Your Guide to Apartments in South Baltimore
The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) is basically a museum about work. Yes, in 1977, the mayor's office decided that the city was losing its industry heritage, and in 1981, a private non-profit education foundation was set up, and thus the birth of the museum.
Recognized as one of the nation's premier industrial centers, Baltimore is deserving of such a museum. Over 100,000 items from the working class and business owners fill the space of the building. The story of the museum is told by the displays of 200 years of Maryland's industrial heritage. A Model A telephone repair truck, a linotype machine, a treadle powered sewing machine and gas street lamps are a few of the examples of the exhibits here. There's also a wall of window that gives an excellent view of the inner harbor and a 1906 tug boat.
The BMI collections include artifacts from printing, metalworking, garment manufacturing, cargo-handling, ship-building, food processing, baking, machine tooling, banking, pharmaceuticals, and canning, as well as other Baltimore-related industries. Almost 200 pieces of historic industrial machinery, over 6,000 tools, over 10,000 workplace fixtures, and nearly 50,000 light bulbs are represented here! The Baltimore apartment industry - building, fixtures and light bulbs, can be comprised in some of these industries as well.
BMI is located in the Platt Oyster Cannery building, a historic structure built around 1870 that is in South Baltimore. The museum began a capital campaign in 1989 to fund the renovations that has made it a first class museum with fine exhibits that it is today.
You'll need to plan to visit the museum on the weekends if you work a full time job and then go home to your Baltimore apartment after 5 pm. The museum is only open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Except for Mondays, it is open every day of the year except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Day. Cost for admission is $10 for adults, and $6 for seniors, students and children.