Winter Hours for the Museum are now in effect. The Museum will be open Wednesday/Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday/Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday noon-5pm.  We will return to regular hours after March 30. 

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Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Admission to the museum is FREE! 

 

Address
3711 Maryland Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Phone
410-313-1945

Hours
Wed-Thurs: 10am-2pm
Fri-Sa: 10am-5pm 
Sun Noon-5:00pm
The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For parking and access information for Ellicott City's Main Street, click here

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History

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the B&O Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in the country. Built in 1831, Ellicott City (then Ellicott’s Mills) was the first stop on the B&O Main Line, 13 miles outside of Baltimore. The station was originally designed to handle freight, but eventually transitioned to also serve passengers by 1857. Although passenger service was discontinued in 1949, freight service continued until 1972. The station was preserved and restored by local preservation groups to continue to share the important role the B&O Railroad played in local industrial history.

Visiting the Museum

The museum is on two levels, with a set of stairs to the second floor. 

The first floor includes the freight agent’s living quarters, gift shop, and restrooms.  The second floor showcases the Provost Marshall’s Office, Telegraph/Ticket Office, Men’s Waiting Room, and Car House.  We also have two other buildings on the property, accessed from the second floor: our Freight House, which houses our HO-scale model of the first thirteen mils of track from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills (now Ellicott City), and our 1927 Caboose, which once operated on the B&O Line. 

Although there is no elevator, the museum has a ramp outside of the building to access the platform and second level.  If you need to use the ramp, please let the cashier in the Gift Shop know and we will open the gate for you.  

Restrooms are located on the first floor in the gift shop. 

 

Programs

The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is now offering hour-long guided group tours! There is a charge of $5.00 per person. Please email emosher@howardcountymd.gov to schedule!

A Brush with History
Want to create your own masterpiece? Stop by for a night of painting historic scenes of Old Ellicott City while enjoying the creative atmosphere in America’s oldest surviving railroad station. Let local painter and artist Wiley Purkey guide you in making your own interpretation of a selected painting. Every month, paint a different scene in town. Learn about the history behind each site you paint. No experience needed. Materials and supplies are provided. Bring your favorite beverage and snack and let’s get creative! Info: Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or Jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

21 yrs +    $35

RP9975.202

 B&O EC Station Museum

 Feb 7

 6:30-10pm

RP9975.203  B&O EC Station Museum  Mar 7  6:30-10pm

 

Rails and Tales: Preschool Storytime
Hop aboard the story train!  Bring your little one out to a discovery story time at some of our historic sites in Ellicott City. Hear stories about how life was long (or not so long!) ago, play old times games, and make a history craft you can take home. Themes change each month, so be sure to visit us several times. Pre-registration required. Info: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov.

1.5-5 yrs   $3

RP9982.201

 B&O EC Station Museum

 Jan 12

 10:30-11am

RP9982.203  B&O EC Station Museum  Feb 9  10:30-11 am
RP9982.205  B&O EC Station Museum  Mar 9  10:30-11am

 

Kids Night at the Museum
Need a kid-free date night? Or maybe a shopping night during the busy holiday season? Drop your children off with the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum while you do some holiday shopping and dining on Main Street. Participants will have a blast from the past doing historic holiday-themed crafts and go on a detective mission to uncover historical facts about the Ellicott City Station. Let them get their hands dirty making applesauce and cinnamon ornaments, candle making, scent sachets, and more! Drop-ins are welcome! Information: Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or Jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

4-12 yrs    $15

RP9976.204  B&O EC Station Museum  Jan 25  4-9pm
RP9976.205  B&O EC Station Museum  Feb 8  4-9pm
RP9976.206  B&O EC Station Museum  Feb 22  4-9pm
RP9976.207  B&O EC Station Museum   Mar 8  4-9pm
RP9976.208  B&O ECStation Museum  Mar 22  4-9pm

 

Ghostly Guides
Gain exclusive after-hours access to the oldest railroad station in America and see what eerie adventures await you! Use ghost hunting equipment to ask unseen residents questions, take photos and observe changes in the electromagnetic field to help detect supernatural activity. The night begins with a historic tour of the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum and after a brief orientation you will have the opportunity to wander the building with some of our professional ghost hunting gear. Info: Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov.

16 yrs +    $25

RP9978.202  B&O EC Station Museum  Jan 12  8-11pm
RP9978.203  B&O EC Station Museum  Jan 18  8-11pm
RP9978.204  B&O EC  Station Museum  Feb 15  8-11pm
RP9978.205  B&O EC Station Museum  Mar 29  8-11pm

 

Innovators of the Patapsco River Valley
Our river valley was a hotbed of early movers and shakers!  Learn their names and accomplishments.  Included are the wealthiest man in America, a free African-American who corresponded with the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the oldest person ever nominated to run for President of the United States, and more!  Info: Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

21 yrs+   $15

RP9981.201

 B&O EC Station Museum

 Jan 17

 7-9pm

 

Vintage Movie Night at the Museum
Looking for something to do in the darkest part of winter? Come out to the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum and join us for a showing of The Goddess filmed in Ellicott City in 1958. Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, the film follows the story of a young woman’s journey from rural farm life to fame. Soft drinks and light refreshments will be available. Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. Info: Jake Feirson- 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

18 yrs+    Free

RP9986.220

 B&O EC Station Museum

 Jan 19  7-9 pm

 

School’s Out: Underground Railroad to Civil Rights
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with the Living History and Heritage Program.  We will explore 100 years of Howard County history, from the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights movement.  Participate in hands-on activities and games as we look at how the 19th century shaped the events of the mid-20th century.  Stay after the program for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance event, open to all ages! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov

8-14 yrs    $15 

RP9979.201

 B&O EC Station Museum

 Jan 15  9am-noon

Rentals

Do you need a unique meeting or event space?  Are you looking for a place to host a birthday party?  The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is available for rentals!  For more information on prices, times, and availability, please contact Museum Manager Jake Feirson at jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-2922.  Do you need a unique meeting or event space?  Are you looking for a place to host a birthday party?  The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is available for rentals!  For more information on prices, times, and availability, please contact Museum Manager Jake Feirson at jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-2922.  

Volunteers

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help fill our ranks!  If you have an interest in trains, museums, or sharing history with others, this is the place for you.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Museum Manager Jake Feirson at jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-2922.  

Photo Gallery

Please check out our historic photo page

Contact Us

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-313-1945

 

Site Manager
Jake Feirson, 410-313-2922 or jfeirson@howardcountymd.gov

Assistant Manager/Program Manager
Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov