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Exhibits & Collections

Our FREE Museum is situated on a small campus at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and is housed in the last surviving historic 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. The Annapolis Maritime Museum houses a collection of roughly 10,000 objects, photographs, and archival documents. To access the collections please email the curator or call 410-295-0104, ext. 13.

Museum Exhibits

Join one of our trained docents for a free guided tour during our operating hours (Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), or visit our docks and Park any day from sunrise to sunset. Guided one hour tours during the rest of the week are available for $8 adult/$3 child (minimum of 5 participants) by reservation only. Please contact the Education Department via email or 443-214-5872 to schedule.

  • 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

Temporary Exhibit

Modeling Life on the Water

March 17 – June 7

This spring, AMMP will feature eight handmade boat models by self-taught artist Norman Gross. Gross grew up in a family of watermen, and each built-from-scratch boat in his collection is a representation of one family member’s relationship to the water. The boats represent fishing, clamming, hand tonging for oysters, crabbing, and patent tonging. They are extremely detailed and they all tell very personal stories from his family’s past.

About Norman: A native of Maryland, Norman Gross is a self-taught artist with an uncanny eye for detail and a near-perfect photographic memory. Gross uses his natural gift to preserve his family’s history of working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. He begins with action figures, stripped of their armaments, dressed in traditional work clothes that he has hand-crafted. Each action figure is dressed to resemble a family member and is posed aboard their own vessel. The boat models are meticulously detailed with the dirt and grime that was common to the type of work being done. The eight models in this exhibit represent Gross’s family and their relationship with the Chesapeake Bay.

Virtual Exhibits

The Annapolis Maritime Museum offers virtual exhibits through the generous support of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

Crab Pots, Eel Spears, and Fish Nets: Seasonal Changes in Watermen’s Work

Discover how watermen’s work reflects the biological seasonality of the various species native to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Many commercial fishermen in Annapolis and the traditional watermen’s neighborhood of Eastport found additional work at local boatyards, at nearby farms, or in other lines of work with odd jobs. View the bibliography for “Crab Pots, Eel Spears, and Fish Nets: Seasonal Changes in Watermen’s Work”.

Arnie Gay: The Father of Annapolis’ Modern Sailing Industry

Discover how Arnie Gay, a hardworking dedicated sailor, transformed the Annapolis waterfront into the Sailing Capital of America. Follow Arnie’s story from sailing into Annapolis harbor aboard Delilah through his work with the Annapolis Yacht Club and the many changes Gay inspired in our modern waterfront.