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Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
Location: 701 Wilson Point Rd # 5-501
Baltimore, MD 21220-4238
Contact: 410-682-6122
Grades: 3rd and up
Admission: FREE

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About the Museum:

Located at Martin State Airport, Middle River, Maryland (near Baltimore), the Museum operates as a traditional museum. On display are many items of Maryland historical significance; industrial models of aircraft and rockets, wind tunnel models, restored and partly restored aircraft, and many original photographs outlining the growth of the Martin Company and its people. An effort has been made to chronologically depict this growth from its beginnings in Santa Ana, California, to its current standing as the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The Museum also spotlights aviation history in the State of Maryland. Unknown to most, our country’s earliest manned flight took place right here in Maryland.

The Museum’s educational efforts seek to inspire visitors – particularly young people – with the story of technological change and its origins in individuals, organizations, and previous technologies, plus its effects on the lives and futures of individuals and communities. These developments are exemplified in exhibits showing the progress of aviation and space technology throughout Maryland, including the story of Glenn L. Martin, his company, and the Eastern Baltimore County communities created by Martin workers. The Museum’s core exhibits are supplemented by rotating displays. In addition to its exhibits, the Museum’s educational mission provides a superb monthly speaker program featuring notable speakers on important aerospace topics.

Over fifteen years, the Museum has collected thirteen historic aircraft; thousands of original motion picture films, plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools, and components; and a gigantic indexed collection of more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs (see information on the Museum’s accomplishments). These archives have supported documentary films and numerous publications. Without the efforts of the Museum these research materials would not be available to the public; many of the collection’s artifacts would have been destroyed.

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