Exhibitions & Collections

Unlike many museums, the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s collections do not document the lifestyle of the elite. Instead, BMI depicts people who are often over-looked: the workers, small business owners, and others who built our history.

Baltimore has long been recognized as a major industrial center and is home to the nation’s first passenger railway, oldest gas company, first traffic light, and many other inventions and innovations. The BMI’s collections are evocative reminders of Baltimore’s great history and explain, more effectively than any textbook, how the city developed from a small trading post to a thriving industrial center. The collections also explain how Baltimore’s residents—no matter their station in life, race, ethnicity, or occupation—contributed to this development.

Baltimore has long taken pride in its identity as a “working man’s town” and this industrial heritage, central to Baltimore’s image of itself, is preserved at BMI in one of the nation’s best and broadest collections of industrial items.

BRF Logo colorIn addition, BMI is the official repository for archives and artifacts from the Bendix Radio Foundation, preserving the history of the Bendix Radio division and Bendix/Allied Signal Communication Division.

2017 Archives Center Upgrades: During the summer and fall of 2017, the BMI Archives, Collections and Research Center will undergo exciting renovations and upgrades to improve collections care and provide a better space to serve our researchers and archives visitors. From July 31 until approximately October 15, the Archives will be closed for on-site research visits. All other requests and services may experience a longer wait time for processing. For more information, please contact Matt Shirko at mshirko@thebmi.org or 410.727.4808 x112.


We invite you to visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry, where just some of the more than 1,000,000 fascinating artifacts we preserve are on display in our galleries. View our Photography Policy here.

Interested in donating artifacts? Click here for information.

Or contact us with questions:
Jane Woltereck,  Director of Collections . . . jwoltereck@thebmi.org . . . 410.727.4808 x146
Matthew Shirko,  Archivist . . . mshirko@thebmi.org . . . 410.727.4808 x112

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