Exhibits & Collections
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.
Join one of our trained docents for a guided tour during our operating hours (Thursday-Sunday 11am - 3pm) or visit our docks or park any day from sunrise to sunset.
- 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
Check back soon for the Museum's first virtual exhibit.
Online Collections Database
The Annapolis Maritime Heritage Portal is a searchable online collections database of selected photos and archival documents from the Annapolis Maritime Museum's permanent collection. The selected items reflect the rich maritime heritage of the Annapolis area and the Eastport neighborhood. This online research portal is made possible by the generous support of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.