Construction of Working Point, in photos
Working Point construction
Photo by David Hess
This year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the BMI's Working Point, a 90-ton outdoor sculpture by local artist David Hess, designed and fabricated using obsolete components from Baltimore industries.

To help tell the story of Working Point's construction, we gathered photos from the artist himself and from photographer Brian Ferraro. The photos tell a moving story of innovation, labor, and the people who make art and industry possible. They also help bring to life the sculpture's title: Working Point, a designated point used as a reference for measurements and calculations in architectural and construction drawings.

Thank you to artist David Hess and photographer Brian Ferraro for the generous use of these stunning photographs. And Happy Birthday, Working Point! Visit our outdoor campus to experience this artwork in person. 
Working Point construction
Photo by Brian Ferraro
Working Point construction
Photo by Brian Ferraro
Working Point construction
Photo by Brian Ferraro
Brewing beer, building community
Caroline Sisson
Caroline Sisson, Heavy Seas Beer events coordinator
At Baltimore-founded Heavy Seas Beer, family passion and community are key ingredients in the craft brewing process. Federal Hill resident Caroline Sisson works as events coordinator at Heavy Seas Beer---- a company founded by her father Hugh Sisson, an early advocate for brewpubs in Maryland and a long-time presence in Baltimore's craft brewing industry.

Growing up, Caroline didn't have much exposure to craft beer. During winter break of her senior year of college, Caroline came home to Baltimore and began working at the Heavy Seas brewery. During these weekend shifts, Caroline had her first real experience tasting Heavy Seas craft beers, recalling they were "full of flavor and character." After graduating college, she joined the Heavy Seas marketing department full time and recently celebrated her five-year anniversary in the craft beer industry.

Heavy Seas Beer will celebrate 22 years of business this December, and Caroline is deeply proud to be a part of the family business, explaining "To say it's a privilege to work for one of Baltimore's oldest and most well-known craft breweries is an understatement." Caroline's passion for planning Heavy Seas' events comes partly from her enjoyment of working with her father Hugh and seeing him do what he loves. "My dad is a very animated person, but he's also incredibly smart," she said. Events are also key opportunities for Heavy Seas to connect with their customers, and to proudly share their products and history. "The Heavy Seas brand is fearless, bold, and independent," Caroline explains ---- a clear extension of the energy and passion of its staff.

This Thursday, Dec 7, the BMI will present Local Beer & Wine Tasting in partnership with Heavy Seas Beer and with generous support from WYPR. Tastings will be led by Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Beer and local wine expert Al Spoler. Ticket sales close today, Monday December 4!  Register online now. *Only a few tickets remain! 
Heavy Seas logo
WYPR logo

Working on the weekend
Nick and Zoe are regulars at the BMI's weekly Weekend Workers program.
On a recent blustery Saturday morning, museum teacher Mike Kuethe could be found helping young visitors build paper rockets then use a high-powered air compressor to launch them towards a board with targets marked Mars and Moon. Nick, age 12, comes to the museum nearly every weekend to participate in Weekend Workers, the drop-in hands-on learning program taking place each Saturday. Included with admission, the activities vary from making a board game, to designing a race car to creating a working windmill. The activities all challenge children to use their imaginations while enhancing their understanding of engineering principles. Most of all, they are fun!

Zoe, age 9, just discovered the museum and was so inspired by the volunteer blacksmith in the Machine Shop that she has decided to become a blacksmith when she's older. 

With a Master's degree in History, Mike has been a museum teacher at the BMI for two years and recently took over the Weekend Workers program. "The work I did in graduate school exposed me to a wide range of historical topics, and my professors always encouraged me to think critically about the value of studying any given topic. That flexibility is important at the BMI because every program we offer engages our visitors in different ways," he says. "Sometimes we're talking about Baltimore in the nineteenth century and encouraging our visitors to think about working conditions, workers rights, and immigration. Other times I'll be teaching kids about electrical circuits or architecture and trying to get them to appreciate the principles of engineering. Just like in my graduate work, there's always something new, and we have to keep in mind the importance of each lesson."

