This is the story of the Beth Steel shipyards, first of the ship building legacy they inherited and then how the employees and the company continued designing, building, repairing and converting ships until the virtual end of commercial shipbuilding in America in the 1980s.
This is a members-only program. Interested in becoming a BMI member? Click Here.
Learn how Baltimore makers responded to COVID-19 pandemic through the crowdsourced personal protective equipment (PPE) drive Makers Unite!, and discuss how makerspaces and mutual aid models can address critical social issues in Baltimore.
You and your group will enjoy having the museum galleries and exhibits to yourselves for a full 90 minutes to self-tour and explore in a safe and socially distanced manner. Book your experience today and enjoy:
Access for your group of up to 10 family members/friends
10% discount in the museum gift shop
Free onsite parking for the duration of your visit
On Saturday, May 15th, the BMI’s Farmers’ Market will kick off its 12th season as a gathering space for community members and small businesses alike. Deemed an essential business during COVID-19, the market remains an accessible spot providing local residents with an outdoor option to shop, and local entrepreneurs an opportunity to connect with customers. Join us from 9AM - 1PM each Saturday for fresh produce, local meat and eggs, oven-fresh bread and sweets, bright flowers, tasty ready-to-eat treats, and artisan items.
Enjoy ample parking for bikes and cars and plenty of seating with water views. And be sure to see the Women of Steel exhibition located along the museum’s fence facing Key Highway near the campus entrance.
The BMI will continue to prioritize the health of visitors and vendors by following health guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings. To learn more about the Farmers’ Market and this year's vendors,click here.
Thank you to LifeBridge Health for their generous support of the 2021 market season.
Valencia's Produce at the 2020 BMI Farmers' Market.
Women of Steel Exhibit Extended
Originally set to close in April, the BMI’s outdoor exhibition, Women of Steel, will now remain open through October 2021. As a part of the BMI’s multi-year Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, Women of Steel celebrates the women who worked at the Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point Mill in Baltimore from the 1930s until the mill closed in 2012.
Hear about the experiences of former steelworkers in their own words using the exhibit’saudio companion. Featuring oral history excerpts from theMill Storiesdocumentary, this audio guide is accessible from your mobile device on-site or from the comfort of your own home. You can also watch previous BMI programs featuring some of the women in the exhibit on theBMI youtube page.
Located on the museum’s fence along Key Highway, Women of Steel is free of charge and allows for social distancing and open-air exploration.
Meet Nae Bailey,
BMI Intern and Audio Editor
Last fall the BMI participated in Goucher College’s inaugural micro-internship program, which seeks to provide students with real-world work experiences in an entirely virtual setting. We welcomed Nae Bailey, a communications major in her senior year, as an intern in our education department. Working closely with community programs manager Auni Gelles, Nae created the audio companion to the Women of Steel exhibition and also helped film "South Baltimore: In the Shadow of Industry"videos with Baltimore Heritage.
"I was so pleased to host Nae as a virtual intern last fall, when in-person professional development opportunities for students were very limited and we had reached our capacity to generate original digital projects in-house,” says Auni.
“The internship program provided Nae with real-world experience in audio editing and enabled the museum to offer a new, free, easily accessible audio dimension to our first outdoor exhibition."
Nae will be receiving her degree in communications and Mass Media this May. For her future career goals, Nae is interested in becoming a content creator, video editor and audio producer for major companies, labels, and film houses-- but before she is hard at work, we hope she enjoys her first summer as a college graduate!
Save the date: Author Alec MacGillis on Amazon’s Impact on the U.S.
Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Wednesday, June 2 at 7PM for an evening with Baltimore-based journalist Alec MacGillis. He will discuss his new book, “Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America,” with local bookseller and community organizer Sefu Chikelu.
Alec MacGillis’s Fulfillment is a literary investigation of the America that falls within Amazon’s growing shadow. As MacGillis shows, it’s sprawling network of delivery hubs, data centers, and corporate campuses epitomizes a land where winner and loser cities and regions are drifting steadily apart, the civic fabric is unraveling, and work has become increasingly rudimentary and isolated.
Free to all. The program format/location will be announced in May. Learn morehere.
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