The Annapolis region is forever linked with the Chesapeake Bay, the oyster industry, and a proud maritime history.
This history, which includes the environmental impacts of humans due to over-harvesting and depletion of the oyster population, must be preserved, remembered, and understood by all future stewards of our environment. The Annapolis Maritime Museum ensures that the maritime heritage of Annapolis is never forgotten. The Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, brings to life the distinctive role that Annapolis has played for generations in the marine industry through exhibits, lectures, and programs held at our two campuses located in Back Creek.
The historic McNasby Oyster Company has served as the perfect home for the Annapolis Maritime Museum since 2001. The company’s success was built on the watermen’s knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay, its health, and the ecological diversity of this vast body of water. What better place for the Annapolis Maritime Museum to call home and pursue its mission of educating and informing the public of the enormous ecological wealth and history of the Chesapeake Bay?
Interactive heritage exhibits, environmental programs, camps, and engaging community events have transformed the Museum into an essential, beloved feature of the Annapolis community. With direct views of the Chesapeake Bay, the McNasby Campus includes the McNasby Oyster Company building, Barge House, three transient piers, and adjacent beachside park—the only in Annapolis—complete with a historic wooden boat exhibit.
Back Creek Nature Park Campus
Located across Back Creek from AMM’s McNasby Campus is the museum’s newest addition: Back Creek Nature Park Campus (BCNP). This renovated, 12-acre park accommodates the AMM’s ever-expanding education programs, helping to further develop the curriculum to include natural sciences through hands-on activities at the campus’ urban ecology park. The enhanced educational program will place the Museum in a stronger position to fulfill its mission of inspiring a love of the Chesapeake Bay for generations to come. An old waterworks building on site has been restored and converted to classrooms for hosting school programs and summer camps, while future plans include event space and a replicated maritime village.
With the addition of BCNP, AMM expects to significantly add to, and expand, its existing programs to cater to an extra 8,000 to 10,000 students annually.
The Park is located across Back Creek from the McNasby campus, off Edgewood Road.