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. The City of Gaithersburg's Community Museum is located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex.
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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.

Operating as usual

09/19/2020
Cap'n Q and Crab Claw Chris

Cap’n Q (author @MaryQuattlebaum) and crew will take you on a literary adventure with "Pirate vs Pirate!"

Helen and Thomas Docherty will be joining us LIVE at 11:30!
09/19/2020

Helen and Thomas Docherty will be joining us LIVE at 11:30!

09/19/2020
How to Make an Eyepatch

Every proper pirate needs an eyepatch! To do this craft you'll need an old styrofoam tray, like those used for meat or vegetables, well washed, and two pieces of ribbon.

September is International Underground Railroad Month. See why Maryland is The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storyt...
09/18/2020
Open for Heroes

September is International Underground Railroad Month. See why Maryland is The Most Powerful Underground Railroad Storytelling Destination in the World.

September is International Underground Railroad Month, Maryland is the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history.

09/18/2020

Every proper pirate needs an eyepatch! To do this craft you'll need an old styrofoam tray, like those used for meat or vegetables, well washed, and two pieces of ribbon.

09/18/2020
Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. This year the Constitution has been makin...
09/17/2020

Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. This year the Constitution has been making headlines for a number of reasons. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote. That this landmark anniversary also coincides with a contentious presidential election has put a spotlight on what it means to exercise your right to vote and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of the United States.

The City of Gaithersburg has a series of programs to explore the history of the fight to get the 19th Amendment. You can find them all here: https://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/recreation/recreation-calendar/women-s-suffrage-centennial-series

Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. This year the Constitution has been makin...
09/17/2020
2020census.gov

Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. This year the Constitution has been making headlines for a number of reasons. 2020 is a census year and the need for a decennial census was spelled out in Article 1 Section 2 of the Constitution:

"… Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct..."

We are a nation represented by its residents. Accurate representation can't be determined unless people are counted. They can't be counted unless they participate in the census. If you haven't sent in your census form, TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR YOU TO BE COUNTED

September is Fall Hat Month. Have fun making this newspaper hat. We made ours the month we were exploring the letter "Hh...
09/16/2020

September is Fall Hat Month. Have fun making this newspaper hat. We made ours the month we were exploring the letter "Hh" for Storytime Station. You don't have to decorate your hat with H things. Decorate it however you like.

Don't forget to put all these amazing suffrage programs on your calendar. There is something for all ages to enjoy and l...
09/11/2020
Women’s Suffrage Centennial Series | Gaithersburg, MD

Don't forget to put all these amazing suffrage programs on your calendar. There is something for all ages to enjoy and learn.

August 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. In commemoration of this historic event, the City presents the “Women’s Suffrage Centennial Series,” with educational events & an art exhibit exploring the women’s suffra...

Although few details are known, and no images have been released, the Chinese did apparently launch a reusable spacecraf...
09/10/2020
The launch and landing of China’s reusable spacecraft | EarthSky.org

Although few details are known, and no images have been released, the Chinese did apparently launch a reusable spacecraft on September 4, 2020. It appears to have deployed a satellite to orbit and then returned to Earth safely 2 days later.

Although few details are known, and no images have been released, the Chinese did apparently launch a reusable spacecraft on September 4, 2020. It appears to have deployed a satellite to orbit and then returned to Earth safely 2 days later.

Explore your backyard or the other side of the Earth with EO Explorer. For more than 20 years, the Earth Observatory has...
09/09/2020
EO Explorer

Explore your backyard or the other side of the Earth with EO Explorer. For more than 20 years, the Earth Observatory has published stories from all over our planet.

climate change, global climate change, global warming, natural hazards, Earth, environment, remote sensing, atmosphere, land processes, oceans, volcanoes, land cover, Earth science data, NASA, environmental processes, Blue Marble, global maps

This week's Weekly Challenge is simply to read! Build time into your day to read for fun. We read so much for school and...
09/08/2020

This week's Weekly Challenge is simply to read! Build time into your day to read for fun. We read so much for school and work that we often forget that reading a book with a good story can be fun.

Decades after scientists decided that the Brontosaurus never actually existed, new research says the opposite. This is e...
09/03/2020
The Brontosaurus Is Back

Decades after scientists decided that the Brontosaurus never actually existed, new research says the opposite. This is exciting news for those of us who started life learning about the Brontosaurus only to be told it was actually an Apatosaurus.

