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! 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!
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ADMISSION TO THE MUSEUM IS NOW FREE!!!!

Operating as usual

Our winter Ghostly Guides at the B&O has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 27 at 7pm!  While it's not quite the ni...
02/17/2021

Our winter Ghostly Guides at the B&O has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 27 at 7pm! While it's not quite the night before Valentine's Day, it is the night of a full moon, and we're hoping to have some exciting paranormal activity. We have 6 spots left for the tour on the 27th, we hope to see you there! Info: tinyurl.com/BO-GhostlyGuidesFeb2021

Do you know the story of Steel Drivin' Man John Henry?  Join us in our storytime to find out more about this African Ame...
02/11/2021
B&O Storytime: John Henry - An American Legend

Do you know the story of Steel Drivin' Man John Henry? Join us in our storytime to find out more about this African American railroading legend who faced off against a steam drill to tunnel through a mountain to help build the railroad.

In this B&O Storytime, Emily reads John Henry - An American Legend by Ezra Jack Keats. In this classic children's book from 1965, witness folk hero John Henr...

Howard County Summer Camps are open for registration!  Our Living History and Heritage Program has some great camps, inc...
02/08/2021

Howard County Summer Camps are open for registration! Our Living History and Heritage Program has some great camps, including themes such as Archaeology, Ellicott City History, and Historic Survival. We even have some online options for our young history explorers. For more information on Living History and Heritage camps, check out page 6!

Online registration for Howard County Recreation & Parks sports and outdoor camps opens Wednesday, February 3 at 6pm. To register for camps, visit https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/howardcounty/home.

Are you looking for a unique Valentine's activity, or just something fun to do on a Saturday night?  On February 13, joi...
02/03/2021

Are you looking for a unique Valentine's activity, or just something fun to do on a Saturday night? On February 13, join us for a Ghostly Guides at the B&O! Tour the museum with a guide, hear the paranormal stories, then investigate the museum with provided equipment to draw your own ghostly conclusions! Info: https://tinyurl.com/B-O-GhostlyGuidesJan2021

Our next Little History Explorers program starts on March 2!  In this at-home program, celebrate Women's History month w...
02/02/2021

Our next Little History Explorers program starts on March 2! In this at-home program, celebrate Women's History month with a weekly story about a famous woman, and activities related to our weekly heroine! Materials and instructions are provided by the Living History and Heritage Program, along with pre-recorded content. Registration for the program ends on February 17, and box pick ups will begin on February 24. (please note: image taken pre-2020) Info: https://tinyurl.com/LHEWomensHistoryMonth

What happens when there are snakes on a train?!  Find out what the snakes are up to in our newest storytime, "Snakes on ...
01/27/2021
B&O Storytime: Snakes on a Train

What happens when there are snakes on a train?! Find out what the snakes are up to in our newest storytime, "Snakes on a Train" by Kathryn Dennis. https://tinyurl.com/SnakesOnATrainStorytime

In this B&O Storytime, Emily reads Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis! This adorable picture book is full of sibilant sounds and fun word play your child wi...

Have you wondered where trains sleep at the end of the day?  Check out our perfect bedtime story, "Where Do Steam Trains...
01/21/2021
B&O Storytime: Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?

Have you wondered where trains sleep at the end of the day? Check out our perfect bedtime story, "Where Do Steam Trains Sleep At Night?"

In this B&O Storytime, Emily reads "Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?" by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Christian Slade.

Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of germs and COVID-19!
01/21/2021

Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of germs and COVID-19!

Washing your hands is easy and it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, like the COVID-19 virus. To protect yourself, make sure you wash your hands often and thoroughly, especially after you have been in a public place or handled your mask, and to always follow these five steps: https://bit.ly/2XBwh4B. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol and be sure to cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Check out this awesome program with the Living History and Heritage Program on Sunday, January 24!
01/14/2021

Check out this awesome program with the Living History and Heritage Program on Sunday, January 24!

On January 24, join the Living History and Heritage program for Victorian Naturalists: Winter as Art!

In this fun afternoon history program for participants 10 years and older, discover how nature journals were utilized by scientists and explorers during the 19th century. Then design your own journal and join the Heritage staff for a visit to the trails of the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum. Each participant also takes home a cool winter swag decoration for their home or yard!

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/WinterAsArtJan.

Discover history with our Little History Explorers Take Home Kits!  Each kit contains four or five classes-worth of fun,...
01/11/2021

Discover history with our Little History Explorers Take Home Kits! Each kit contains four or five classes-worth of fun, educational content relating to an important historical event or theme. Each educator-curated kit includes instructions and materials for multiple activities and access to weekly pre-recorded educator-led stories and videos. We have two great opportunities for our young learners! In February, we explore Black History Month (signups close Wednesday, January 20), and in March we focus on Women’s History Month (signups open until Wednesday, February 17)! Information on kit pickups will be sent to registered participants after signups close.

