Econo Lodge Laurel Racetrack
9700 Washington Blvd.
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (301) 776-8008
Fax: (301) 776-0112
Arts & Museums
The Laurel Museum is set in a restored 19th-century mill worker's residence. Spread across 2590 square feet (240.62 square meters), it opened its doors in 1996. The property was bought by the city after years of neglect and was converted into a museum documenting the town's history. Get a glimpse of this Prince George's County metropolitan’s metamorphosis from 1870 to the present age through artifacts, photographs, books, tools and textiles. There is also a gift shop inside the facility. It is now run by the Laurel Historical Society.
This museum opened to the public in December 1993. Since then, thousands of visitors have flocked here to get a glimpse of the government's ability to protect the nation's secrets and uncover those of our enemies. At the National Cryptologic Museum, visitors learn about crucial moments in this history of American cryptology and national defense, including a rare look at the secret world of Native American 'code talkers' and the equipment that protected U.S. communications during World War II. Admission is free.
Allows the community to appreciate art through classes, exhibits, and lectures.
The African American Museum, History and Genealogical Resource Center houses 21 exhibits which focus on Fauquier County and the African Americans from slavery to the Civil Rights movements. A reference library on site contains over 1,600 titles and the Genealogy Center houses resources necessary to document Fauquier's and surrounding Counties early African Americans, free and enslaved.
Rotating exhibits of African American culture in Howard County and Maryland, call for schedule.
The African Art Museum of Maryland has been providing the Baltimore area with access to fascinating African art and history since 1980. Besides its permanent collection, the museum also offers workshops for adults, kids, and families, outreach programs to local primary schools, lectures and an annual guided trip to Africa to experience African culture first hand. A great educational resource for people of all ages, races and cultures, the African Art Museum plays a vital role in its community. Call ahead for museum hours, as they are irregular.
Bowie City, a small railroad stop of yesteryear, was originally christened Huntington City. The station, which was the focus of the town, was named after Governor Oden Bowie. Presently a museum, this venue houses an interesting collection of edifices. You will find restored railroad buildings like the waiting shed for passengers, the interlocking tower, the freight building, and the Norfolk and Western caboose from the '20s. Get a glimpse of railroad history in a unique setting.
Open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for tours. Tours of this historic house provides visitors with a view of home life for ordinary Americans of modest means during the Great Depression and World War II.
If you're interested in electronics, you should surely make a trip to this museum at Linthicum. Check out the development of electronics in the field of defense. Apart from the learning about the gradual evolution of technology in this area, you'll also get to discover its resultant effect on commercial products. You'll also find out the major role that technology played out in the whole process. You can plan your visit on any day of the week, except Sunday. What's more, this tour of discovery is for free as there are no admission costs.
Exhibits on career of Meany and other labor leaders include historic photographs, posters, and memorabilia.
Old firehoues contains firefighter memorabilia, displays, uniforms, and photographs. Call for schedule.
Permanent and changing exhibits housed in the former First Presbyterian Church. A library with area material is located next door. Howard County's oldest cultural heritage institution.