Decades after scientists decided that the famed dinosaur never actually existed, new research says the opposite

TBT - Gaithersburg School kindergarten class of 1935
09/03/2020

TBT - Gaithersburg School kindergarten class of 1935

Newest exhibit  at the museum is about the geodetic monuments at Observatory Park #nationalgeodeticsurveymarkers
09/01/2020

Newest exhibit at the museum is about the geodetic monuments at Observatory Park
#nationalgeodeticsurveymarkers

Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are in the sky at dusk throughout September 2020, with Mercury hard to view from northerly l...
09/01/2020
September 2020 guide to the bright planets | EarthSky.org

Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are in the sky at dusk throughout September 2020, with Mercury hard to view from northerly latitudes. Bright Mars rises in the east in the early evening. Brilliant Venus rides high in the east in the hours before sunrise.

Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn are in the sky at dusk throughout September 2020, with Mercury hard to view from northerly latitudes. Bright Mars rises in the east in the early evening. Brilliant Venus rides high in the east in the hours before sunrise.

Haven't posted a trainspotting picture in a while.
09/01/2020

Haven't posted a trainspotting picture in a while.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is holding an artwork contest Now through October 28, 2020 for children ages four to 12 y...
09/01/2020

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is holding an artwork contest Now through October 28, 2020 for children ages four to 12 years old. The winning artwork will be used to create a 2021 calendar,.

It's the first day of the school year and it's starting in a way we've never experienced before. What are your expectati...
08/31/2020

It's the first day of the school year and it's starting in a way we've never experienced before. What are your expectations? This week's Weekly Challenge is all about that.

08/28/2020
NASA's Guide to Near-light-speed Travel

So you’ve somehow rigged up your spaceship to travel almost at the speed of light? … Before you fly off all willy-nilly, however, there are some important things you should probably know about approaching the speed of light.

So, you've just put the finishing touches on upgrades to your spaceship, and now it can fly at almost the speed of light. We're not quite sure how you pulled...

Have you taken up bread making or cheese making in quarantine? If so, this series of mini-seminars might be of interest.
08/26/2020
Fermentology Mini-Seminars | Applied Ecology | NC State University

Have you taken up bread making or cheese making in quarantine? If so, this series of mini-seminars might be of interest.

Fermentology Mini-Seminars April 3, 2020  |  Michelle Jewell Last updated July 22, 2020.   Join us for a series of short talks (20 minutes on average) about the culture, history and science behind the foods you have at home. All talks are Thursday at 4pm EDT, unless otherwise specified, and open ...

08/26/2020
Maryland and the Suffrage Movement

If you weren't able to watch our program on Maryland and the Suffrage Movement with Susan Philpott, the video has been posted to youtube with captions.

WE ARE OPEN...by appointment. Call or email the museum at 301-258-6160 or museum@gaithersburgmd.gov to arrange a time. W...
08/25/2020

WE ARE OPEN...by appointment. Call or email the museum at 301-258-6160 or [email protected] to arrange a time. With COVID there are some restrictions:
- one family unit per visit
- visitors over the age of 2 must wear a mask
- changes have been made to the hands-on displays and activities

08/25/2020
NASA Langley Research Center

Have fun creating this model of Ingenuity, the new Mars helicopter.

Build Your Own Mars Helicopter (for students in grades K-5), materials are needed to participate: https://go.nasa.gov/2CEf5oh. Learn more about the Mars Helicopter: https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/.

Join us live for this session on Tuesday, August 25 at 9am during Virtual Youth Day! Have questions? Drop them in the comments to interact with our subject matter expert while you watch!

In astronomical lingo, this is not a "half moon." Learn why.
08/25/2020
Quarter moon or a half moon? | EarthSky.org

In astronomical lingo, this is not a "half moon." Learn why.

Half the moon always faces us. And half the moon is always lit by the sun. But, in the language of astronomers, there are no 'half moons.'

08/24/2020
Tour the museum

We're open starting tomorrow, by appointment. We've made some changes to the museum. We're happy about them and we think you will be too!

OTD in 1814 the Americans were defeated at the Battle of Bladensburg.
08/24/2020
A Humiliating American Defeat at Bladensburg

OTD in 1814 the Americans were defeated at the Battle of Bladensburg.

This 18 pound cannonball was donated to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab several years ago by a nearby resident who found it on his property. Doubtless, this cannonball was fired during…

The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission has developed a timeline for the suffrage movement as it connects...
08/21/2020
Women’s Suffrage Project - Montgomery Planning

The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission has developed a timeline for the suffrage movement as it connects to Maryland and Montgomery County.

Project Background August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This monumental action guaranteed that...

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9 S Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

Opening Hours

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