DOB 2018 Itinerary: Immigration in South Baltimore

Baltimore Immigration Museum. Photo courtesy Brian Miller.

Having trouble figuring out what to see during Doors Open Baltimore 2018? Try a Doors Open Baltimore itinerary—a days worth of sites to visit built around a theme.  

In the 19th and early 20th centuries Baltimore was a major port of entry for European immigrants. Between 1868 and 1914 over 1.2 million immigrants entered Baltimore through Locust Point and found work in the port, factories and railroads. Come learn how their labor and tireless pursuit of the American Dream propelled Baltimore into the industrial age.


Start / end your tour at SoBo Café (6 W Cross St.) offering $5 draft beers and sangria and 10% off your total bill for Doors Open Baltimore visitors!

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Built in 1865, the Platt cannery is the last existing cannery building along the harbor. Explore recreated workspaces and the machines used in industries that brought Maryland from the Industrial Revolution into the 21st century.   Please check in at the front desk.

Baltimore Immigration Museum – Immigrant House

The Immigration Museum tells the story of the immigrants of various nationalities and ethnicities who came to Baltimore between 1830 and 1914. In 2013, the museum was established in one of the last former immigrant houses in the city. The building was in use from 1904 to 1914, providing temporary housing to individuals new to Baltimore.

Silo Point Condominiums

When it was completed in 1923 the grain elevator at Silo Point was the largest and the fastest in the world, conveying 3.8 million bushels of grain from railcars to transatlantic ships every year. By 2003 the facility had become dilapidated and needed a new purpose. The 300 foot tall building was redeveloped into luxury condominiums. Visit this unique industrial reuse project. Entrance is located between the two buildings, not near the retail spaces.

Irish Railroad Workers Museum

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum consists of two renovated alley houses built in 1848 to provide housing for the growing number of workers employed by the B&O Railroad. One of the houses is furnished in 1860’s fashion, reflecting the lives of the Irish-immigrant family who lived there, while the other offers changing exhibits relating to Irish-American history and local life