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.

Free Special Event on December 8th
Irish History Lecture: Baltimore Irish from 1800 to 1860
Wayne Schaumburg is a well known Baltimore historian, and his lecture promises to be both interesting and educational. Join us on Saturday, December 8th 2007 for this free special event beginning at 11:30 am.
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.


More Upcoming Second Saturdays
Join us for a variety of free Irish-inspired programs. 
  • Jan. 14 � Famous Irish Baltimoreans � A talk and slide presentation by Wayne Schaumburg.
  • Feb. 11 � House of the Winans Family � by Edward Heimiller. This up and coming star was the speaker at the Christmas Orianda House Celebration.
  • March 10 � Irish Music � Carol and Dave Erhardt and Margo Harvey. These worthies always put on a pleasing performance.
  • April 14 � Folk Tales of Ireland � Barbara Woodey
  • May 12 � Laundry Day � Scrub, rinse and hang up laundry
  • June 9 � Irish in the War of 1812 � Denny Lynch and Cathi Brooks
  • July & August � No Program (go to Ireland)
  • Sept. 8 � An Irish wake
  • Oct. 13 � Irish in the Alleys � Mary Ellen Hayward (this knowledgeable 3 times author always delights).
  • Nov. 10 � Enjoy the Irish Festival at the Timonium Fairgrounds.
  • Dec. 8 � Christmas with the Feeleys, Irish Christmas Traditions.

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