Local history full steam ahead at the Gaithersburg Community Museum! Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex in Olde Towne, Gaithersburg, Maryland, the museum bridges Gaithersburg’s past and present through exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages. The Freight House, the Caboose and the Budd Car feature permanent and changing exhibits exploring Gaithersburg’s rich history and hands-on learning centers for children that spark the imagination. The Station is an active commuter stop and houses the complex’s dining and restroom facilities. History Park, an outdoor interpretive space, and the ever-popular rolling stock, with a 1918 Buffalo Creek and Gauley #14 Steam Locomotive, a 1950s Budd Car and a C&O Railroad Bay Window Caboose, complete the complex. All of this is located alongside an active set of railroad tracks! With any luck, during your visit you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of the CSX, Amtrak and MARC trains that frequently rumble past the Museum.
Located nearby is Observatory Park, home to the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory, which operated from 1899 to 1982. It was one of six located around the globe that measured the wobble of the earth on its polar axis. These measurements were used to aid in navigation. The park includes the restored Observatory and an interpretive public space that highlights the importance of the scientific work conducted in Gaithersburg for nearly a century.
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