Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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COVID Safety at the Museum: Masks must be worn inside the exhibit area & also on the outdoor flightline. Social distancing required. The Security Team at the airport entrance has a Covid-19 screening questionnaire for everyone entering the airport, "yes" answers will result in denied entry. The Museum preserves and exhibits Maryland's aviation and aerospace contributions, and provides educational and entertaining indoor exhibits and outdoor flightline and education programs designed to inspire and uplift the mind, imagination, and spirit. Exhibits include those on aviation pioneer Glenn L. Martin and his aircraft manufacturing company, the WWII homefront, Maryland astronauts, and the Maryland Air National Guard. Public visiting hours in 2020 are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 11am -3pm, other days available by appointment, Admission $5 for Adults and $3 for Children 11 yrs old and younger. For the October 17, 2020 Open Cockpit Day - Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
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EDDIE APPLEFELD
Baltimore, MD371 contributions
This was my first visit to this museum. Opened in 1993, and open Wednesday thru Saturday year round, adult admission is $5.00. Lots of aviation history here, including 16 older airplanes. A guided tour is preferred. I learned about Glenn L. Martin.
Written 31 August 2019
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Thank you for visiting. We enjoyed sharing stories of Maryland aviation and the Museum with you and appreciated your help in spreading the word about what the Museum offers. Much has happened since your visit and the Museum was closed for much pf this year due to Covid's impact on tourism. I am pleased to share that the Museum is now reopened for visitors on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 3pm and other days by appointment. Thanks for visiting!
Written 3 October 2020
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Steve R
Baltimore, United States10 contributions
Very nice museum showing Glenn L. Martin Aviation throughout it's existence. Even the area where the museum is located is tied to aviation, such as road names like Aileron Way and Rudder Rd.
There is a static display of older planes and jets also.
Written 7 August 2019
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Thank you for visiting! Glenn L. Martin assisted during World War II with the creation of the communities surrounding his aircraft manufacturing plant and to name streets based on aviation elements was a natural. 70 some years later those street names provide a nice thematic road trip for visitors to the Museum. During the holiday season this year, the Museum train and plane holiday garden exhibit titled Martinville, based on surrounding communities, will be open. We hope you will return for another visit.
Written 3 October 2020
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Bruce L
Laurel, MD347 contributions
This is a relatively small aviation museum with a lot of stuff in a small space. It was exciting to learn about airplanes which were actually built in Maryland. I never dreamed so many were built in MD. We also drove around back to look at the airplanes which were stored outside. As an engineer I found it all assassinating.
Written 5 August 2019
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Thanks, Bruce for sharing your visit. The Museum is fortunate to have three aircraft built by the Glenn L. Martin Company at the site of what is now Lockheed Martin. We look forward to a future expanded facility for the Museum where its aircraft collection will have an indoors exhibit space. Thanks for visiting.
Written 3 October 2020
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Viking1947
Middletown, MD36 contributions
Solo
I initially approached this museum to do research on Vanguard, the early US satellite project. I soon discovered that it houses a rich collection of aerospace history, stretching from the early days of aviation, through the space shuttle. Housed on the property of the plant that built the original China Clipper seaplane airliners and modified the Titan ICBMs that launched the two man Gemini spacecraft, I found many exhibits that tell the story of aviation pioneer, Glenn L. Martin, and the dynamic company he built. There is a section devoted to the giant seaplanes Martin built for the Navy and the B-26 Marauder bombers that rolled off the assembly line in WWII. Of particular interest to younger visitors, there is an exhibit on the role played by women in these efforts; the Rosie Riveters who opened new fields for women in industry. Museum admission includes access to the collection of aircraft which includes the F-100, B-57, F-105, A-4, and a rare Martin 404 airliner, among others. They have a variety of programs geared to children and young adults and hold several "open cockpit" days, every year. There is also a speakers series (open to US citizens only, because it is held in the nearby auditorium of defense contractor, Lockheed-Martin) the most recent of which presented NASA astronaut, Dr. Tom Jones, speaking on Project Apollo.
