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Exhibits & Collections

Our 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 & Park houses a collection of roughly 10,000 objects, photographs, and archival documents. To access the collections please email the assistant curator or call 410-295-0104, ext. 19.

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Museum Exhibits

Check back in Spring 2020 for information on our upcoming brand new exhibits. Learn more about the McNasby Museum renovation.

Virtual Exhibits

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

Dynamically Different: The Owens Yacht Company

Discover how the Owens Yacht Company, one of the first family owned and operated boat building companies in Annapolis, grew into an empire and then eventually disappeared. Learn about the family’s story, as well as the story of some of their most valuable employees while admiring the craftsmanship of the boats that they built. View the bibliography for “Dynamically Different: The Owens Yacht Company”.

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.

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”.