Black History Month: https://tinyurl.com/LHEBlackHistoryMonth

Women’s History Month: https://tinyurl.com/LHEWomensHistoryMonth

Have you ever wondered where we would be today without railroads?  Join us on Friday, January 15 for Technologies Born o...
01/10/2021

Have you ever wondered where we would be today without railroads? Join us on Friday, January 15 for Technologies Born on the Railroad! In this hour-long online program, explore some of lesser-known railroad inventions that remain in use today. Some of the origins might surprise you! Info: https://tinyurl.com/RailroadTechJan2021

Tickets are still available for our online Behind the Scenes Tour of the museum on Friday, January 8!  Go in depth to th...
01/04/2021

Tickets are still available for our online Behind the Scenes Tour of the museum on Friday, January 8! Go in depth to the museum's history, the decision to put a railroad station in Ellicott City, and how the railroad and station have overcome challenges in its nearly 200 year old history. Tickets available here: https://tinyurl.com/ECSM-BTS-Jan2021

Happy New Year! As a reminder, the museum is closed today.  We will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! As a reminder, the museum is closed today. We will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Our last storytime for 2020 comes just in time for New Years.  Go along with Squirrel as she tries to figure out the per...
12/30/2020
B&O Storytime: Squirrel's New Year's Resolution

Our last storytime for 2020 comes just in time for New Years. Go along with Squirrel as she tries to figure out the perfect New Year's Resolution!

New Year's Day is a great day for making resolutions, but what does it mean to make a resolution anyway? In this week's B&O storytime, Emily reads Squirrel's...

As you plan your week, the museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 10am-3pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.  We will be...
12/30/2020

As you plan your week, the museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 10am-3pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. We will be closed Friday, January 1 for the holiday.

Happy Holidays!  The Museum is closed today, Friday, December 25.  We will reopen Saturday, December 26th at 10am.
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays! The Museum is closed today, Friday, December 25. We will reopen Saturday, December 26th at 10am.

Are you still looking for a few last-minute gifts? Come on down to the station, we've got train whistles, stuffed animal...
12/21/2020

Are you still looking for a few last-minute gifts? Come on down to the station, we've got train whistles, stuffed animals, Ellicott City mugs, games, toys, books and more! Also, for the Harry Potter fan in your life—all our Harry Potter gear is 50 (yes 50!) percent off! This week we are open regular hours on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We managed to catch this train heading west this morning while opening up the museum!  Trains still pass by the station ...
12/19/2020

We managed to catch this train heading west this morning while opening up the museum! Trains still pass by the station almost daily, although no stops are made here anymore. The most common thing we see these trains carrying is coal from West Virginia. What's the coolest thing you've seen trains carrying on the rails?

Take your little one on a history adventure in January with our Little History Explorers: Presidents! program!  Registra...
12/17/2020

Take your little one on a history adventure in January with our Little History Explorers: Presidents! program! Registrants will receive a box including all supplies and instructions along with weekly emails to recorded video content. Perfect for those winter days at home! You won't want to miss this: sign ups close on Sunday, December 20. Info: https://tinyurl.com/LHEPresidentsJan21

The Polar Express is one of our favorite holiday stories, and we're excited to share it with you.  Happy Holidays!
12/12/2020
B&O Storytime: The Polar Express

The Polar Express is one of our favorite holiday stories, and we're excited to share it with you. Happy Holidays!

In this week's storytime, Emily reads The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. In this classic children's book, a young boy takes a once-in-a-lifetime trip t...

Due to COVID-19, the annual holiday train exhibit at the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum has been scaled b...
12/11/2020

Due to COVID-19, the annual holiday train exhibit at the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum has been scaled back this year. Visitors to the museum can view a G-scale train exhibit in the Freight Agent’s Living Quarters. Guests can also enjoy our year-round model train exhibit in the Freight House as well as storefront window model train displays throughout Main Street. Please note that the museum is operating at limited capacity.

It's time for our next weekly sale!  This week (Dec 9-13),  puzzles and games (excluding Ticket to Ride) are on sale for...
12/07/2020

It's time for our next weekly sale! This week (Dec 9-13), puzzles and games (excluding Ticket to Ride) are on sale for 20 % off.

12/02/2020
Maryland Recreation & Parks Association

We love trains, and we also love open space! Check out this cool video about Program Open Space that Howard County Recreation & Parks contributed to!

Through the support of Program Open Space, Maryland has protected over 394,000 acres of land.

Over the past several months, the importance of open space was more apparent than ever. Parks played a vital part in getting our citizens through the pandemic - allowing people to get outside, relax, mentally heal and still physical distance.

