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The Baltimore Museum of Industry:
A place where history comes to life!

At the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI), adults and children alike can learn about everything from food canning to broadcasting. Visitors get the chance to come face to face with many of the technologies which forged the industrial

revolution. Take the opportunity to see a 1937 Mini-Mariner (a WWII flying boat bomber prototype), walk through the original 1865 Platt Oyster Cannery (Baltimore’s only surviving cannery building), and view the Maryland Milestones Exhibit (dedicated to the accomplishments and milestones that Baltimoreans and Marylanders have contributed to the industrial revolution). The BMI also has a machine shop, a print shop, a garment shop, and a metal-working shop. All are in working condition, and offer guests the chance to experience history first hand. The BMI also has the only coal-fired steamship (the S.S. Baltimore) on the East Coast.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor’s Office. The Museum was created in an attempt to preserve the City’s rapidly disappearing industrial heritage. In May 1977, representatives of the BMI purchased the Platt Oyster Cannery Building located along Baltimore‘s historic waterfront. The cannery was renovated and now serves as the BMI’s exhibition center.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry is dedicated to educating the public to the vital role of industry in our culture. Through exhibits, programs, and community outreach, the BMI has been able to preserve some of the greatest achievements of the industrial revolution. Of course, the most important part of preservation is the ability to share knowledge with others, especially the youth.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry has a variety of educational tours, demonstrations and living history programs, specifically designed to reach out to students. Award winning programs like The Kid’s Cannery, The Garment Loft, and The Pocket Shop run year round and are among the most popular programs at the BMI. Educational programs vary in complexity and usually target a specific age group. Other living history programs such as the Theatre on the Harbor program (which travels to various locations in the greater Baltimore area) are suitable for students and guests of all ages. Teachers love the BMI for its‘ one-of-a-kind learning tools,” says William H. Cole, Executive Director at the BMI, “Kids love us because interactive learning is fun.” Of course students are always welcome as volunteers as well.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry is always looking for volunteers. The BMI needs and appreciates people who are interested in preserving Maryland’s industrial heritage. The BMI offers special opportunities to its volunteers. As a volunteer, you will receive free admission to the BMI as well as reduced admission to other regional activities. You will also be invited to various lectures, social events and special programs provided by the BMI.

To find out more about the Baltimore Museum of Industry call (410) 727-4808 or visit their website.

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