“At this moment of national reckoning, I believe that history museums have a special role and responsibility. For the BMI, that means that we are not only the stewards of Baltimore’s proud industrial history and the teller of stories about the daring entrepreneurs and hardworking laborers who transformed a sleepy colonial town into a manufacturing powerhouse. Our collections, exhibitions, and programs also preserve the legacies of the men and women who were not permitted to take the jobs that would carry their families into the middle class, and who did not have full access to the American dream.” –Anita Kassof, Executive Director.
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Work. It’s the thing that builds cities. Enacts change. Improves the world. It’s often not easy, not glamorous, not something most take time to stop and celebrate. But no matter the labor, no matter the hardship, there’s a person and a dream worth treasuring under there. Each of us has a skill we aspire to, a commitment we believe in, a gritty determination to make a tangible, positive impact on our personal lives and maybe the lives of many others through our work. From the earliest age, the work we do is what we imagine will define us one day—perhaps even more than the family we might have or the place we might live—it’s what we hope to explore, create, grow, fix, build.
So it is out of this same forward-looking industrialism that the Baltimore Museum of Industry was born. Set right on a thriving port that once served as a conduit to the world, our museum inspires tomorrow’s worker by celebrating yesterday’s worker. Just like these real people doing real jobs, we’re not varnished or slick or Hollywood. We’re an uncommon look at common working men and women who literally laid the groundwork for everything that Baltimore is and can be.
We champion our region’s fierce entrepreneurial spirit and the legacy we can all leave. We strive to be a rally cry for anyone who is ready to be just as industrious, just as brave, just as innovative, and just as dedicated to doing the things that turn a great city into something greater.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy and shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and collections engage visitors in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who shape the region’s future.
Located in an 1860s oyster cannery on a five-acre waterfront campus, the BMI offers dynamic indoor and outdoor exhibitions, live demonstrations, engaging tours, and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.