A JEWEL IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MARYLAND
The Allegany Museum serves the greater Allegany Region, which includes Allegany and Garret Counties in Maryland, Mineral County in West Virginia, and Bedford and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania. Our region is geographically isolated by a range of ridges and valleys from the rest of Maryland. The local geography links Allegany to the greater Appalachia region and creates a unique sense of identity and economic integration.
The mission of the Allegany Museum is to collect the material culture of the people, past and present, of the Allegany region. Our institution maintains and preserves these items for the benefit of present and future generations. We look for objects, ordinary and extraordinary, whose stories and meanings are rich and complex, have inherent worth, both reflect and challenge the conventional wisdom, and invite us to look deeper or broader. These objects and their documented contexts illuminate and interpret the larger themes of our history. Our collections form the foundation for research, scholarship, exhibition, public programs, and outreach.
The Allegany Museum is part of the Heritage Association including the C&O Canal National Park and the Western Maryland Railroad Station and the Gilchrest Museum, Gordon-Roberts House and Emanuel Episcopal church, all located on Historic Washington Street.
We invite you to learn about our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, and encourage you to get in touch and become part of our growing community.