History is like Frankenstein's monster. All it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $5, you get an adult admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry (a $10 value) on Key Highway.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is fittingly located in the last standing cannery in the Inner Harbor, featuring a recently-upgraded exhibit dedicated to the building's original purpose—the old-school process of packaging oysters, fruits, and fish. The permanent, in-house collection Decker Gallery showcases neon signs, the first gas street lamp ever, and a three-eighths scale model of the MiniMariner rescue plane. Exhibits at the museum are similarly luminous: The amazingly recreated scenes from Baltimore's industrial past include a linotype setup in the print shop and working sewing-machine stations in the garment loft.
The Washington Post and Fodor’s featured Baltimore Museum of Industry and eight Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars. TripAdvisors give the attraction an average of four owl eyes and five Google Mappers give it an average of 3.8 stars:
- Housed in an old oyster cannery, the Baltimore Museum of Industry demonstrates how the city worked during the Industrial Age. Check out the machine shop, the kids' cannery, the children's motorworks assembly and feel the power of a 1906 steamboat in the museum's extensive permanent exhibit. – Washington Post
- One of Baltimore's best kept secrets. – tanders, TripAdvisor
Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry highlights the workers and small businesspeople whose contributions during the Industrial Revolution and beyond helped build the country’s framework. Visitors can take a gander at the museum’s 100,000-object collection—including an 1850s shipyard bell and an 1820s Acorn printing press—and romp through bygone eras, dropping by sites including the recently renovated 1865 Platt Oyster Cannery and a reproduction of the 1910 pharmacy where Noxzema was invented. Just beyond the interior walls lies the last operating steam tugboat in the nation, the coal-fired SS Baltimore, as well as the 1937 Mini-Mariner, a prototype for the WWII flying boat bomber, two pieces of aquatic history more inspirational than a sailor's duffle filled with Popeye quotes.