Come Visit Us Because...
We are the Real Deal! Annapolis Maritime Museum, housed in the historic McNasby Oyster Co. building, is the last vestige of a once-thriving industry in Annapolis perfectly placed along the Chesapeake Bay from about 1870 to the 1970s. Here at our facility, you will learn about the native oyster, why it’s so important to the health of the Bay, and the maritime heritage of the hard working men and women whose livelihoods depended upon the success of McNasby’s, established in 1918.
The whole family will see how the entire oyster process was done when the watermen counted oyster bushels in the thousands, because it was all done right here! The kids can climb aboard Miss Lonesome, an authentic Chesapeake Bay workboat, steering her straight and true or even try their hand at oyster tonging themselves, as it is still practiced today. They can get up close and personal with the traditional hand-tongers boat called a Hooper Island Drake Tail, as well as study the Lydia D, a miniature Chesapeake Bay skipjack.
We have the finest summer concert series, Tides and Tunes, under the stars on our landscaped grounds with the Chesapeake Bay sunset as the backdrop! We have an outstanding Winter Lecture Series in our Bay Room when the cold winds blow so you can visit us any time of year.
We are a small and manageable area where Mom can shop in our Museum Store, Dad and the kids can fish from our dock/pier while Fido plays on the sandy beach, as dogs are welcome too, and Grandma can enjoy a shady rest with an incomparable view! Perhaps you'll decide to stage a family reunion or marry off your eldest child due to our gorgegous grounds – we have great facilities for your special occasion!
You can also enjoy the many places to eat around the area being minutes away from Downtown or simply walk over to Wild Country Seafood across the street; featuring crabs, oysters, and local seafood for a real Chesapeake Bay treat!
Annapolis Maritime Museum hosts weekly seasonal visits to the iconic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Thomas Point is the last working "screw pile" lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. Visit this historical lighthouse to experience the beauty of living and working in the middle of the Bay!
Our museum is equipped with the finest volunteers and staff anywhere around! Our year is full of interesting activities and events happening regularly. Our members have fun, and we cordially invite you to become one!
That being said, come visit us! We are proud of Annapolis Maritime Museum, we are proud of the Chesapeake Bay, and we are proud to share it with you!