Museums in Howard County

African Art Museum

This expansive collection of African Art includes, masks, sculptured figures, textiles, basketry, jewelry, household items, and musical instruments.

11711 East Market Place Maple Lawn, MD 20759301-490-6070Visit website »Email »View location »

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

The oldest and most comprehensive historic American railroad collection in the U.S.

901 West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21223410-752-2490Visit website »View location »

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

The “Oldest Railroad Station in America” showcases and tells stories of the people who built and operated America’s first railroad.

2711 Maryland Avenue Ellicott City, MD 21043410-461-1945Visit website »View location »

Banneker Historical Park

This national landmark site was the farmstead of the original Banneker family. The 142-acre park is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Benjamin Banneker, the first African American Man of science.

300 Oella Avenue Oella, MD 21228410-887-1081Visit website »View location »

Bob’s BMW

The history of BMW motorcycles comes to life through this stunning collection of classic BMW’s and Steib sidecars housed in the Vintage Museum.

10720 Guilford Road Columbia/Jessup, MD 20794301-497-8949Visit website »View location »Bobs BMW

Ellicott City Colored School Restored

A one-room schoolhouse building constructed in 1880 as the first public school for black children in Howard County and in use as a school until the early 1950’s. Now houses a genealogical resource center and a museum chronicling the history of African Americans in Howard County.

8683 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Ellicott City Firehouse Museum

Located in the County’s first firehouse at the intersection of Main St. and Church Rd. in Historic Ellicott City, the Firehouse Museum houses a wide array of fire apparatus, model toys, and an impressive visual history of Howard County’s Volunteer Fire Department. The firehouse was constructed by volunteers in 1889 and after 1923 used as a meeting hall, county office space, and library reading room before opening as a museum. Visit the Firehouse Museum Saturday and Sunday at 1-4 PM, April through December. Private and group tours are available year-round, weather permitting.

3829 Church St. Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

Howard County Center for African American Culture

Learn about the history of African-Americans in Howard County though an exhaustive collection of fascinating artifacts and stories. The museum houses a collection of over 1,000 artifacts and murals representing African American life in rural Howard County in the early 1900s and memorabilia depicting images of African Americans over the last 200 years.

5434 Vantage Point Road Columbia, MD 21044410-715-1921Visit website »View location »

Howard County Historical Society Museum

The Museum is home to hundreds of objects that tell the story of Howard County’s history from before European settlement to recent events. From mills and businesses to homes, Native Americans to today’s diverse population, the railroad to the automotive age, the HCHS Museum has something to explore. Now open Sundays through summer months. Fri-Sunday, 1-5.

8328 Court Avenue Ellicott City, MD 21043410-480-3250Visit website »View location »

Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

Preserving the agricultural way of life through hands-on programs and displays.

12985 Frederick Road West Friendship, MD 21794410-489-2345Visit website »View location »

Howard County Police Department Museum

A museum dedicated to the history of law enforcement in Howard County, Maryland.


April 1st—Sept 30th:
Fri—Sat,  11AM—6PM
Sun, 11AM—4PM

October 1st—March 31st:
Fri—Sun,  11AM—4PM

Group tours can be arranged by appointment

8267 Main St Ellicott City, MD 21043Visit website »Email »

Patapsco Female Institute Historical Park

Features the stabilized ruin of one of the most famous schools for girls in 19th century America.

3655 Church Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »

The Howard County Welcome Center

The Howard County Tourism and Promotion Welcome Center is now in a renovated space accessed directly from Main Street in the Ellicott City Historic District. Speak with knowledgeable staff members about highglights and attractions, enjoy a comfortable lounge area, explore brochures which offer countywide information, discover informational panels detailing the history of the Patapsco Valley, and more!

8267 Main Street Ellicott City, MD 210431-800-288-TRIP (8747)Visit website »View location »

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

An 18th-century living history site that was once a mill workers residence and AME Church.

Corner of Main Street and Ellicott Mills Drive Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-5131Visit website »View location »