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Maryland Science Center at Inner Harbor features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy. The sprawling center includes a planetarium as well as an observatory, adding to its already impressive facilities. Of more local interest is the Chesapeake Bay estuary exhibit, which features several tanks of live creatures. Packages that include tickets to the IMAX theater are available.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was once one of the most important freight and passenger lines in the country. The museum, located in a converted switching yard west of downtown, was the final destination for dozens of the steam locomotives and diesel engines that traveled along that railroad. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard and inspect the giant machines, many of which are kept in a restored house that also holds a wealth of historical displays and railroad memorabilia.
This unusual museum called Baltimore Streetcar Museum, pays tribute to the streetcars that once dominated the city's thoroughfares. Hundreds of people—tourists and locals alike, visit each year to ride a streetcar, explore the museum's many displays, or enjoy a carhouse tour. Founded in 1966, the museum also shows a free film that traces the streetcar's evolution. A gift shop sells related memorabilia.