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WWI Commemorated Memorial Day Weekend at the B&O Railroad Museum

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Baltimore, MD – Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 27, visitors to the B&O Railroad Museum will experience the opening of a new temporary WWI exhibit showcasing the role of B&O Railroad employees, plus several programs and activities for all ages during this weekend of Gratitude!

ALL MILITARY receive FREE ADMISSION on Memorial Day; Blue Star Families receive FREE ADMISSION Memorial Day – Labor Day!

Friday, May 24:

  • See the one and only Maryland Merci Car, one of 49 wooden boxcars that made up the Merci Train, exhibited in the center of the B&O’s Roundhouse turntable. The Merci Train was a big thank you from France after WWII for all the gifts and donations that Americans gave to France for their liberation.
  • Watch the power of one person move the Maryland Merci Car via a Roundhouse turntable demonstration at 12 Noon.
  • Explore First to Fight: Railroaders in WWI, a new temporary exhibit depicting WWI through the gaze of the railroaders who were instrumental in an allied victory.

Saturday, May 25:

  • Help support Operation Gratitude’s“Socks for Soldiers” from May 25 - July 14 (Bastille Day). Soldiers need new, black crew length socks, single packs of sanitary wipes, 1 oz. sunscreen packs, and individual bags of beef jerky. Visitors and supporters of the B&O may donate these needed items to the “Socks for Soldiers” campaign. The B&O will place all collected items and display them inside the Maryland Merci Car, where visitors can see how their efforts will help the basic needs of our military. The goal is to fill the gratitude car one more time – this time for American troops!
  • Swing Dance demonstration at 12:30pm by MobtownBallroom dance instructors and performers. For one-hour visitors can watch or learn how to swing dance, a type of dancing that became popular during the war.
  • Victory Garden kits that kids can plant and take home. Victory Gardens were encouraged by the U.S. government to help increase with food production during the war and were frequently planted along railroad corridors.
  • Sofi's Crepes will be serving from 11:30am – 3pm six different varieties of delicious French crepes!
  • First to Fight: Railroaders in WWI

Sunday, May 26:

  • Operation Gratitude “Socks for Soldiers” campaign to help fill the Maryland Merci Car!
  • Victory Garden kits that kids can plant and take home. 
  • First to Fight: Railroaders in WWI

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 – the B&O Museum is OPEN:

  • Meet Camden, WBAL TV's Puppy with a Purpose, 10am - 11am. Camden has been training to serve a military veteran and will soon meet her goal. Don't miss meeting Camden as we honor military service on this special morning.

First to Fight: Railroaders in WWI

  • FREE ADMISSION for all active and inactive military personnel. Blue Star Families receive free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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The B&O Railroad Museum, a full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. The Museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere including an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. The 40-acre historic site is regarded as the birthplace of American Railroading and includes the 1851 Mt. Clare Station, the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse and first mile of commercial railroad track in America. For further information on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, please call 410-752-2490 or visit

B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21223 / 410-752-2490
Admission: $20 adults, $17 seniors (60+), $12 children (ages 2-12)
Free Admission for all military personnel on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019.
Blue Star Families receive free admission
Memorial Day through Labor Day, May 27 – September 2, 2019

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