What is the Irish Railroad Workers Museum?

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is a historic site in Baltimore Maryland that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore City in the late 1840's. The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002.  This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived. Two of the houses, 918 and 920 Lemmon St., are the museum.  The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is the centerpiece of a larger historical district that includes the B&O Railroad Museum, St. Peter the Apostle Church, the Hollins Street Market, and St. Peter the Apostle Cemetery.  The museum is a project of the Railroad Historical District Corporation, a non-profit organization. More...
After rave reviews, this bus tour is back!  Once again priced at a reasonable $20 per person, this tour is a wonderful way to learn about your Irish heritage and support the museum.  For those of you who dislike shopping, this tour makes an excellent early Christmas present.  The day will start at 10:00 am with a tour of the museum, and then a bus will leave for a tour of Immigration Park in Locust Point at 11:30am.  Lunch (on your own) will be served at J. Patrick's with the owner giving the history of J. Patrick's.  At 1:30 the bus will leave to tour other Irish Sites in the area before going to Fells Point to tour the Irish Heritage places there, including a stop for a beverage at an Irish Pub.  The bus will return to the museum at 3:00pm.

Visit the Museum
The museum is open for visitors Friday and Saturday from 11am-2pm, and Sunday from 1-4pm. Docents are availble for museum tours and to answer questions, and your museum visit includes a wonderful video documenting Baltimore Irish History. Guided neighborhood tours are periodically scheduled, and can be arranged on request.  See the Tours tab for more information or see the event list below.  For questions on tours or any museum related subject, please call (410) 347-4747 during museum hours, or (410) 669-8154 if the museum is closed.  


Register for Second Saturdays, and other Upcoming Museum Events
Join us for a variety of free Irish-inspired programs every second Saturday of the month. While you are welcome to just show up, registration is always appreciated for planning purposes.


920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore MD 21223     email: info@irishshrine.org