Permanent Exhibitions

Relive the Industrial Revolution…From Baltimore’s early days as a trading port and hub of manufacturing, to its modern identity as a center for research, retail, technology, and tourism, visitors can discover the businesses and inventions that forged the Industrial Revolution and propelled Maryland into the 21st century.

Explore re-created workspaces and the tools and machines used in many regional industries.

     *  Walk through the 1865 Platt and Company oyster cannery, the only surviving cannery building in Baltimore.

     *  Step into a 1910 pharmacy, like the one where world-famous Noxzema skin cream was invented.

     *  Tour a circa-1929 garment loft similar to those once key to Baltimore’s industrial development.

See artifacts from the transportation sector, which kept Maryland on the move.

     *  Stand beneath the 1937 Mini-Mariner, the flying prototype of a WWII PBM flying boat bomber, restored by some of the same Baltimore-area workers that built it.

     *  Find a circa-1975 homemade electric car used to commute from Rockville to Washington, D.C.

     *  Look outside for the 1906 steam tug Baltimore, once the official welcome vessel for the City of Baltimore. Click here to learn more about the Baltimore.

Experience the accomplishments and innovations that Baltimoreans and Marylanders continue to contribute to the world.

     *  Observe some of the medical laboratory equipment developed by BD Diagnostics and used in the health care industry.

     *  Learn how Bendix Radio contributed to the beginnings of the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System required by commercial aircraft worldwide.

     *  Discover the world’s first cordless electric drill, today a staple in every household and invented here in Maryland.



The core of our museum building was originally home to Platt and Company, an oyster, fruit, and vegetable cannery which opened in 1865.

Decker Gallery

With floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful view of the Inner Harbor, Decker Gallery is by far the largest space in the museum.

Garment Loft

A gallery dedicated to the design and production of garments and accessories, which has always been one of Baltimore’s leading industries.

Machine Shop

Before the time when replacement parts were ordered online and shipped overnight, companies repaired and replaced broken machine parts on-site.


A favorite gallery of all visitors, our nostalgic pharmacy also features a re-created soda fountain counter and offers some fascinating facts.

Print Shop

Showcasing a working Linotype machine and vintage printing presses, the Print Shop has tools and type for print jobs large and small.

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