The Community Museum comprises the historic Freight House, the History Park and the rolling stock.
The Gaithersburg Railroad Station was a major rail complex at the time it was built in 1884, and in 1978, its buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it still serves as a central focus in the City’s Olde Towne district.
Permanent and rotating exhibits, educational programs and a gift shop are housed in the Freight House. Currently interactive displays include a bank and school room.
History Park is nestled between the Train Station and Freight House and features plaques with historical photographs and information on the City’s history and development. Plantings in the park include some of the original peonies from the Schwartz family garden. The Schwartz family once owned the home that now serves as our City Hall.
The rolling stock exhibit, or trains, in the yard just outside the Freight House currently features a 1918 Buffalo Creek and Gauley #14 Steam Locomotive, a 1950s Budd Car and a C&O Railroad Bay Window Caboose. Exhibits will be opening soon in the caboose and Budd car.
In partnership with the Gaithersburg Historical Association, the City of Gaithersburg collects photographs, documents and other historic articles that tell the story of Gaithersburg and present that story in an interesting and interpretive manner. Tours, programs, local history publications, rentals, genealogical and other research opportunities, and much more are all waiting for you and your family at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.