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In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Visit us Today

Our Museum is open to the public. Buy tickets online or at the door. Capacity restrictions are being observed in exhibit spaces. To ensure that you and your family are guaranteed access to the museum at your preferred time, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets online in advance.

Please note, the museum is closed to the public on July 14, 2021.

Directions & Parking

The Museum is situated on a small waterfront campus at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and is housed in the last surviving historic oyster-packing plant in Annapolis.

Photos courtesy of DANIE Photography and Quatrefoil Associates

Our Changing Waterfront

By integrating technology with authentic artifacts, the AMM’s permanent exhibit is designed to engage visitors with the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and local maritime heritage. The exhibits focus on three thematic sections: Bay Health, Oyster Economy and Annapolis Waters.

Interactives invite visitors to learn, play and experience the maritime history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can step up to a large-scale, four player digital game, interact with a life-like hologram of a Bay waterman, or board one of three boats to experience the Bay in a virtual reality setting.

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Interactives

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Holographic Waterman

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Aquariums

Live Fish Cam

Check out our live fish cam as seen in our new permanent exhibit. Thank you to our generous sponsor, Hannon Armstrong.

Our Then & Now aquariums demonstrate the change in water quality for the Chesapeake Bay over time. Our Then (blue) aquarium shows a recreation of a 17th century Bay while our Now (black) aquarium recreates water quality in the Bay today. Discover how and why our Chesapeake Bay has evolved this way during your visit.

Art Gallery

The Buchanan Bay Room Gallery offers approximately 88 linear feet of well-lit, air-conditioned exhibition space for two-dimensional artwork. All work displayed in the gallery is maritime or Chesapeake Bay-themed to complement the mission of the Museum. Shows generally run for 6-8 weeks. Displayed art is for sale with partial proceeds benefiting the Museum.

Current Exhibition:

Jay Fleming’s photographs on exhibit in the museum’s Bay Room reflect the rich maritime history and the diversity of the aquatic ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. The prints are select works from Jay’s book, Working the Water. This exhibit features photography of wildlife in their natural habitats and photographs from his forthcoming book on the Bay’s inhabited offshore islands, Island life. The exhibit is constantly changing as Jay creates new work from his trips on the Chesapeake. 

Virtual Exhibits

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park 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”.

Response to COVID-19

We’re the same museum you know and love, with the following essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all:

Ticketing & Entry

In-building capacity has been limited to 50% of total occupancy to ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the exhibit spaces. Capacity is being managed by our online ticketing system and on-site staff. To help ensure this process runs smoothly, we are asking all guests and members to reserve their access to our exhibit spaces online.

By purchasing a ticket to the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, the ticketholder voluntarily agrees to assume all risks and accepts sole responsibility for any potential injury or exposure to communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

Face Coverings

All guests 2 years of age and older are required to wear a proper face covering while on the Museum’s campus. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops and fit snugly against the face. Acceptable examples include surgical masks and cloth face masks (either purchased or handmade).

A supply of complimentary surgical masks are on hand for those who arrive without a proper face covering.

Masks should be properly worn at all times while visiting the museum.

Temperature Screenings

As the situation continues to improve, AMM has suspended all temperature screenings for guests.

Social Distancing

Guests are required to maintain a 6-foot space between groups for social distancing at all times while inside the exhibit spaces. Signage and staff are stationed throughout our campus to help guide and reinforce these practices. Guests should use the floor markers throughout the building to maintain the proper distance from other groups during their visit. We ask that guests do not proceed to an exhibit/gallery area until the areas marked on the floor for social distancing are not being occupied by other groups. Guests are also being encouraged to proceed through busy areas without lingering, giving everyone the opportunity to safely enjoy our exhibits.

Building Flow & Modifications

To ensure an efficient and safe flow through the museum for all guests, a linear path has been established throughout the space. Interpretative signage has been placed throughout the experience to help guests navigate along the linear pathway.

Complimentary styluses are available for personal use at the many digital interactives throughout our space.

Plexiglass barriers have been installed at high interaction locations including our front desk to ensure safe interactions between staff and guests at all times.

Staff & Cleaning Protocols

In addition to guest protocols, extra precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of all staff and volunteers. Upon arrival at the museum, all staff, volunteers, partners and contractors are also required to have their temperature checked. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times while in public spaces and social distancing will be maintained between guests and colleagues at all times.

High-traffic areas are frequently cleaned throughout the day to help safeguard against contamination.