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“Travel Back in time (literally) at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum”

Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Ranked #73 of 226 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: A streetcar museum.
Baltimore, Maryland
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“Travel Back in time (literally) at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

One of our favorite family activities in all of Baltimore is a weekend visit to the Streetcar Museum. Unlike most transportation museums that allow you to look at a few stationary machines and a lot of photos, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum affords you the opportunity to actually ride these wonderfully restored treasures of charm city.

The museum is only opening Saturdays and Sundays as it is run by a very enthusiastic all-volunteer staff. On any given weekend they have at least 3 and sometimes 4-5 different streetcars that you're able to ride down a charming 1/4 mile length of track. Each trolly gives you a different experience from a different era--from the open, mostly wooden streetcar from the early 1900's to the sleek mid-century bus-styled car, you get a little taste of what urban travel along much of the Eastern seaboard was like through the 19060's or so.

Plan your visit for about 60-90 minutes in order to ride all the streetcars and visit the small (but quaint) museum. Plus, the photo-ops here are as good as you'll ever get!

Our children (aged 5, 8, 11) all LOVE it and every time we have guests in town we know a visit will be a huge hit.

Visited May 2014
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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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“Average, but better for train aficionados”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum presents visitors with a glimpse into what transportation was like in Baltimore during the hey-day of the streetcar, back in the early 1900s, with the last one taken off the lines in the mid-1960s. These vehicles were the main way to get around the city and the suburbs of Baltimore back then.

The museum itself is pretty basic, mostly filled with photos of old streetcars along with captions about them. Outside in the "yard" are a number of antique street cars, most of which ran in the Baltimore area.

However, the best part of the visit is taking a ride on one of the streetcars and getting the feel for what it was like for people who used this in their regular commute. There are also personnel dressed as train engineers that are there to answer any questions you may have.

Visited October 2013
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Baltimore, MD
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“Return to a bygone era”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

A great afternoon trip into the early 20th century for transportation and Baltimore history buffs alike. This is the only museum collection in the country for streetcars from the local area. All the cars were used in Baltimore at one time, and have been restored by volunteers to their original appearance. The collection ranges from early horse-drawn cars all the way up to the last streetcar used in Baltimore in the 1960s. For Baltimore history buffs, it's a great look back through Baltimore's history of not only transportation, but the city's growth, its neighborhoods, and its recreation. The museum is run by volunteers, and by donations. It's not part of the city or state. For that reason, the facilities are small compared to other area museums, but the chance to see cars as they are restored, and talk to the people that restore them, is unmatched. And where else do they encourage you to climb onto the museum pieces?

Visited August 2013
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“A ride back in history”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

This place is run by volunteers who love what they do...restore and run vintage streetcars. It is well worth the visit, especially if you are old enough to have ridden one in your younger years and want to share the experience with the younger generation, There is a nice collection of photographs of days gone by . The staff of volunteers really know their stuff and the ride made my father-in-law smile from ear to ear. It is out of the way but their web site has excellent directions. This does not have the glamor of the Inner Harbor but is well worth the short trip up the road from it.

Visited June 2013
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Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

This museum is run purely by volunteers and donations. They have done an excellent job restoring the street cars ( which visitors get to ride) and the portrayal of the ride as the period the car was from was so fun. We also enjoyed the pictures and exhibits between rides. This was our favorite activity in Baltimore this trip; it is highly underrated. We will definitely return. We spent about 2 hours to ride 3 streetcars and see all of the exhibits.

Visited May 2013
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