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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.

Current Exhibits

  • 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 11am - 3pm) or visit our docks or park any day from sunrise to sunset.

Guided one hour tours during the rest of the week are available for $6 adult/$3 child (minimum of 5 participants) by reservation only. Please contact Heather Richardson via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 410-295-0104 extension 13 to schedule.

Specialty Tours

McNasbys - The Story of an Entrepreneur and his family


Price: $6.00 per person
Length: 1 hour
Learn about William McNasby and how he built and ran a successful business during the oyster industry heyday. Listen to the stories of the people who worked and grew up in the Eastport neighborhood. This tour is designed to provide a personal history of the McNasby family business.

Introduction to Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay


Price: $6.00 per person
Length: 1 hour
Hear how oysters were harvested and processed at the McNasby Oyster Company. Participants will also learn about reef ecology, regulations, internal anatomy and how to shuck an oyster. This tour is designed for oyster rookies and is intended to give an overview of oysters and the industry.

Tour and Tasting


Price: $12.00
Length: 1.5 hours
Ever wonder how the raw bar at your favorite restaurant gets their oysters? In this tour participants will learn how waterman harvest oysters and the regulations they face. Also hear how local seafood companies like McNasbys Oyster Company processed oysters. Following the tour local oysters will be provided for shucking and tasting. Program length is one hour which includes tour and tasting and half an hour of social time.

Art Exhibits

Click here for information about our current art exhibit.

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.

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