Community Museum Open During Adjacent Construction
Model Trains to be on Display August 20 and September 18
More exciting things are coming to the Gaithersburg Community Museum. A Budd Car, an 80 foot stainless steel passenger car, will soon join the museum complex, providing about 700 square feet of new space for programs, audio visual presentations, and rental opportunities. It joins a caboose that is already in place, offering additional space for programs and exhibits.
Construction to accommodate the Budd Car is taking place now. The surrounding paved areas will be expanded and the decking will be replaced. New benches, plants and lighting will further enhance the site. The Gaithersburg Community Museum remains open during the construction period. Visitors are encouraged to watch the outdoor progress as they visit the newly remodeled exhibits inside the Museum, including an interactive school room, bank and general mercantile store.
To celebrate Gaithersburg’s association with the railroad, additional Train Days have been added to the Museum’s summer and fall schedule. On Saturday, August 20 and at our Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne festival on Sunday, September 18, train builders from the BANTRAK T Trak Division will set up small N-Gauge scale model trains. Visitors are invited to view the model train displays, tour a caboose filled with local train history, visit the 1918 steam locomotive on display in the adjacent History Park, and shop for train-related items in the Museum gift shop. With any luck you can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the actual CSX, Amtrak and MARC trains that rumble past the Museum on a regular basis.
While the model trains will only be on display on August 20 and September 18, the Gaithersburg Community Museum is open to patrons every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional hours by appointment. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. For information call 301-258-6160 or visit the Museum's web page at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/museum.
Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne, a rousing street festival now in its 30th year, takes place on Sunday, September 18. At the festival you’ll find entertainment, food, arts and crafts, amusements, and many other diversions. For details visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/celebrate.