I strongly suggest visiting their website before planning a visit. They close at three in the afternoon, most days, and the website also lists events like those I listed above. If you have an interest in aerospace history, I highly recommend you check this place out. Guys who, later, founded other aviation giants like Boeing, North American, Bell, and LTV, all started out working as engineers for Glenn L. Martin.
Written 3 July 2019
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Thank you so much for sharing your visit's discoveries at the Museum last year and for using the Museum as a research resource. Many thanks for promoting its activities and events. This 2020 event schedule has been impacted by Covid, with much cancelled or postponed until next year. I am pleased to share that on Saturday October 17, 11am - 2pm, the Museum is finally able to be having its one and only 2020 Open Cockpit Day. Thanks for visiting!
Written 3 October 2020
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Joppa_MDChocoholic
Middle River, MD105 contributions
Couples
This was our first visit. We brought our 2 grandsons, age 11 and 13. My friend also brought her 11 year old grandson. The boys really enjoyed looking at the historical photos and artifacts that were displayed, along with models of the airplanes that would be seen during our tour on the tarmac later that morning. The museum provides a wonderful history of Middle River and its importance in early aviation history. Once you are finished with the interior exhibits, a tour guide is assigned to you. We followed him out to the parking lot to our vehicle and he led us through a secure area to the tarmac where the planes were displayed. We all enjoyed hearing the history of each helicopter and plane told by the knowledgeable guide and seeing the planes up close. They also offer cockpit tours the third Saturday in July, August and September, and we will come back to see the interior of these amazing planes.
Written 2 July 2019
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Thank you for sharing your visit and apologies for the delay in thanking you for your feedback. We are pleased that you and your teens enjoyed exploring the history and seeing the aircraft. Thanks
Written 3 October 2020
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Bill B
Bel Air, MD7,542 contributions
Friends
A special event for this Father's Day weekend at the Museum drew us there for the first time. The AirPower History Tour of the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force was a once in a lifetime opportunity since only a couple restored planes exist. Our father was a navigator/bombardier on the B29, so in a way the visit was his father's day gift to us. Of course Martin's played a major role in producing the planes, so it was a fitting stop for the tour. Being able to climb up inside the cramped cockpit was a sobering experience. After seeing the B29 and B24 we examined the 2-room museum that documented the Martin's history including everything from hiring women to sponsoring sports teams. Numerous model planes and missiles were well labeled. Interesting to see posters describing early commercial flights. Normally there is a permanent display of real planes, but with the extra staff and volunteers needed for the B29/B24 event, we got a rain check to come back and see those. Another chance to go over the fine details of all the displays
Written 15 June 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience. The contribution of your dad during the war is very much appreciated. We collect family stories to help us present the human interest story to accompany the engineering, technical aircraft information. The Museum would welcome to include your dad's story and if you have info you could share, please send his story to the Museum. We look forward to seeing you on your rain check visit.
Written 16 June 2019
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organicprof
Baltimore, Maryland196 contributions
There are several rooms describing the aviation industry around Baltimore in the 1930's and early 1940's. The Glenn L. Martin company became part of Martin Marietta and eventually part of Lockheed Martin. There're fascinating photos and descriptions of the recruiting to work in the airplane industry in WWII. A volunteer will take you out to a little used runway and discuss the 10-12 old planes anchored there.
This museum suffers from a lack of advertising and visibility. It's by the merest chance that I heard of this museum; they have a speaker series and one of the speakers was publicized on a Baltimore list-serv. The museum is a small corner of the Glenn L. Martin airport, and the guard post looks quite forbidding. I had to get out of the car and go up to the booth to speak to the guard. In fact she was very pleasant and pointed me to the large building nearby. But the museum is just one of many "tenants" in the building, and above the door is an advertisement for a flying school, confusing at first. You have to look at the glass entry way to see the Museum sign. But it's a great find, only $5/adult. They also have a grea First Flight program for 6-12th graders who have never flown in a plane. The kids can apply online to be taken up in a small plane; they have to have a C average or better in school!
