Staying in Baltimore
Conference delegates are recommended to stay at the conference venue, the Royal Sonesta, a preferential rate has been agreed with the hotel. This price will include free Wi-Fi for the duration of guests stay in the hotel. To get more information about the hotel and to book your room either visit this link to the website to book or phone (410) 234-0550/ 1(800) 766-3782 to get the agreed rate (Block Name CIMS 2016). Your reservation must be made by the cut-off date of October 7, 2016.
Transport to Baltimore
The most obvious option, and simplest, is to fly into the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. Alternatively, one may fly into Washington DC airports, or other East Coast U.S. cities and use the Amtrak rail to connect to Baltimore from Philadelphia (~1 hour train ride away), from Newark (~2 hour train ride), or from New York City (~3 hour train ride away). Train lines from Washington D.C. to New York City run regularly and unlike the rest of the United States can readily be incorporated into your travel plans if desired.
Note on other area airports: Washington D.C. is 31 miles away and flying into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) is a viable alternative for someone interested in spending a day in D.C.. It is possible to take DC metro to commuter rail and train to Baltimore. Washington’s Dulles Airport (IAD) is approximately 1.5 hours drive/ride from downtown Baltimore and also an option if touring D.C. is connected to your visit to Baltimore. Transportation from IAD requires a car or taxi unless you are a seasoned traveler.
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Baltimore has a local bus network and rail system.
While you are with us in Baltimore City, consider taking the time to tour the surrounding area and visit the city’s most famous historical and modern structures!
For more information on these buildings and others in the city, visit An Engineer’s Guide to Baltimore. The site details numerous buildings in Baltimore which illustrate the course which structural engineering has taken over the decades.
Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus
Founded in 1876, the Johns Hopkins University is the United States’ first and leading research institution. Since its founding, it has claimed 36 Nobel Laureates and established international campuses. The parent campus, the Homewood, is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is the state’s largest private employer. Visit the Department of Civil Engineering, housed in Latrobe Hall, to learn about ongoing research at this world-renowned university.
George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library is housed in the world-renowned Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University. In 1857, George Peabody, a Massachusetts-born philanthropist, dedicated the Peabody Institute to the citizens of Baltimore in appreciation of their “kindness and hospitality.” Begun in 1860, the library collection contains over 300,000 volumes largely from the 18th and 19th centuries. Notable collection strengths are archaeology, British art and architecture, British and American history, biography, English and American literature, Romance languages and literature, Greek and Latin classics, history of science, geography, and exploration and travel including a large map collection. In addition to its traditional use as a research library, the George Peabody Library has now become the premiere wedding and event venue in Baltimore.
Containing over 20,000 animals and a great variety of exhibits, the National Aquarium must be visited while in the city of Baltimore. Specialized exhibits include Shark Alley, Tropical Rainforest, Living Seashore, Maryland Experience, and jellyfish and dolphin tanks. Parking must be found somewhere nearby and admission varies by the time of day. General admission may cost up to $40 during the morning and afternoon but drops to $20 at night. Special tours are available for $60.
B&O Railroad Museum
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. The museum details the history of railroad development through numerous full-scale artifacts as well as scale models. Parking is provided free of charge and admission is $18.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry collects, preserves, and interprets the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by presenting educational programs and exhibitions that explore the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who created and worked in them. Among the museum’s exhibits are an oyster/fruit cannery, garment loft, machine shop, and print shop. Parking is provided free of charge and admission is $12.
Fire Museum of Maryland
The Fire Museum of Maryland has the third largest collection on display of any fire museum in the world. Among its collection are 42 antique fire apparatus, memorabilia, fire-fighting equipment, models, and photographs. Its most prominent exhibits describe the city’s preparations during the War of 1812 as well as the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Admission is $12.
This star-shaped coastal fort is the birthplace of the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Explore its history throughout the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War, and both World Wars.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
Docked in the Inner Harbor are four historic vessels, all within walking distance of the other. Together, the sloop-of-war Constellation (1797-1853), the submarine Torsk (1944-1968), the Coast Guard cutter Taney (1936-1686), and the lightship Chesapeake (1930-1970) exhibit life at sea from the mid-19th century to the mid-1980’s. The price of admission varies by the number of ships that you intend to visit, from $11 for one ship to $18 for all four.