The Best Parks and Museums Located In Bowie MD

For The residents and The visitors

Bowie offers a rich diversity in terms of cultural heritage and historical sites. The attractions make it possible for one to understand The city's past and future. The administration took up The initiative of restoring and maintaining historic sites, something that has been enjoyed by both The residents and The visitors. When touring Bowie, there are many parks and museums you can visit.


1. Bowie railroad Museum

Address-8614 Chestnut Avenue Bowie, MD 20715; 301-809-3089

Background
The plans of building a railway from Baltimore into Southern Maryland started after The civil war. Eventually, in 1872, The Baltimore and Potomac railroad (that was integrated into The Pennsylvania railroad System later) opened a station in Bowie.
A developer known as Ben M. Plump realized an opportunity and seized it. He developed the Huntington city around the railroad station. That saw The sprouting of hotels, shops and several Victorian homes in thestreets of The town. To recognize Governor Oden Bowie who played a critical role in bringing the railroad there, The town was named after him. It remained a busy area until 1989, when it was closed to pave way for a newer station at The Bowie State University. The administration of Bowie city decided to restore The buildings during The early 1990s in honor of The famous historical role.

Museum information
Today, The Bowie tower houses The National railroad historical Society's (NRHS) Martin O'Rourke railroad research library.
Both The museum complex and The library are open to The public as per The listed hours. For groups of ten or more members, you will require an appointment. The station is friendly for people with disabilities. Donations are free and admission into The museum is free.


2. Belair Mansion

Address-12207 Tulip Grove Drive Bowie, MD 20715; 301-809-3089

Background
The Belair Mansion offers an insight into Bowie's earliest history. It is for this reason that The mansion was included in The National Register of Historic Places. Initially, it was built for a provincial Governor known as Samuel Ogle and his family. Later it became a home to William Woodward, a prominent American horseman in The 20th century. Woodward enlarged and renovated The mansion that now reflects decades of history having been used as a residence for over 250 years.

Museum information
The mansion is a representation of The lives of The city's residents from 1747 to 1950. There is an extensive collection of museum artifacts to display The rich history, including:

An outstanding revival card table belonging to William Woodward, and believed to have been made during The colonial times
Paintings of The seasons gifted to Samuel Ogle by Lord Baltimore, who was Maryland's proprietor
A table built by John Shaw, an Annapolis craftsman
Woodward's privately issued prints
Family silver
A portrait of col. Benjamin Tasker made by John Wollaston

A group of ten or more people can receive a guided tour as long as they book in advance. Donations are welcomed and admission is free. Groups of 75 people or less can rent The mansion.


3. National Capital Radio and Television Museum

Address- 2608 Mitchellville Road Bowie, MD 20716; 301-390-1020

Background
Located in a 1906 storekeeper's abode, The museum displays a fascinating collection of broadcasting history. It presents The development of of broadcast, all The way from The early days of wireless telegraph to The televisions.

Museum information
Admission is free and donations are welcomed. Groups of ten or more people are liable for arranged tours if they book in advance.


4. Belair Stable Museum

Address- 2835 Belair Drive Bowie, MD 20715; 301-809-3088

Background
In The early 1740s, Governor Samuel Ogle, together with his brother-in-law Colonel Benjamin Tasker imported some thoroughbred horses to Belair. Ogle and Tasker had been long involved in thoroughbred racing in The colonies. Therefore, they wanted to introduce English stock to The colonies, hoping that it would strengthen The local racing stock. They were lucky, as their mare, Selima, lives in The bloodlines of several of The present day famous racehorses.

Museum information
The museum highlights The success of Belair's bloodstock over a 200-year racing legacy. It also displays other agricultural accomplishments. There is a restored stable master's living quarters believed to have been constructed in 1923. The stable museum is located only a block away from The mansion. Admission is free and donations are welcomed. A guided tour of ten or more people is available upon booking.