Learn the practical aspects of the Robot Challenge for the Maryland Engineering Challenges (MEC) in this virtual workshop hosted on Zoom. Work with engineers to explore design and construction aspects of this project. Especially helpful for first-time Coaches and/or those with little engineering experience.
Workplace Matters: Migrant Worker Women in Maryland's Crab Industry
Hear from Sulma Guzmán, Policy Director and Legislative Counsel at Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, about the impact that COVID has had on migrant worker women in Maryland's crab industry. This program will be recorded.
Join Senior Museum Educator Jack Burkert for a presentation on Baltimore's garment industry. The garment industry became the industrial powerhouse of the city during the second half of the 19th century, and dominated the men’s clothing business throughout the United States until its virtual disappearance more than one hundred years later.
Join the BMI educators for a virtual tour of the museum and accompanying hands-on activities on November 16th, or December 9th.
These sessions are great for small homeschool groups and individual families looking to learn more about Baltimore's industrial heritage. Students will have the opportunity to see our exhibits, view objects and videos of our working machinery, and interact directly with BMI staff.
Imagine: Only 10 visitors at a time in the entire museum!
We are now pleased to offer a private museum experience for our visitors!
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
Special discounts in the museum gift shop
Free onsite parking for the duration of your visit
Following CDC guidelines, the museum has created enhanced safety protocols including:
Requiring all staff, volunteers, and visitors age 2 and over to wear masks and maintain 6’ of social distance
Routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms
Installing hand sanitizer stations
Adding plexiglass barriers at check-in area
Temporarily removing touch boxes and other hands-on activities
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is home to artifacts, histories, and stories of workers who fueled Baltimore into an industrial hub and while the museum works to cover as much history as possible, some history is hidden deep within forgotten parts of the city, waiting to be discovered--that’s where community connections begin.
A Baltimore-based photographer, adventurer, and history lover, Evan Woodard’s fascination with the forgotten started at an early age. The abandoned and dilapidated buildings he would pass on road trips would peak his curiosity and as he got older, his curiosity turned into adventure. In the early 2000s Evan began visiting abandoned hospitals, power plants, and textile mills around the East Coast, honing his research skills to locate sites for relic hunting.
“Researching the sites and items is what really drives me to do this. It's a real-life puzzle that gives you such a rush when everything comes together and you pull out a rare relic or bottle!”
Left: A Baltimore Glass Works resurgam flask that Evan found in a privy dig in Upper Fell's Point.
Right: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of Evan's favorite exploration sites.
Evan not only researches the history behind his finds, he also cleans them up and has donated some to the BMI. He’s even started an antique bottle fundraiser to find homes for bottles that don’t meet the museum's criteria for collecting. In partnership with B.Willow, a Baltimore-based plant shop, Evan’s antique bottles will be sold with plant clippings provided by B. Willow, with proceeds donated to the BMI.
Evan’s love for history has led him on adventures all around the city. He brings the community on his journey by sharing his finds on his instagram and website.
BMI Farmers’ Market Coming to a Close
The BMI is fortunate to have a large outdoor campus that can serve as a community space. For more than a decade, our Farmers’ Market has served as a gathering space where local residents can support local businesses. This year, the importance of the Farmers’ Market was amplified by the emergence of COVID-19. As many businesses struggled with nationwide shutdowns, farmers’ markets became essential to small businesses and to those who wanted a safer outdoor option to shop.
This season, the BMI Farmers’ Market welcomed an average of 375 shoppers each Saturday, and we thank them and our vendors for remaining conscientious about maintaining social distance and wearing face coverings. We're grateful to real estate developer Dan Goodier for hosting the Farmers' Market on his lot a block away for the first few months, while COVID testing was taking place on our campus. Many thanks to LifeBridge Health for their generous support of the 2020 market season.
The market season ends on November 28, 2020. Until then, the BMI welcomes you to spend the next couple of Saturday mornings on the BMI’s campus, enjoying the waterfront views while shopping for fresh produce, local meat and eggs, oven-fresh sweets, bright flowers, tasty ready-to-eat treats, artisan items, and more.
We are able to offer many of our programs for free thanks to the generous support of our members and donors. Please consider making a donation or joining the BMI so we can continue doing so.