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.
The Allegany region is geographically isolated by a range of ridges and valleys from the rest of Maryland and links us to the greater Appalachia region.
The Allegany Museum inspires visitors to discover the unique heritage of our region and its contribution to our nation’s development. It enriches intellectual, cultural, and economic life through collection, preservation, exhibition, and by offering educational programs. The museum strives to become a national destination for heritage tourism
After extensive building restoration, the Allegany Museum opened its new home to the public in September of 2010. The stately 1932 structure, located at 3 Pershing Street in Historic Downtown Cumberland, Maryland, was originally built by the Federal government as a US Court House and Post Office. It was designed in the Art Deco and Neoclassical styles by local architect, R. Holt Hitchins.
The painstaking restoration process revealed intricate architectural details, timeless materials such as marble and walnut, and the meticulous craftsmanship of a bygone era – including the impressive 3,4000 square foot Grand Courtroom.
The first phase of restoration completed the 2nd floor, which houses the museum’s first open exhibits. Additional, expanded exhibits “The Crossroads of American History” were recently completed on the first floor, beneath beautiful vaulted barrel ceilings.
The museum currently has a collection of over 50,000 items. Exhibitions trace Allegany County history from the first Native American residents 12,000 years ago to the early European settlers and the growth of industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Historically, Cumberland has been known as a transportation hub, home to the first federally funded highway, the terminus of the C&O Canal, and the center for the railroad industry.
The Allegany Museum is a private, non-profit 501 (c)3, volunteer organization. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Allegany Museum is a proud founding member of the Western Maryland Heritage Association.
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.
First Floor Exhibit: Crossroads of America