New Audio Guide Available in Spanish and English

The BMI launched a new audio tour in summer 2021. Visitors can now check out a “podcatcher” device at the front desk—at no extra cost—and hear from a variety of experts as they walk throughout the museum.

Whether in addition to or in place of a guided tour, the audio guide enlivens the experience of visiting the BMI’s galleries, and provides new glimpses into Baltimore’s industrial history.

The tour includes clips from oral histories and first-person accounts from workers in various trades, including the garment industry, steelmaking, and food processing, and snippets from our award-winning podcast, “Sparrows Point: an American Steel Story.” The tour also includes some of Gil Sandler’s Baltimore Stories, the popular series on WYPR which found a permanent home in the BMI’s collections.

The audio guide is available in Spanish as well as English. Viewers can find video versions of most gallery guides on the BMI’s YouTube channel, and access the content from this mobile website. The new audio guide system comes from Guide-ID, an audio guide company based in the Netherlands that seeks to “give objects and spaces a voice, helping people to listen and expand knowledge.”

Introductions to each gallery were researched, written, and recorded by museum educators, many of whom share their personal connections to the topics.

The BMI needs your help NOW to preserve Baltimore’s industrial heritage. Whatever you choose to give, know that YOUR donation is essential to the BMI and to preserving and sharing Baltimore’s industrial story.

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