Mission: To collect, preserve, and interpret the industrial and technological heritage of the baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibits that explore the stories of maryland's industries and the people who created and worked in them.
Programs: Education and public programs: in fy17 over 102,000 people (adults and children) visited the museum. The bmi offers 10 curriculum-based education programs for children. In fy17, the museum provided a total of 92,317 educational services to students, teachers, and chaperones. The museum also offered a total of 118 public programs to the general public, including lectures, hands-on activities, family programs, special thematic tours, and early childhood education programming. Finally, the museum sponsors the maryland engineering challenges, a series of annual stem education competitions for grades 1-12. In fy17, a total of 771 students participated in the engineering challenges in teams organized by their schools to undertake specific engineering problem solving activities.
museum collections, archives, and exhibitions: the museum presents a wide range of exhibitions that document and interpret the history of maryland industry, business, and commerce from the early-19th century to the present. In fy17, the museum displayed more than two dozen long-term exhibitions, and its temporary gallery hosted several short-term exhibitions, including not yet lost! " the art of maryland sign painters and "then and now: baltimore in the public eye. " the museum's archival collections contain over 10,000 linear feet of records from dozens of maryland businesses, as well as over 80,000 photographic images and a 5,000 volume research library, all of which are available to the public by appointment. The museum's collection also contains more than 55,000 artifacts range from a 1906 steam tugboat and an operable linotype machine, to functioning machine tools and equipment from the oyster canning, garment, and food processing industries. The museum typically adds several hundred items to its collections each year.
technology education: the maryland center for career, maryland career technology administrators (mcta), and technology education studies [mcctes] is a division of the museum serving cte teachers in maryland public schools. Mcctes is operated in collaboration with the university of maryland - eastern shore. In fy 16, the center provided classes and other services to over 332 cte teachers at the museum campus and in other locations around the state. Undergraduate and graduate university classes are offered, as are certification programs for non-teachers who are qualifying to become cte educators.