Making air-powered rockets
Weekend programs educator Mike Kuethe teaches topics ranging from nineteenth-century Baltimore history to engineering principles.
He says the best part of managing Weekend Workers has been translating big ideas in science, technology, and social studies into fun activities for museum visitors. "Some of the best interactions I've had at Weekend Workers involved more than one generation discovering something new through the activity," he says.

Two upcoming programs are especially exciting: On December 16, program participants will make industrial jewelry, and on December 30 visitors can make art with long-exposure photography. Weekend Workers weekly themes can be found online and no reservations are needed to participate.
Give the holiday gift that lasts all year!
This holiday season give the gift that lasts all year ----museum membership! The recipient can utilize all the benefits that a BMI membership offers including:

  • Discounts to programs such as the upcoming local beer and wine tasting led by WYPR's Hugh Sisson and Al Spoler. 
  • Special invitations to exhibition openings like the current industrial art exhibition REINVENTION: The Work of Chris Bathgate and the February 2018 unveiling of the new transportation gallery.
  • Members-only tours of local industrial titans such as Domino Sugar and Pompeian Olive Oil, and the opportunity to observe local craftsmanship----for example, wooden beer tap handles made at Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning factory and on view next door at Monument City Brewing.  
  • (At the Anchor level or higher) free general admission at over 30 participating local museums, as well as museum partners across the country. Check out the benefits here.
  • And of course, free admission to the BMI for an entire year. 
Member tour

To purchase a membership online visit the membership page or email 
Upcoming Programs at the BMI
Beer bottle exhibit
Local Beer & Wine Tasting   Join Hugh Sisson & Al Spoler, co-hosts of Cellar Notes on WYPR, for an evening of local beer, wine, and fare pairings.  
WHEN  Thurs, Dec 7 / 6pm
COST  $35 members / $45 non-members / Advance registration required / Register  online *Only a few tickets left!

BMI wedding photo
Wedding Open House
  Find everything you need to plan the perfect event: caterers, DJs, florists, photographers, and more. Explore our beautiful and historic waterfront setting, ideal for your big day. No pre-registration required. Free on-site parking.
WHEN  Tues, Jan 9 / 5:30pm-8pm
COST  Free

Future City
Engineering Industry: Future City Career
Fair  Meet urban planners, builders, architects, and preservationists during the Maryland Engineering Challenge "Future City" competition for middle school students.
WHEN  Sat, Jan 20 / 11am-12:30pm
COST  Free

Fabric shears
Intro to Machine Sewing
  Join quilting instructor Mary Wahl for a beginners' workshop on using sewing machines. Sewing machines provided; bring your own fabric to make a tote bag. Space is limited. Ages 12+.
WHEN  Sun, Jan 28 / 11am-3:30pm with 30 min lunch break
COST  $45 non-members / $35 members / Advanced registration required / Register  online

Wee Workers graphic
Wee Workers  
Preschoolers will love this program just for them. Explore the museum's galleries through stories, songs, crafts, and pint-size tours with a weekly theme.
WHEN  Tuesdays / 10:30am-11:30am
COST  Kids: Free; Adults: $5; BMI Members: Free. Advance registration suggested, contact  or 410.727.4808 x132
UPCOMING THEMES  Dec 5 Movies / * Dec 12 Winter Holidays in Maryland *Last Wee Workers of 2017
Program recommences Jan 2, 2018.

Weekend Workers graphic
Weekend Workers  
It's all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them.
WHEN  Saturdays / 11am-2pm unless noted
COST  Free with museum admission
UPCOMING THEMES  Dec 9 Quilting for all ages / Dec 16 Design industrial jewelry / Dec 23 Create an air-powered rocket / Dec 30 Light art and photography
Baltimore Museum of Industry | |410.727.4808


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