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The BMI needs your help NOW to preserve Baltimore’s industrial legacy.

The BMI has established itself as a leading repository for artifacts, documents, and oral histories that preserve Baltimore’s industrial legacy. If you treasure the stories, if you care about the collections, then your support is needed to provide the tools and time to preserve them. Make your gift TODAY.

Preserving the material history and stories of Baltimore is one of the things that the BMI does best. Read about some recent projects below.

Ship Plans Collection


Thanks to volunteer and donor support, the BMI preserved more than 40,000 ship plans that tell the story of Baltimore’s immense shipbuilding achievement.

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The Whirley Crane


The 100-ft Bethlehem Steel shipyard crane lights up the Baltimore skyline at night. The largest artifact in the museum’s collection is the colossal crane that watches sentinel over the museum’s campus. At 104-feet tall, the 1942 behemoth is dubbed a “whirley crane” for its ability to turn 360 degrees.

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Blue Top Lunch Wagon


The beloved Blue Top Lunch Wagon has a new coat of paint. For many years, the Blue Top Diner was a popular hangout for neighbors, truck drivers, and politicians in the Canton area.

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Sailor the Iron Dog


Sailor the iron dog, recently rehomed on the BMI waterfront, awaits treatment for rust spots. In the 1850s, iron statues of animals were popular lawn ornaments. Baltimore’s Bartlett-Hayward Company created Sailor, among others, as mascots for their business.

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Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the Baltimore Museum of Industry, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In addition to cash, check, or credit card, the BMI also gladly accepts gifts of stock, planned or deferred contributions, and in-kind services. To discuss your giving options, please contact Deborah Cardin at or 410.727.4808 ext. 129.


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