Last updated: 3/14/2014
Middle River, Maryland
Street Address
701 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
Mailing Address
701 Wilson Point Road
Hangar 5, Suite 531
Middle River, MD 21220
phone: 410-682-6122
web: www.mdairmuseum.org/
Hours
The Museum is located at historic Martin State Airport in Middle River, built by the Martin Company. Call our Events Hotline at 410-682-6199.
Wednesday - Saturday11 AM - 3 PM
Admissions
There may be an additional charge for special programs.
General Admission: $3
Children (6-12): $1
Children under 5: Free
Staff
Description

The admission entitles visitors to explore the main Museum and adjacent Gallery and receive a guided tour of the airplanes in the flight line at Strawberry Point. On certain days the Restoration Gallery is also available to visitors over 18 years old.

Between the years 1909 and 1960, The Glenn L. Martin Company produced over 80 different types of aircraft totalling more than 11,000 planes, including dozens of Boeing B-29s (50 of which were the "Atomic Bombers" including Enola Gay and Bockscar). Beginning in the 1950s, the company ventured into missiles, space and electronics and, since the Lockheed merger in 1995, has now reestablished itself as a prominent aerospace manufacturer.

Moving from Los Angeles to Cleveland and then to Baltimore in 1928, Glenn Martin bought over 1,260 acres in the Baltimore suburb of Middle River and built some of the most modern aircraft manufacturing plants of its time. Huge facilities sprang up including an airport (with hangars and terminal) and several communities that still exist.

Mission

The Museum's purpose is to maintain an educational institution dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and documentation of aviation and space history in Maryland, namely, the contributions of Glenn L. Martin and his successful company. Operated by dedicated volunteers, the Museum is active in the cultural life of surrounding communities and has begun to extend its activities state-wide. The Museum is certified by the U.S. Navy and Army. All funds required for the acquisition, restoration, maintenance, and display of museum material are derived from individual and corporate donations. Members of the Museum share a desire to preserve aviation history and we welcome all those who share the same interests.

History

Home to the world's oldest airport, three major aircraft manufacturers and many smaller ones, the first commuter airline, and countless other aviation innovations, Maryland has a rich aviation and space heritage in danger of loss (see information on the new museum initiative).

The Museum has collected over a dozen aircraft, thousands of reels of motion picture films, plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools, and components; and a gigantic indexed collection of more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs. These archives have supported documentary films and numerous publications. Without the efforts of the Museum, these research materials would not be available to the public; many of the collection's artifacts would have been destroyed. But much remains to be preserved and the collection is growing.

Artifact Collections
  • engineering drawings
  • photographs
  • Martin Star magazines
  • models
  • paintings
  • aircraft
  • engines
  • Educational Programs

    The Museum's educational efforts seek to inspire visitors - particularly young people. The Museum's core exhibits are supplemented by rotating displays. The Museum's educational mission provides a superb monthly SPEAKER SERIES featuring notable speakers on important aerospace topics. Thousands of visitors have toured the Museum or attended the lectures. They include school groups, aviation enthusiasts and professionals, veterans, and senior citizens. For additional information on educational programs call us at 410-682-6122.

    Governance

    Founded in 1990, The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is a private, non-profit, tax exempt Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) corporation.

    Library

    ARCHIVES

    The Mueeum's extensive collection is open to researchers, by appointment. Call 410-682-6122 or send us an EMAIL.

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

    Appointment required: Yes

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

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