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Baltimore Museum of Industry

Posted by on January 29, 2012

Field Trip: Baltimore Museum of Industry
Location: 1415 Key Highway
Baltimore MD
Contact: 410-727-4808
Grades: K-12

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About the Museum:

Baltimore has long been recognized as one of the nation’s premier industrial centers, home of the nation’s first passenger railroad; the world’s largest copper refinery; the oldest gas company in America; the first traffic light, and a multitude of other technological innovations. Baltimoreans have a reputation for taking great pride in their city’s identity as a “working man’s town”—a pride that has been enhanced and celebrated by the city’s renaissance and emergence as a major tourist center.

The BMI’s collections are evocative reminders of Baltimore’s great history. They explain more effectively than any textbook, how the city developed from a small trading post to a thriving, industrial center of manufacturing and commerce in a few decades. The collection also explains how a visitor’s ancestor, no matter his or her station in life, race, ethnic background, or occupation might have contributed to this development. This heritage, central to Baltimore’s image of itself, is only being preserved at the BMI.

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