It somewhat depends upon your interest of trains. My dad is a big railroad buff and we spent a good 2 hours walking around. there are a lot of train cars and locomotives you can climb aboard and see as well as a model train layout.
You can probably walk through it in 90 minutes, but the place deserves more time because you can get on much of the equipment, especially the old passenger cars. If you are interested in the history of America's' first railroad, give it 3-4 hours at most.
I like this place because I like trains. So I could stay all day. How if you have children, depending on their age, they will be pleasantly surprised. Something for all ages. Bring your camera!
I was attending an event during which docents were available throughout the evening. I would suggest an hour for a basic tour and more if you're a railroad buff.
I agree with all of the respondents below. If you are into railroads and are a train buff, then it can take 3-4 hours. There are a lot of static reading exhibits which explain in detail the beginning of the B&O and the part that the B&O played during the civil war. You can easily use up 1 hour reading everything. Then the indoors roundhouse has a wide variety of steam power and rolling stock, on which many are open to climb up and into and walk through. This can probably take 45 minutes to one hour, depending on whether there are crowds in front of the rolling stock, necessitating waiting your turn to go up the stairs and into the rolling stock or into the steam engine. Well worth the wait though as these are well maintained and the kids really love them. The outside has a collection of engines and rolling stock, stored on tracks but not open generally to walk inside. Many of these are waiting for and need restoration work. Hence you can walk around them, and photo them but not climb on them. There is the outdoor garden railway and along with the tour of the HO layout which is in one passenger car, the outdoor section can probably be done in 45 minutes. There is also a machine shop on the far side of the tracks which can take another 45 minutes if you want to go in and see all of the old equipment and read the displays. So plan on 2 hours if you are not going to read thoroughly or 3-4 hours if you want to read everything. Good luck!
I would recommend 2 to 3 hours to really have a good experience, more if you want to take the short train ride provided.
Hello. The museum is self guided so you can take as much time as you like to walk around and enjoy the exhibits. We had 5 younger kids and 2 adults and we had lunch there and it took us a little over 2 hours.
If you and your kids or grandkids love trains, maybe afew hours lol, as there is so much to see and do and fun experience for them hands on! Great place to enjoy a day!
A person should allow at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours to fully view the collection
Expect to take 2 or 3 hours, unless you are an enthusiastic, in which case 3 to 4 hours.
I would recommend planning at least 1 1/2 - 3 hours to tour the whole facility. The museum covers the history of railways, with an emphasis on the B&O and so much more. I especially recommend visiting on a Saturday as they have a train excursion.
I agree with Bryn Above. You can spend as much time as you want and your interest level. I am basically a steam train nut and visit fairly frequently. enjoy. I am also wondering how my wife's picture got in here.
You can take as much time as you like, but you really could use any amount of time. Do you have children, love trains? This time of year the docents are probably not too busy, especially in the middle of the week, and you can spend a lot of time with them and really learn so much. However much time you have, take it to the museum. See the roundhouse and the trains in that building if nothing else. Get a docent if you wish. If you live close, go more than once and see just part. If you have more questions, or I really have not answered your question, ask again. But certainly not less than 2 hours.
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