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918-920 Lemmon St.
Baltimore, MD 21223

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Museum Hours

ALERT!! Baltimore City has recently imposed an indoor mask mandate. As a result we are not going by our normal schedule, but are having group tours by request. Do you have a group you would like to bring? Send us an email at info@irishshrine.org . We will also announce special events on Saturdays, including Zoom events and walking tours. These might include a bit of indoor Museum time, and we will follow Baltimore City policy, of course.

These special events are being announced on our Visits/Events button above...see " In Person and Virtual Events" . Thanks for your flexibility and patience.

A Note from our Board of Directors:
The Irish Railroad Workers Museum (the “Museum”) is committed to the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. The Museum asks that you review the COVID-19 Policy prior to arrival.  The Museum follows the advice of the CDC and complies with all Baltimore City requirements and/or restrictions regarding COVID-19 safety.  Please check prior to any planned visit to determine if there have been any changes.

Please refrain from visiting if you recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed, or are exhibiting symptoms.

The Museum is cleaning and sanitizing its public spaces, including the restrooms, regularly.  Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Museum, including in restrooms.

Parking

Free street parking is usually available near the museum.

Costs

There is no formal admission fee to visit The Irish Railroad Workers Museum! We do encourage donations to the Museum as part of our visit, and each of our buildings has a place to receive them. Guided tours of the museum, during regular Museum hours, are included in your visit. Docents are always on duty, excited to lead you through the museum or answer questions.

Docent led tours of the Museum are also available seven days a week for your group of 6 or more. Contact us to propose a date and time that will work for your group, and we will respond and plan your visit with you. We request a $5 donation per person for these special arrangements.

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What to See on Your Visit

When you visit the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, you’ll step back in time to see how Irish immigrants lived and worked.  Step into the home of the Feeley family, who made their way to Baltimore during the Great Hunger, also known as the Irish Potato Famine. When you enter the museum, you will experience the home life of this Irish immigrant family.

James Feeley worked at the B&O Railroad, just a few blocks from their home.  Sarah Feeley worked as a washerwoman in addition to managing the household.  

Our Museum displays highlight workplaces for both women and men, their parish life, and leisure time in the pubs of the era.

Our "Passage Room" illuminates our understanding of the Irish immigrant experience as they made the perilous journey to Baltimore, showing the hardships of the journey to America.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of how Irish immigrants came to America and contributed to the melting pot it is today.

Walking Tours of a Nineteenth Century
Irish Neighborhood

Take a tour of the community where Irish Immigrants established new lives!

General Public Walking Tours:

Scheduled walking tours are offered to the general public 3-4 times a year, on a date that our Museum is open to the public. These are promoted via social media.

Tour Group Walking Tours:

Tour groups may also contact us for special arrangements, if their group needs to come on a particular date and time. These walking tours can be set up for your group of 10 or more. Contact us using the form below or at at tours@irishshrine.org to propose a date and time that will work for your group, and we will respond and plan your visit with you. We request a $5 donation per person for these special arrangements.

How do these Walking Tours work?

We meet at the corner of W. Pratt and Poppleton Streets., where America’s first “passenger and freight” railroad was established. Free street parking is normally available within a block or so of our gathering spot.  We begin our tour with a narration about the major role of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in neighborhood life, a visit to our Museum Mural, and continue to the Lemmon Street houses. We then head north on Poppleton Street to visit St. Peter’s Church and School, and finish a few blocks west at Hollins Market.

Do these Walking Tours include a visit to St. Peter’s Cemetery?

Not usually; we typically visit the cemetery once a year, “caravan-style” after our annual “Irish Wake” presentation in October. This visit is promoted via social media.

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Questions regarding private group tours or general museum information?
Please contact us via email: info@irishshrine.org with this form:

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