Join the BMI educators for a virtual tour of the museum and accompanying hands-on activities. These sessions are great for small homeschool groups and individual families looking to learn more about Baltimore’s industrial heritage. Each session is an hour, and will be hosted in live Zoom sessions. Students will have the opportunity to see our exhibits, view objects and videos of our working machinery, and interact directly with BMI staff.
Baltimore’s Brewing Industry – Past, Present & Future
What kind of work goes into brewing beer? How have Baltimore brewers adapted during the pandemic? Join Theresa MuCulla, Curator of the American Brewing History Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and local craft brewers for a conversation about working in Baltimore’s brewing industry.
Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age: 19th Century, Century of Change
Join BMI Senior Educator Jack Burkert will present the history of Baltimore in the 19th century and its rise as an industrial city. When the 19th century opened, a few villages destined to become Baltimore were modest centers of trade. At first dependent on Europe for both trade and financing, these villages left behind their agrarian roots as immigrants flowed in, village centers merged and Baltimore became an important business and industry center.
Opening the first week of October, Women of Steel celebrates the stories of the women who worked at the Bethlehem Steel mill in Sparrows Point, Baltimore. Starting prior to World War II, women fought for their place in the mill, enduring discrimination, sexual harassment, and childcare challenges as they toiled for a paycheck that was higher than they could earn elsewhere.
Originally designed for the museum’s temporary gallery, Women of Steel has been transformed in the face of the pandemic. The exhibit will now be mounted on the fence along the museum’s Key Highway campus to encourage visitors to explore these remarkable stories while having a safe museum experience.
BMI staff members discussing content in February for the Women of Steel exhibition, opening in early October.
Staff members from nearly every department collaborated on the exhibit, which features first-person narrative quotes and photos, and encourages visitors to put themselves in a virtual hard-hat to contemplate what they would do if they were faced with the same issues while doing dirty and dangerous work
The exhibition was made possible through gifts from Tradepoint Atlantic, PNC Bank, Robert Patterson, The Macht Fund of the Associated, and Alvin & Louise Myerberg Family Foundation. Thanks to our lenders Bill Barry, Jennifer Bishop, and Dena Whitener. Special thanks to Deborah Rudacille, Mark Reutter, Bill Barry, Karen Olson, Michelle Stefano, and Bill
Shewbridge, whose research provided the source material for the quotes featured in the Exhibition. The exhibition will be up through the spring of 2021.
Since the BMI closed its doors in March in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19, museum staff members have worked to develop new ways to keep visitors connected with the museum. Offering online conversations about topics from worker safety to craft beer, reimagining wedding ceremonies with only a dozen guests present, and more.
Visit...And Have the Museum All to Yourself
The BMI will soon offer an intimate museum experience, opening by appointment only. This offers a safer visiting opportunity while also providing a rare private experience to see the museum like never before. Look for an email SOON to reserve your time slot and you and your group will receive exclusive access to the museum for 90 minutes. Enjoy the museum experience without anyone else visiting during your dedicated time slot. Receive 15% off all purchases made in our gift shop during your visit.
In addition to private museum tours, our on-site research center is open by appointment only. For details on our research center schedule and fees
New for Fall 2020, the BMI will offer two special wedding options for couples who can't wait 'til 2021! To tour the museum and learn more about these wedding packages click here.
For Parents, Teachers, and Parents who are suddenly teachers
September typically kicks off field trip season at the BMI, but with most learning taking place from home this fall, the education team launched a new suite of digital group experiences for school groups, families and seniors. Explore the stories of Baltimore’s past using today’s technology.
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.