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The Annapolis Maritime Museum is dedicated to engaging children and adults with the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and the maritime history of Annapolis. Our FREE Museum is situated on a small campus at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and housed in the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. This special setting allows us to engage visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis.

While visiting the Museum, visitors can:

Current Exhibits

  • Get an "oyster eye" view of the animals that call an oyster reef home in our 850 gallon Chesapeake aquarium
  • Learn more about oyster harvesting, and packing through a series of interactive touch screens
  • Pull up "Chesapeake habitats" that hang from the Museum's piers to see what animals live in back creek
  • Talk to experts about how the Museum's authentic oyster processing equipment was used
  • Climb aboard a locally built deadrise workboat, Miss Lonesome, on display with cut-away sections showing how these boats were built and used for tonging oysters
  • Sit or wade in one of the only public beaches in Annapolis and enjoy the best view in town

Join one of our trained docents for a guided tour during our operating hours (Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm) or visit our docks or park any day from sunrise to sunset.

Guided one hour tours during the rest of the week are available for $5 adult/$3 child (minimum of 5 participants) by reservation only. Please contact Sarah Krizek via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 410-295-0104 extension 3 to schedule.

Upcoming Exhibits

The Treasures of NOAA's Ark is a national touring exhibition currently on display at the Maryland Science Center. This exhibit will open at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in early August. Check back for more information.

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Survey maps and charts
Survey instruments and navigation tools
The history of NOAA

History Through Artifacts

The Treasures of NOAA's Ark features artifacts representing nearly 200 years of science, service, and stewardship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its ancestor agencies. Items range from 19th century maps and charts, to early scientific instruments that recall the agency's proud heritage and legacy of service to the nation.

Art Exhibits

Click here for information about our current art exhibit.

The Buchanan Bay Room Gallery provides a wonderful waterfront venue for local artists and art organizations to exhibit their work. The gallery offers approximately 88 linear feet of well-lit, air-conditioned exhibition space for two dimensional artwork. The shows are all Maritime or Chesapeake Bay themed to complement the mission of the Museum and generally run for 6-8 weeks. Generally all displayed is for sale with partial proceeds benefitting the Museum.

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Have Questions? Call 410-295-0104