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Review of Allegany Museum

Allegany Museum
Ranked #14 of 39 things to do in Cumberland
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We had a great afternoon Sunday afternoon (1-4) talking with the curator of the museum and viewing the many parts of the history of Cumberland, Maryland. What a rich heritage. The first exhibit we viewed was the glassware. In its heyday the area had 26 glass making companies. Hard to imagine, but the specimens on display were of the highest quality and beautiful to view. Then we moved into the Claude Yoder room. This man was a woodworker/whittler. From very large to very small he is quoted as saying the wood would tell him what they wanted to be and he couldn't pass a wood pile without seeing something there. A portrait of him by his son is displayed. He finished it the day his father died. In the effort of expanding commerce there is a great section on the B&O Railroad and the Chesapeake, Ohio Canal and the beginning of the National highway. Jefferson envisioned the highway but it took a couple of generations to be made. great endeavors for this isolated section of Maryland. One of the main manufacturers in Cumberland was the Kelly Springfield Tire Company. There are several rooms attributed to this company and how it shifted to munitions making during the war then went back to tire manufacturing following the war. Another manufacturer noted is the Garrett Clothing and Shoe company. Moving to another area there is a nice exhibit on the fire protection efforts in the Allegany County area. The Evolution of Allegany County is worth the stop as well. One surprise feature is a room called the Sleeping Beauty Exhibition. It has four panels with scenes from the story. You can push and hold a button at each panel to see the puppets move in some way. What a creative curiosity! The archeology of western Maryland along the hall is fascinating, Inhabited 12,000 years ago by first nation occupants with many examples of their tools and lives. One more fascinating piece is the exhibit on Whiskey & Beer production. What a great representation, currently limited to the 2nd floor but soon expanding to areas on the 1st floor. Excellent museum for the size.

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Very clean, lots of exhibits, free, well worth the stop. There are exhibits from the time before the Indians to the modern era

Thank jay34144
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Don't be afraid to leave a donation, as this museum houses some rare artifacts and has collections that are off the beaten path--all without an entrance fee. The ladies who run the place are highly informative and are pleasant to chat up.

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

We stopped here to learn a bit about Cumberland. It was small but very informative. It has a bit of everything for every age. I actually found a display that helped me understand the division of counties through the 1800's . Be sure to go into the grand ballroom! It was well laid out and the volunteer was very knowledgeable would answer questions even though it is a self guided museum. It was sad in some respects to travel through time and see the decline of a beautiful little city. There is no admission fee but there is a free will offering donation box. The museum is on the second floor of the building and has steps and an elevator for access.

Suggest you follow up with walking some of the city area and then driving through the old neighborhoods on the hill near the court house. Beautiful views and amazing architecture .

Thank TigerLily1010
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Reviewed 28 April 2013

We enjoyed the local history in a well-done format. Worth a stop, especially on a rainy day. Free will donation.

Thank WmWoods1981
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