View full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPxX7U1X-Q4

Talk to your legislators and let them know why Program Open Space is important to you! http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/District

#programopenspace

With December finally here, we’ve decorated the museum for the holiday season and our holiday train display, which opens...
12/01/2020

With December finally here, we’ve decorated the museum for the holiday season and our holiday train display, which opens to the public on Friday, December 4 in the Freight Agent’s Living Quarters. As you shop and dine in downtown Ellicott City this month, we hope you’ll stop by for a visit!

It's time for our December sale!  This week (Dec 2-6), take 20% apparel in the gift shop!
11/30/2020

It's time for our December sale! This week (Dec 2-6), take 20% apparel in the gift shop!

Happy Thanksgiving! The Museum is closed today, 11/27.  A reminder too that our holiday train display will open on Frida...
11/27/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! The Museum is closed today, 11/27. A reminder too that our holiday train display will open on Friday, December 4th. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and we will see you tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving!  The Museum is closed today, 11/26.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday! Image from Free Vintage A...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! The Museum is closed today, 11/26. We hope you have a wonderful holiday! Image from Free Vintage Art.

As you plan your Thanksgiving week, please note the Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November ...
11/23/2020

As you plan your Thanksgiving week, please note the Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Holiday. We will have normal hours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Our holiday winter sales are back this year!  Beginning next week, each Monday in December will feature a set of items d...
11/22/2020

Our holiday winter sales are back this year! Beginning next week, each Monday in December will feature a set of items discounted in our gift shop to help with your holiday shopping for the train enthusiast in your family! Discount will be 20% off the selected items, and will run from Wednesday to Sunday that particular week. Check back Monday, November 30 for our first week's sale item!

Did you know that railroads helped influence the creation of standard time zones? Prior to 1883, cities and towns marked...
11/20/2020

Did you know that railroads helped influence the creation of standard time zones? Prior to 1883, cities and towns marked time by the sun. Of course, this made coordinating rail schedules between cities quite hectic, as different towns could be several minutes ahead or behind. Scientists pushed for the creation of standardized time zones beginning in 1807, but lacked the driving force to make the change. Railroads, one of the most powerful organizations in the country at the time, also began to recognize the appeal of standardized time zone. However, as railroads were very territorial about their regions, zones were drawn according to railroad routes. After small regions tested out the single time zone experiment with success, it was implemented across the county’s railroads on November 18, 1883. It took several years for the general public to implement the change, but eventually by 1918, by Congress, standardized time zones were adopted across the United States. While our time zones today look different than they did 140 years ago, we have engineers and scientists like William Lambert, Charles Dowd, and Sir Sanford Fleming to thank for introducing and ultimately encouraging railroads to develop the basis of the system we use today. Photo showcases 1913 time zones, colorized by Owen Blacker for Wikimedia Commons. #RailFanFriday

Image Description: Map of the United States showing four time zones from 1913.

The holidays are fast approaching and we know many of you look forward to our Holiday Train Garden each year.  For 2020,...
11/20/2020

The holidays are fast approaching and we know many of you look forward to our Holiday Train Garden each year. For 2020, we will have a holiday train display in the museum’s Car House and in the Freight Agent’s Quarters (in addition to our year-round HO-Scale display). Although we will be closed Friday, November 27 (the day after Thanksgiving), we invite you to visit our holiday train displays when they open on Midnight Madness, Friday, December 4. Please note all visitors must adhere to COVID safety regulations, including physical distancing and wearing masks.

Did you know trains played an important role in presidential election campaigns for just over 100 years?  Beginning with...
11/06/2020

Did you know trains played an important role in presidential election campaigns for just over 100 years? Beginning with presidential candidate William Henry Harrison in 1836, candidates used trains to connect with voters in person and be able to make public appearances in areas of the nation previously not easily accessible. In fact, although he lost the presidential bid in 1836, Harrison rode the B&O line from Frederick, MD to Washington, D.C. in 1841 to his inauguration. Other presidents used the increasingly popular mode of transportation in similar manners to maximize the public outreach and garner support. Trains were last regularly used on the campaign trail with Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, as his wife did not like to fly. Although by the later 1950s presidents began to travel more and more by air, many candidates and presidents-elect still use trains as a nod to the past. Photo of President Roosevelt speaking from a train in North Dakota, 1936, from the Library of Congress.
#RailFanFriday

Join the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum on Saturday November 7 from 10am to 5pm to celebrate Veterans Day. Local Milit...
11/02/2020

Join the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum on Saturday November 7 from 10am to 5pm to celebrate Veterans Day. Local Military Vehicle clubs will be on site with vehicles from different eras in American military history. Weather permitting there will also be other militaria displays outside on the museum plaza. As always the event and the museum are free with donations appreciated. We'll see you Saturday! Please note that the above photo is from last year and all participants will be following Howard County’s COVID-19 safety guidelines for physical distancing and facial mask use.

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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 Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(410) 313-1945

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