, February 8 for a special presentation about African American Heroes! Please join us for this free event and enjoy exploring the museum after!

Registration for Summer Camps are now open for Howard County Residents!  Non-county residents can register beginning nex...
02/06/2020

Registration for Summer Camps are now open for Howard County Residents! Non-county residents can register beginning next Wednesday. Check out the History and Archaeology Section on pg 67 for all our offerings!

In-county, online registration for Howard County Recreation & Parks’ 2020 summer camps opens tonight at 6pm (Out-of-County online registration begins February 12). For more information and for a handy digital PDF of the Summer Camp Guide, visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks.

Our first storytime of 2020 is this Saturday, February 8th!  Join us for a story honoring Black History Month and make a...
02/04/2020

Our first storytime of 2020 is this Saturday, February 8th! Join us for a story honoring Black History Month and make a craft to take home. Info: https://tinyurl.com/RailsTales2-8

Our next Kids Night In at the Museum is on Valentine’s Day!  Enjoy a night out while your kids solve history’s mysteries...
02/04/2020

Our next Kids Night In at the Museum is on Valentine’s Day! Enjoy a night out while your kids solve history’s mysteries at the station. Info: https://tinyurl.com/KidsNightJan2020

Join us on Saturday, February 8th for a special presentation by USCT reenactor Ed Gantt!  Ed’s program, which will be at...
01/31/2020

Join us on Saturday, February 8th for a special presentation by USCT reenactor Ed Gantt! Ed’s program, which will be at 11:30am, will focus on African American Heroes, including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Decatur Dorsey, and more. Displays about the USCT will also be on display during this time. We hope you will join us for this free event!

Please pardon our dust!  In addition to the Car House, the Living Quarters will also be repointed during this time frame...
01/29/2020

Please pardon our dust! In addition to the Car House, the Living Quarters will also be repointed during this time frame. The museum is still open regular hours and visitors can still access the 2nd floor through the Living Quarters during the restorations. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Attention B&O Visitors! The Car House will close for restoration work on Wednesday, January 29 and will reopen on Wednesday, February 12. The rest of the museum will remain open. We apologize for the inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding as we work to keep making the museum better!

Are you looking for something to do on Friday, January 31?  We still have spots available in our Ghostly Guides program!...
01/28/2020

Are you looking for something to do on Friday, January 31? We still have spots available in our Ghostly Guides program! Explore the museum after hours in this combined history and paranormal program. Learn the history of the station, discover the paranormal experiences of staff and visitors, and then experiment with paranormal equipment as you draw your own ghostly conclusions! Info: https://tinyurl.com/BOGhostsJan20

Attention B&O Visitors!  The Car House will close for restoration work on Wednesday, January 29 and will reopen on Wedne...
01/26/2020

Attention B&O Visitors! The Car House will close for restoration work on Wednesday, January 29 and will reopen on Wednesday, February 12. The rest of the museum will remain open. We apologize for the inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding as we work to keep making the museum better!

Tomorrow, January 25, join members of the 1st Maryland Volunteer at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum!  Discover what...
01/24/2020

Tomorrow, January 25, join members of the 1st Maryland Volunteer at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum! Discover what life was like as a Union soldier during the Civil War, and watch the soldiers perform various drills and demonstrations. The event, along with museum admission, is free.

Please note: Due to impending inclement weather, this program has been canceled.  We hope to see you at our next "Becaus...
01/17/2020

Please note: Due to impending inclement weather, this program has been canceled. We hope to see you at our next "Because of Her" program in February!

There’s still time to register for the first program of our “Because of Her” series! Focusing on a different important historical figure, kids discover the importance of each figure, and the lasting impact they made. Saturday, January 18, we explore the legacy of Rosa Parks. This program is perfect for scouts, but you don’t need to be a scout to attend! Info: https://tinyurl.com/BecauseOfHer

Remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with us on Sunday, January 19 from noon-2pm in the Car House.  See a shor...
01/16/2020

Remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with us on Sunday, January 19 from noon-2pm in the Car House. See a short video presentation on the life of Dr. King, make a Civil Rights poster, and view artifacts from the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored and a local tenant farming site. This program is free to attend and open to all ages as you visit the museum. To celebrate this day of service, we ask program attendees to bring a canned good to donate.

There’s still time to register for the first program of our “Because of Her” series!  Focusing on a different important ...
01/15/2020

There’s still time to register for the first program of our “Because of Her” series! Focusing on a different important historical figure, kids discover the importance of each figure, and the lasting impact they made. Saturday, January 18, we explore the legacy of Rosa Parks. This program is perfect for scouts, but you don’t need to be a scout to attend! Info: https://tinyurl.com/BecauseOfHer

With the cold weather, we haven't had as much to update, but restoration of the caboose continues!  Check it out--the ex...
01/13/2020

With the cold weather, we haven't had as much to update, but restoration of the caboose continues! Check it out--the exterior wood body has been replaced, and some of the windows!

