Frequently Asked Questions
Can I decorate the Bay Room?
Generally, yes. However, we do not allow decorations that will put holes in the walls, and we will not remove the current art exhibit. Nevertheless, many of our guests appreciate the art pieces to complement their decor.
Can I hold my rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception all at the museum?
Certainly, if we have the availability on our calendar, we would love to host all your weekend events. The Bay Room is a perfect area for both your rehearsal dinner and your reception and the deck is a beautiful setting for an outdoor waterfront ceremony.
What is included within the rental fee?
Use of the docks, piers, deck, all interior spaces, parking on weekends and evenings and a site supervisor from the Museum who will be present throughout the event.
Are taxes and fees included in the pricing?
Yes, all taxes and fees associated with the base rental fee are included in the price.
Do you have suggested vendors in the area?
For catering, planning and rental opportunities, we do provide a list of preferred vendors in the area who provide a quality product.
We would like to have our ceremony on your deck but are worried about the possibility of rain, do you provide another option?
If you choose, the Bay Room can be used for both the ceremony and reception space. Or, we can provide you a list of vendors who have tents available for rental that can cover the deck perfectly.
Can the couple or guests be delivered to the museum via sailboat or water taxi?
Yes, our piers are in deep enough water along the creek that water taxis and most size sailboats are easy to dock and picture-worthy! However, we are required to issue a permit for any boat coming onto the property so please work out the details with us as you plan.
Can music be played on the deck or in the outside area?
Yes. However, because the museum is located in a residential area we prefer that music not be amplified in our outdoor areas. Also, based on the Annapolis City noise ordinance, the music must be completely turned off by 10:00pm.
Can we use candles during our event?
Yes. We allow the use of tea lights, floating candles and pillar candles as long as they are enclosed in glass globes or vases.
During our event, where do our guests park?
The museum does provide a small parking lot behind the building. However, on nights and weekends within the rental agreement we also provide a parking lot with 30 additional spaces less than two blocks away. This cost is included in the rental price.
Is the museum non-smoking?
Yes. The entire facility is non-smoking. Although the deck and piers are outside, we do not allow smoking in that area either. However, we do have an area near the main entrance for smoking.
What is the maximum number of people the Maritime Museum can accommodate?
The Bay Room can easily accommodate 150 for a sit down dinner with room for a dance floor and DJ or band. Because of the limited amount of parking and out of consideration for the neighbors, the limit for a cocktail party or other events that don't require seating is 200. A $10/person fee will be added on if attendance at any event exceeds 200.
Where can my bridal party get ready?
The Barge House is located on the Museum's campus and is the perfect place for your bridal party to get ready. The Barge House has a large table surrounded by 10 chairs, an oversized bathroom, full length mirror and kitchenette with sink, refrigerator and microwave. It's the perfect place to get the party started as well as a quiet place for guests who need a break during the party.