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B&O Railroad Museum

2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4661
+1 410-313-1945
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Train Museum

We enjoyed touring all the attractions at the B & O railway museum. It was interesting to see the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hemee
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Indiana
More than just history of Trains

Although this museum is about trains, I was surprised to learn that trains were the reason we got... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wisconsin_Cruiser_53
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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest surviving train station in America, also many would argue that it is also the first station in America in general. The station was originally established as Freight Station only with passengers loading and unloading from a platform attached to the second story of the hotel that once existed across the street from the platform. In the 1850's the B&O decided to transform the station for passenger use as well as freight. The station was also an important transportation hub during the civil war moving both supplies and troops for the Union. The station continued as a passenger station until December 31st 1949 and as Freight Station until the 1970's. The station was than converted to a museum and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places. The management of the Museum has changed throughout the years, with Howard County Recreation and Parks taking over management from the site in September of 2017
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“train ride” (16 reviews)
“railroad museum” (11 reviews)
“love trains” (7 reviews)
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2711 Maryland Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4661
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+1 410-313-1945
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed touring all the attractions at the B & O railway museum. It was interesting to see the history of trains in our country.

Thank hemee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this museum is about trains, I was surprised to learn that trains were the reason we got standardized times and timezones in the US. There are many people there who are train enthusiasts who are more than willing to tell you everything you ever...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is housed in the oldest standing rail station in the U.S. Many displays; gives a good idea of what everything looked like in 1831 (and beyond). A model train exhibit and a rail car to tour. Small gift shop. I'd take an hour for...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibits with historical information. They have a train ride available daily. I can’t wait to go back again.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

If you are into history and trains then this is a must see. Lots of interesting facts, pictures and excellent train gardens.

Thank KGrander
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Nice round house and train ride. We spent extra money for the VIP train ride but couldn’t hear the docent. That was disappointing. The museum is on 40 acres and has over 150+ rail cars & locomotives.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

A great little museum for train enthusiasts, interesting exhibits- like the telegraph. A friendly staff

Thank gdp9pitt
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

There was no charge to visit the museum. Staff was very nice. There was a short video explaining history of the railroad as well as a reconstruction of the trains route with 2 moving trains, which the kids that were there really seemed to like....More

Thank SUSAN L
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We arrived with three kids (ages 2, 2, and 4), 2 parents, & two grandparents and had a wonderful visit. From the time you park your car you're surrounded by incredible RR cars of every kind, The entrance fee was expensive so you have to...More

Thank sheilal921
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

I took my 3.5 year old grandson and 2 year old grand daughter. This is a small museum but perfect for them. It is the original building in old town Ellicott City, which in itself is charming and quaint. Parking is difficult but I managed...More

Thank Travelgrandmom
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WisHuey
23 July 2018|
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Response from SUSAN L | Reviewed this property |
I am glad it reopened. we didn't pay an entrance fee.
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pamimi4
25 January 2017|
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Response from Chuck K | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure of the price but it was cheap for myself and my two boys I'm thinking around $20 ish. ps. bring down some Wilbur Buds.
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Maura_Patricia
8 January 2015|
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I see what you mean. There are loads of pictures that are not of this museum which may be confusing to visitors. That is a drawback with Tripadvisor, it relies on contributors without vetting the content. I would hope that... More
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