Please note: The Museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 1.  We will see you on Thursday, January 2 for our last wee...
12/31/2019

Please note: The Museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, January 1. We will see you on Thursday, January 2 for our last week of Holiday Trains!

It's our last holiday gift shop promotion!  This week, January 2-5, take 20% off our children's books.  Thank you for ce...
12/30/2019

It's our last holiday gift shop promotion! This week, January 2-5, take 20% off our children's books. Thank you for celebrating with us this holiday season!

An important update: the Museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 25 for the holiday.  We hope you have a great time...
12/24/2019

An important update: the Museum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 25 for the holiday. We hope you have a great time with family, and we will see you on Thursday, December 26!

Building blocks and trains, what could be better!  This week (Dec 26-29), take 20% off our train building block sets.  T...
12/23/2019

Building blocks and trains, what could be better! This week (Dec 26-29), take 20% off our train building block sets. There are several sizes to choose from, and are compatible with LEGO bricks.

Santa visits the B&O one last time on Saturday, 12/21 from noon-4pm.  Come by and get your holiday photo with Santa, and...
12/17/2019

Santa visits the B&O one last time on Saturday, 12/21 from noon-4pm. Come by and get your holiday photo with Santa, and check out our train gardens! This is a free, drop-in program, no registration required!

Calling all Harry Potter fans!  Have you seen our Harry Potter LEGO layout in the Car House? If not, check it out, and t...
12/16/2019

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Have you seen our Harry Potter LEGO layout in the Car House? If not, check it out, and then pick up your Harry Potter gear in this week's sale! Harry Potter merchandise is 20% off December 18-22nd. We couldn't fit it all in the pictures, so be sure to check it out! We've got house banners, blankets, time turners, and more.

Our holiday train garden would not be possible without the work of our dedicated museum staff and volunteers.  This year...
12/12/2019

Our holiday train garden would not be possible without the work of our dedicated museum staff and volunteers. This year, we added several new displays, including a Harry Potter themed one! However, Hogwarts, the Burrows, Platform 9 3/4, and all the other buildings in the display would not have been possible without 6 dedicated volunteers putting in over 20 hours of work to build and assemble the exhibit. Thank you so much, we could not have done it without you!

Our next Rails and Tales: Polar Express Storytime is on Saturday!  Get your train ticket, hear the tale of one child's j...
12/10/2019

Our next Rails and Tales: Polar Express Storytime is on Saturday! Get your train ticket, hear the tale of one child's journey to the North Pole, and make your own bell ornament to take home! Info: https://tinyurl.com/RailsTalesPolarExpress2019

12/09/2019
Howard County Recreation and Parks

Have you been to see our train garden yet? Check out this video showcasing our exhibits this year! The train garden is open until January 5 during regular business hours, and is free!

Have you stopped by the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum's FREE Holiday Train Garden? Here's a quick video we shot at Midnight Madness showing off some of our great displays, including a gigantic LEGO Hogwarts castle!

Have you decorated your tree yet?  We can help!  Our ornaments are 20% off this week, and are perfect for the train enth...
12/09/2019

Have you decorated your tree yet? We can help! Our ornaments are 20% off this week, and are perfect for the train enthusiast in your life! (Week of December 11-15)

It's Midnight Madness, and we're excited!  The B&O will be open late, so as you're shopping be sure to check out our tra...
12/06/2019

It's Midnight Madness, and we're excited! The B&O will be open late, so as you're shopping be sure to check out our train garden! Also, the holiday tree lighting takes place on the Plaza at 6pm. We'll see you there!

We have an exciting weekend coming up at the B&O!  Friday is Midnight Madness and the tree lighting (at 6pm!), then Sant...
12/05/2019

We have an exciting weekend coming up at the B&O! Friday is Midnight Madness and the tree lighting (at 6pm!), then Santa visits the Museum on Saturday, 12/7 from Noon-4pm! Both programs are free to attend, no pre-registration required.

This week's (December 4-8) gift shop special is our kids tie dye shirts, 20% off.  They make great gifts!
12/02/2019

This week's (December 4-8) gift shop special is our kids tie dye shirts, 20% off. They make great gifts!

Happy Day before Thanksgiving!  As a reminder, the museum will be closed on Thursday, 11/28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday...
11/27/2019

Happy Day before Thanksgiving! As a reminder, the museum will be closed on Thursday, 11/28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen with our Holiday Train Garden on Friday, 11/29 at 10am.

In addition to our weekly discounts, enjoy 10% off our B&O Stocking Stuffers from November 27 through January 5!
11/27/2019

In addition to our weekly discounts, enjoy 10% off our B&O Stocking Stuffers from November 27 through January 5!

