Museum & Exhibits
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is dedicated to engaging children and adults with the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and the maritime history of Annapolis. Our FREE Museum is situated on a small campus at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and housed in the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. This special setting allows us to engage visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis.
While visiting the Museum, visitors can:
- Get an "oyster eye" view of the animals that call an oyster reef home in our 850 gallon Chesapeake aquarium
- Learn more about oyster harvesting, and packing through a series of interactive touch screens
- Pull up "Chesapeake habitats" that hang from the Museum's piers to see what animals live in back creek
- Talk to experts about how the Museum's authentic oyster processing equipment was used
- Climb aboard a locally built deadrise workboat, Miss Lonesome, on display with cut-away sections showing how these boats were built and used for tonging oysters
- Sit or wade in one of the only public beaches in Annapolis and enjoy the best view in town
Join one of our trained docents for a guided tour during our operating hours (Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm) or visit our docks or park any day from sunrise to sunset.
The Buchanan Bay Room Gallery provides a wonderful waterfront venue for local artists and art organizations to exhibit their work. The gallery offers approximately 88 linear feet of well-lit, air-conditioned exhibition space for two dimensional artwork. The shows are all Maritime or Chesapeake Bay themed to complement the mission of the Museum and generally run for 6-8 weeks. Generally all displayed is for sale with partial proceeds benefitting the Museum.