Annapolis Maritime Museum
Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and commemorating the maritime heritage of Annapolis and the neighboring waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It is this heritage, linking us to the water, which makes this place unique.

The recently renovated McNasby Oyster Company building, the last remaining oyster-packing plant in Annapolis, houses an exhibition gallery that features rotating exhibits celebrating the area's unique maritime heritage. Maritime concerts, seminars, and community events are held in the new assembly hall and the adjacent waterfront park. Museum piers provide Bay access for crabbing and fishing, and a small beach is a great place to launch your own canoe or kayak for a self-guided tour. Tours by boat are also available of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in June, July and August. For schedules, see the Museum web site.

Location / Directions: From downtown Annapolis at City Dock, take Compromise Street across the Spa Creek Bridge to the first light and turn left. Take Severn Avenue to Second Avenue and turn right. Go 3 ½ blocks to 723 Second Avenue.
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Physical Address: Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
Mailing Address: Annapolis Maritime Museum
PO Box 3088
Annapolis, MD 21403
Visitor Phone: (410) 295-0104
Activities: Currently in the exhibition gallery: Over the Bridge: The History of Eastport at Annapolis, featuring photographs, maps, journals, documents and artifacts collected by author Ginger Doyel while researching the book of the same name, published by the Museum in 2008. Rotating exhibits in McNasby’s Bay Room feature regional maritime artists and photographers. The Winter Maritime Seminar Series runs each Thursday evening through April 2 (see Events/News). See the Museum web site,, for information on the self-guided water trail and the self-guided Eastport Walking Tour.

Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Thursday - Sunday, noon – 4 p.m., April – October. Group tours available at other times.
Visitor Facilities: The Barge House, featuring the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Interpretive Center, and the newly restored McNasby Oyster Company building feature a variety of exhibitions, special events and educational programs. Cap’n Herbie Sadler Waterman’s Park on the shore of Back Creek features three traditional wooden workboats with interpretive wayside panels, a small beach that’s ideal for launching your own canoe or kayak, piers for crabbing and fishing (bring your own gear), picnic tables (take-out restaurants and cafes are just a few blocks away), and watching the boats go by.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY