Gaithersburg Community Museum

Gaithersburg Community Museum The Museum is free and features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark interest and imagination in our City’s history.
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The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex. The Museum features educational exhibits and programs designed to spark visitors' interest and imagination in our City's history. The Community Museum occupies the historic Freight House, the History Park and the B&O Caboose. Designed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Head Architect, Ephraim Francis Baldwin, the Gaithersburg Railroad Station was built in 1884. This enabled Gaithersburg, previously known as both Forest Oak and Logtown, new and expedited shipping opportunities south, to Washington, DC. The commercial opportunities this access afforded helped develop the burgeoning Gaithersburg economy. In 1978, its buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Additional hours are available by appointment. Handicap accessible.

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National Air and Space Museum's Space Songs Virtual Concert

Thursday night you can join The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a YouTube concert event celebrating spaceflight, creativity and community.

Join The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a YouTube concert event celebrating spaceflight, creativity and community.

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X-STEM All Access | USASEF

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is is an engaging, entertaining, educational, and interactive online STEM experience for middle and high school students.

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April is National Poetry Month! For this week's challenge write a haiku or other poem about your COVID-19 experience. Please share them in the comments.

Haikus are 3-line poems with either 3-5-3 or 5-7-5 syllables per line. Check the comments for some links to helpful haiku sites. #CovidPoetry #StayHomeGaithersburg

Some more local virtual tourism opportunities.
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Three Maryland Maritime Museums You Can Tour Today...Virtually - Preservation Maryland

Some more local virtual tourism opportunities.

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Hubble Inspires | Online Activities

There is more Hubble fun to be had. Learn more about the science, have fun with online games, be inspired by the images. #Hubble30

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

04/24/2020
Nebula Art

We may not be able to have skywatching tonight, but we can still have some hands-on fun. Thanks to NISE Network for this great project and #SpaceTelescopeScienceInstitue for helping create this celebration of the Hubble. Also, thanks to Rockville Science Center, which would have been co-sponsoring the skywayching program. #Hubble30 #StayHomeGaithersburg

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What Did Hubble See on Your Birthday?

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Hubble Gives Us a Front Row Seat to the Universe

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This blog post is one in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. For more information and resources regarding Hubble’s 30th anniversary, please …

This stunning new image from Hubble showing two nebula commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.S...
04/24/2020

This stunning new image from Hubble showing two nebula commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.Since Hubble’s launch in April 1990, the telescope has inspired and enthralled the world with awe-inspiring, enticing, and dramatic views of the universe. We are delighted to be part of the celebration. Tonight would have been our first skywatching program of 2020 where we would have been celebrating this milestone. We hope to see you when it is rescheduled. Meanwhile, check back today for more exciting activities and images from Hubble. #Hubble30

Behold! A colorful, dramatic landscape of two nebulas highlights a stunning new image, which commemorates the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30 years of unlocking the beauty and mystery of space.

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Since Hubble’s launch in April 1990, the telescope has inspired and enthralled the world with awe-inspiring, enticing, and dramatic views of the universe. Hubble’s images and discoveries make it the most prolific space observatory in history:
http://ow.ly/6AEM50zmKtj. #Hubble30

Have you ever seen a group of children more pleased with themselves? Reginald and Clifford Shirley and their neighbor Ma...
04/23/2020

Have you ever seen a group of children more pleased with themselves? Reginald and Clifford Shirley and their neighbor Martha Kephart showing off their garden produce taken in 1950. From the donor we learn the Shirley children were neighbors of T.W. Troxell. The 1950 census is not yet public, but from 1940 we know that Mr. Troxell lived at 30 Walker Avenue and it appears the Shirley family had not yet moved to Gaithersburg. As all the children were born after 1940, we won't be able to learn more until 2022 when the 1950 census becomes public. In the meantime, we can enjoy this great image. #WeAreGaithersburg #TBT

Happy Earth Day!  NASA has created this colorful picture book about Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Ear...
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Happy Earth Day! NASA has created this colorful picture book about Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. #EarthDay

04/22/2020
Make a Water Cycle Activity

Have fun making the model of the water cycle at home. All you need is a ziplock bag, a sharpie, water, and some tape.

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#MuseumSunshine - This photo of the Sun was taken at the Gaithersburg International Latitude Observatory. Did you know i...
04/21/2020

#MuseumSunshine - This photo of the Sun was taken at the Gaithersburg International Latitude Observatory. Did you know it takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds for the light from the Sun to reach Earth?

Someone has been decorating Observatory Park with these wonderful painted rocks they left by the trees and chalk art. #p...
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Lessons: Pre-K and K

For parents and teachers of early learners, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) has some great activity ideas.

Learning Resources and Activities for Caregivers and Educators Written and Compiled by SEEC faculty                

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Apollo 13: Home Safe

On this day in 1970 Apollo 13, one of the most dramatic and eventful space missions, safely landed.

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We're sharing one captivating image per day from each of Hubble’s years in orbit to count down to Hubble’s 30th anniversary on April 24, 2020.

We are sharing some of the craft activities that have been created over the years for Storytime Station. These Funky Chi...
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We are sharing some of the craft activities that have been created over the years for Storytime Station. These Funky Chicks are fun and colorful. The instructions call for tissue paper and feathers, but you can use any craft material you think will work. If you feel you need to reinforce the eggs, paint them with watered down white glue or modge-podge. As always, we'd love to see your creations so please post images in the comments. #StayHomeGaithersburg #MuseumFromHome

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Maryland's African American Soldiers at Appomattox - Preservation Maryland

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More on Farm Animals! Here is Frank Wilmot of Summit Hall Farm (now Bohrer Park) in 1940 with his horse. 1940 was a census year and we learn that although the Wilmot's purchased Summit Hall in 1936, their primary residence was still in Bethesda on Wisconsin Avenue. #WeAreGaithersburg

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The explosion on board Apollo 13 happened 50 years ago today.

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#MetKids—How Can Photos Take Us Back in Time?

How do you "read" an historic photograph? This video shows how museums use photos to connect the past with the present.

Travel back in time with Kira, age 12, and discover how two photos of the Brooklyn Bridge connect the past to the present.

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We're looking at farm animals all week. Let us know your favorite and tell us something about it. Draw a picture or write a poem about your animal. #StayHomeGburg #MuseumFromHome #nationalpoetrymonth

From the museum's collection is this photo of Ralph Walker and his cow Miss Rue Homestead taken in 1922 when he was 16. From the 1920 census we know he was born in 1906 and lived with his parents McKindree and Corine Walker, his brother and sister Grover and Pearle, and a boarder Sally Halland. #WeAreGaithersburg.

Apollo 13 launched on this day in 1970. You can follow the mission in real time.
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Apollo 13 in Real-time

Apollo 13 launched on this day in 1970. You can follow the mission in real time.

A real-time interactive journey through the Apollo 13 mission. Relive every moment as it occurred in 1970.

Ready for our floors to be refinished!
04/10/2020

Ready for our floors to be refinished!

Taking advantage of the shutdown to get the #museum floors redone. You'll be floored when you come back. 😀
04/09/2020

Taking advantage of the shutdown to get the #museum floors redone. You'll be floored when you come back. 😀

Robert Murphy's house and tin shop (was located where McCormick's Paints is on Diamond Avenue. Robert Murphy was a tin s...
04/09/2020

Robert Murphy's house and tin shop (was located where McCormick's Paints is on Diamond Avenue. Robert Murphy was a tin smith. From the 1900 Census, we know Robert Murphy is the only person listed as a tin smith in Gaithersburg. #TBT #GburgHistory #WeAreGaithersburg

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9 S Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

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Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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(301) 258-6160

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Local history full steam ahead at the Gaithersburg Community Museum! Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad complex in Olde Towne, the museum bridges Gaithersburg’s past and present for visitors of all ages. Exhibits in the Freight House and rail cars explore our rich history and hands-on learning centers for children spark the imagination. The Station, an active commuter stop, houses dining and restroom facilities, and the outdoor interpretive spaces, with the ever-popular rolling stock, offer the possibility of experiencing the sights and sounds of the trains that frequently rumble past the Museum.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Additional hours are available by appointment.

Nearby Observatory Park is home to the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory. Operating from 1899-1982, the Observatory was one of six worldwide that measured the wobble of the earth on its polar axis leading to improved navigation and significant scientific discoveries. This outdoor interpretive space highlights the importance of the scientific work conducted here for nearly a century.

Observatory Park is open from dawn to dusk with informational signs for visitors to take a self guided tour. The Latitude Observatory building is open during special events.

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This is me and my brother back in 1991! Your engine's come a long way since then!
Hi, saw this obit for Fred Helm's widow in the Post today. Wanted to make sure you guys saw it.
Talk Like A Pirate: Thank you for the fun!