To celebrate the holiday season, each week through January 5 we will be featuring a different product or theme from our ...
11/27/2019

To celebrate the holiday season, each week through January 5 we will be featuring a different product or theme from our gift shop! This week, from 11/27 until 12/1, enjoy 20% off our Large and Small Pullback Locomotives!

We've been busy decorating the station for the holidays!  Special thanks to our volunteers and Natural Resources Divisio...
11/25/2019

We've been busy decorating the station for the holidays! Special thanks to our volunteers and Natural Resources Division staff for helping us get everything ready--we couldn't have done it without you! Reminder that trains open on Friday!

Caboose restorations are chugging right along!  This week, the undercarriage, wheels, and couplers were painted black, a...
11/23/2019

Caboose restorations are chugging right along! This week, the undercarriage, wheels, and couplers were painted black, and the end of the caboose were painted red.

Holiday Trains open next Friday!  We've got some old favorites as well as new displays this season.  The display will op...
11/22/2019

Holiday Trains open next Friday! We've got some old favorites as well as new displays this season. The display will open with the museum at 10am, Friday November 29, and will be on display through January 5. We hope you're excited too!

Our next Rails and Tales storytime is on Saturday, November 23!  Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with "When Cla...
11/20/2019

Our next Rails and Tales storytime is on Saturday, November 23! Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with "When Clay Sings," a story about the people who lived across the Southwest. Then, make a clay pinch pot to take home! Info: tinyurl.com/railstalesfall19.

Our final "Brush with History" class for 2019 is on Thursday, December 5, and there is only one spot remaining!  Paint a...
11/18/2019

Our final "Brush with History" class for 2019 is on Thursday, December 5, and there is only one spot remaining! Paint a beautiful winter scene, entitled, "Madison Snow and Fraser Fir." It's a perfect holiday decoration or gift for someone special! No prior experience necessary, just a sense of creativity. Info: https://tinyurl.com/BrushDec19

Our caboose restoration continues!  With the nicer weather last week and this week, the restoration crew has been hard a...
11/17/2019

Our caboose restoration continues! With the nicer weather last week and this week, the restoration crew has been hard at work cleaning the rust off the undercarriage and adding a coat of primer.

We missed it on Friday, but the countdown to Holiday trains continues!
11/16/2019

We missed it on Friday, but the countdown to Holiday trains continues!

Happy anniversary to the station!  According to records, the depot at Ellicotts Mills (now the B&O Ellicott City Station...
11/13/2019

Happy anniversary to the station! According to records, the depot at Ellicotts Mills (now the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum), was completed and officially open for business sometime during the month of November IN 1831. Huzzah!

Thank you for visiting us this weekend, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball!
11/12/2019

Thank you for visiting us this weekend, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball!

As we honor our veterans this weekend, I encourage everyone to visit the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum where they are currently holding a special exhibit for Veterans Day. Admission is now free so anyone can learn from the rich history of the veterans in our community.

All aboard at the B&O Ellicott City Station!  Bring your preschooler to the museum to learn more about the jobs on the r...
11/09/2019

All aboard at the B&O Ellicott City Station! Bring your preschooler to the museum to learn more about the jobs on the railroad. Pack freight cars, play signal master says, and more! Info: https://tinyurl.com/AllAboardNov19

...until holiday trains!
11/08/2019

...until holiday trains!

Address

3711 Maryland Ave
Ellicott City, MD
21043

General information

This is the official page for the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum Page. The site is now under the managment of the Living History and Heritage program of the Howard County Recreation and Parks. The B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America, and was the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country! We are open Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays. We are located at 3711 Maryland Ave, at the intersection of Main Street and Maryland Ave. You can reach the museum via phone at 410-313-1945 or by messaging this page. ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS NOW FREE!!! We welcome you and your comments to any of Howard County Government's social media pages. The purpose of these sites is to present matters of public interest to Howard County, including its many residents, businesses and visitors. We encourage you to submit your thoughts, questions and/or concerns as comments on our social media sites, but please note this is a moderated online discussion site and not a public forum. Once posted, Howard County Government reserves the right to delete user comments that: are spam or include links to other sites; are clearly off topic; advocate illegal activity; promote particular services, products, events or political organizations unrelated to Howard County Government; infringe on copyrights or trademarks; use personally identifiable medical information, as we recommend you not share any of your medical information on our social media pages. In addition, to protect your privacy and the privacy of others, do not include your full name, phone number(s), e-mail addresses, social security number, case numbers or any other sensitive personally identifiable information in your comments or responses. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Howard County Government or its officers and employees. If you have any questions concerning the operation of this online moderated discussion site, please contact the Office of Public Information at [email protected] In addition, to protect your privacy and the privacy of others, do not include your full name, phone number(s), e-mail addresses, social security number, case numbers or any other sensitive personally identifiable information in your comments or responses. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Howard County Government or its officers and employees. If you have any questions concerning the operation of this online moderated discussion site, please contact the Office of Public Information at [email protected]

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 313-1945

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other History Museums in Ellicott City

Show All