Written 11 November 2018
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Thank you for visiting the Museum and apologies for not following up sooner. We appreciate your feedback on your visit. I am pleased to share that there are now 16 aircraft on the outdoor flightline. We are working to make the Museum more visible so folks know of its exhibits and events, using social media, direct contact with schools, advertising in the Maryland Tourism Guide, Youtube Channel and utilizing other PR resources. The Museum has now reopened on a limited schedule from its Covid closing and preparing to open two new exhibits, one being the Martinville Train and Plane Christmas Garden exhibit. Thank you for mentioning the First Flight program as it is a wonderful introduction to flying for students. Sadly we were not able to offer it this year due to Covid but look forward to resuming it and the Museum's other impacted events and programs in 2021.We hope you will visit again.
Written 3 October 2020
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Orville H
Middle River, MD15 contributions
Family
Nice exhibit of aircraft history from our local manufacturer here in Middle River; great for the younger generations who are not aware of the local history. Lots of Grandparents and Great Grandparents who made major contributions to the Glenn L. Martin Company which became world famous for their quality of aircraft manufacturing. Nice visit for those who once lived here and have since relocated to bring back old memories.
Written 22 January 2018
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Thank you for visiting the Museum and sharing your visitor experience. The Museum works to educate the many young visitors not knowledgeable on the aviation history in their own "backyard" so that the legacy of Mr. Martin and his employees lives on for many decades to come. And when folks visit who lived in Middle River, we always appreciate hearing their stories on the aviation community's past as that helps us to enhance the information we share with visitors. We hope you will return for another visit after February's renovations of exhibits.
Written 23 January 2018
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EDDIE APPLEFELD
Baltimore, MD371 contributions
Friends
Many locals do not know about this museum...it's located on the grounds of the Martin airport...if you like any aspect of aviation, then get yourself down here...you can board old aircraft and learn about the history of aviation
Written 3 December 2017
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Thank you for sharing the news about the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum. 2018 is planned to be an exciting year for the Museum as it undergoes a transformation of the main exhibit gallery with new exhibits and the addition of technology to tell the story. Visits to the flightline of airplanes are not currently available and when those resume, news will be posted on the Museum's new website. The annual Martinville Christmas Train Garden is up and running for visitors and the stories of Maryland's aviation history continues to be shared with visitors. We hope you will visit in the spring for the ribbon cutting of the newly transformed exhibits.
Written 20 December 2017
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gcoberly
Glenville, WV19 contributions
Family
My mother Ruby Coberly, worked at GLM from 1942 thru 1945. Going to the "big city" from the rural center of West Virginia was eye-opening back then, but her experience at working for a salary was key to her future and a massive step forward for American Culture. Never again did women's participation in the workforce fall to pre-War levels.
The museum director, who opened just for us on a Monday, was very kind and allowed us to view the displays (including one about Rosie the Riveters) at our own pace. He could not have been more hospitable, and took us to see the planes at the airfield at the conclusion.
Currently, with Thanks! Plain & Simple, we are establishing a bell memorial, WV Rosie the Riveter Bell, in Glenville. Through Thanks! we have met several Rosies who worked at GLM. Think of it - they were all from the same state and all worked at the same company 75 years ago, but never met until now!
We hope to include Glenn L. Martin Museum into the dedication of our bell in the Spring. And we hope to visit again some day, too.
Written 28 November 2017
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Thank you for visiting and sharing your mother's Rosie story. We hope you enjoyed the Rosie exhibit and the exhibit panel that featured members of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. The chapter meets at the museum regularly in non-winter months. When these gals first met 20 years ago, there was an instant comradery due to the universal experiences they shared as Rosies. The next time you plan to visit the Museum, contact the Baltimore Rosie Chapter through the Museum contact as perhaps they may be able to meet with you and share Martin stories when your mother worked at Martins.
Written 20 December 2017
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Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River

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Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM