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

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Our Museum is closed to the public after experiencing a flood event. Join us on Saturday, November 20th for our museum re-opening. Visitors can buy tickets online or at the door. Capacity restrictions in our exhibit spaces have been lifted. Masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated but social distancing is required. Please follow instructions posted in our spaces.

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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.




Holographic Waterman



Live Fish Cam

Our live fish cam is currently offline as we work to reopen the museum following significant storm damage. The fish cam features our aquariums 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 mirrors 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. 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.

McNasby’s Oyster Company: An Eastport Landmark

Founded in 1886 by William McNasby Sr., the McNasby Oyster Company began as a single storefront on Compromise Street. The business continued to grow until it became necessary to expand to a packing plant on 723 Second Street in the community of Eastport, the same historic structure where the Annapolis Maritime Museum stands today. The McNasby Oyster Co. left a lasting impression upon Eastport, and a legacy that the Annapolis Maritime Museum continues to uphold in telling the stories of the local watermen. View the bibliography for “McNasby’s Oyster Company: An Eastport Landmark”.

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 limitations have been lifted but social distancing should be maintained throughout the exhibit spaces. We are asking all guests and members to observe social distancing.

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

Guests who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering while on the Museum’s campus. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all visitors as the space is indoors and social distancing can be difficult. Face coverings are required for unvaccinated visitors. We recommend surgical masks and cloth face masks (either purchased or handmade).

A supply of complimentary surgical masks are on hand for those who request a face covering.

Temperature Screenings

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

Social Distancing

It is suggested that guests 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 these practices. Guests are also encouraged to proceed through busy areas without lingering, giving everyone the opportunity to safely enjoy our exhibits.

Building Flow & Modifications

The linear flow for all guests has been suspended. Visitors may view exhibits in any order but we do ask that you maintain social distancing when possible.

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

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 required to have their temperature checked. Staff will maintain social distancing at all times.

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