Annapolis Museums

The Hammond-Harwood House, 1774


19 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: 410-263-4683
Hammond-Harwood House Website

Admission


Adults $7, Children $4, Seniors/AAA or students with ID $6.

Hours of Operation


April - October: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Last tour at 4 p.m.
November - December: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m. Last tour at 3 p.m.
January - March: Group and school tours by appointment only.
Door of the Hammond-Harwood House
The Hammond-Harwood House is home to some of the finest examples of decorative and fine arts in Maryland. Some of the most treasured items are from the 19th century when the House was still a private residence. The elaborately designed white door of Georgian architecture on the outside has been dubbed "the most beautiful door in America." William Buckland, an architect and mathematical genius, designed the door and the rest of the house. Other highlights include a collection of paintings by one of the most famous portrait painters in colonial America, Charles Willson Peale and a number of furniture pieces by the well-known Annapolis cabinetmaker John Shaw. Both men would have passed the Hammond-Harwood House often as they traversed the streets of Annapolis, so it seems only appropriate that some of their finest works are in residence here.

Chase-Lloyd House, 1769


22 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland
Phone: 410-263-2723

Admission


$2.00, children under 6 free

Hours of Operation


Monday-Saturday: 2-4 pm
Closed January & February
Closed holidays
Chase-Lloyd House
The Chase-Lloyd House in Annapolis is a brick three-story Georgian mansion dating from 1769-1774 with interiors by William Buckland. Its construction was started for Samuel Chase, who would later be a signatory to the Declaration of Independence and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Chase sold the building unfinished to Edward Lloyd, IV in 1771. Lloyd completed the house in 1774 with assistance from Buckland and another architect, William Noke. The house remained in the Lloyd family until 1847, when it was sold back to descendants of Chase. In 1888 the house was bequeathed for use as a home for elderly women. It continues in this use today. While the upper floors are off limits to visitors, the main floor and the extensive gardens are open to the public. Hanging in the Chase-Lloyd House are portraits of three Annapolis women of distinction; Anne Catharine Green, who printed the Annapolis Gazette in the 1700s after her husband died; Harriett Tubman, hero of the Underground Railroad; and Anne St. Clair Wright, who led the City of Annapolis to create a Historic District. These portraits commissioned by the Art in Public Places Commission briefly graced the walls of City Hall and are on loan by the City of Annapolis.

The Paca House & Garden, 1763


186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-990-4543
Historic Annapolis Website

Admission


Adult - $10, Senior/AAA - $9, Youth 6-12 - $5, Children 5 and under - Free
Garden only: All ages - $5

Hours of Operation


Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m
Sunday: Noon-5 p.m
Paca House
The restored home of William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary-era Governor of Maryland, stands today as one of the most elegant landmarks in Annapolis. When built by Paca in 1763, it was one of the first five-part Georgian homes in Annapolis. Its style evokes the English country villas of the time. Paca, a young lawyer who became one of four Declaration of Independence signers from Maryland, as well as governor of Maryland from 1782-85, sold the house in 1780. The property changed hands many times in the 19th century, before becoming part of Carvel Hall; one of the City’s most popular hotels for much of the 20th century. By 1965, however, it faced demolition. Historic Annapolis worked with other preservationists to purchase and save the property. Through meticulous restoration, the home has been returned to its distinctive colonial-era state. Museum-quality period furnishings, including Paca family silver and ceramics, fill its rooms. The Collection is composed of more than 1,500 objects from the early 18th century to the present. It includes ceramics, silver, metals, furniture, textiles, fine art, photographs, and prints. Most of the fine and decorative arts collection is on view at the William Paca House. More objects are exhibited in the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street, Annapolis, 410-267-6656. Soon the Paca House will hang portraits of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence; William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Samuel Chase. These four portraits are on loan from the City of Annapolis.

Banneker-Douglass Museum


84 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-216-6180
Banneker-Douglass Museum Website

Hours of Operation


Sunday and Monday CLOSED
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Banneker-Douglass Museum
As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African-American Heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, interpret, and promote the history and culture of African-American Marylanders through exhibitions, programs and projects to enhance the understanding of American’s rich cultural diversity. The Banneker-Douglass Museum is a component of the Maryland Commission on African- American History and Culture, which is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. The Banneker-Douglass Museum, named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, was dedicated on February 24, 1984. The Victorian-Gothic structure was included in the Annapolis Historic District in 1971 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Recently completed is a four-story addition, which uses the nineteenth-century brick from the church that originally housed the museum. The Banneker-Douglass Museum celebrated its 30th Anniversary on February 24, 2014.

BDM Collection


The Banneker-Douglass Museum Collection is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African-Americans relevant to Maryland through collections, conservation, and study of artifacts, photographs, fine arts, decorative and applied arts, and architectural elements. The Collection presently includes artifacts and journals donated by Arctic explorer Herbert M. Frisby; photographs, equipment, and personal effects of photographer Thomas Baden donated by Barbara Bentley, everyday items used by African- American Marylanders in the 1920s and 1930s; medical instruments and artifacts from the 1920s through the 1950s; West African sculpture and utilitarian objects of the Dogon, Malinke, Bambara, Baule, and other cultures of the Guinea Coast; and works by Black Maryland artists, including Joyce Scott, Nathaniel Gibbs and Hughie Lee-Smith.

U.S. Naval Academy Museum, 1848


United States Naval Academy, Preble Hall 
Annapolis, MD 21402
Phone: 410-293-2108
United States Naval Academy Museum Website

Admission


Free

Hours of Operation


Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

The U.S. Naval Academy Museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world. The Museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of seapower, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America’s sailors and marines. Displays combine historical artifacts with video and audio technology to bring to life the stories of the men and women who have served their country at sea. The Museum’s holdings include: ship models, paintings, prints, flags, uniforms, swords, firearms, medals, sculptures, manuscripts, rare books, photographs, ship instruments and gear, and a wide variety of personal memorabilia.
Several of the special collections are particularly noteworthy:
The Beverley R. Robinson Collection contains 6,000 prints that reflect the naval history of Europe and the New World from 1514 through World War II.
The United States Navy Trophy Flag Collection was begun by an Act of Congress in 1814 and given to the care of the Naval Academy in 1849. It currently totals more than 600 historic American and captured foreign flags. Among them are the famous “Don’t Give Up the Ship” battle flag flown at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the first American ensign flown in Japan (1853) as well as flags and banners that have been to the Moon. The flags are supplemented by a collection of books on the subject, many of which are rare and valuable hand-illustrated editions.
Malcolm Storer Naval Medals Collection is also a valuable historical reference. Donated in 1936, it is composed of 1,210 commemorative coin-medals gathered from thirty countries and dating from 254 BC to 1936.

Charles Carroll House


107 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-269-1737
Charles Carroll House Website

Admission


Free for individuals and groups up to 6 visitors.

Hours of Operation


June - September, the house is open most Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 4 p.m.
Painting of Charles Carroll
The seat of the Catholic Carrolls of Annapolis, the Charles Carroll House was the primary urban residence of its most famous owner, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. The property, on the grounds of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, is among the largest and most impressive historic sites in Annapolis. It is owned by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). Celebrating a history that spans over 300 years, the Carroll House is a restoration-in-progress. The site bears great historical significance to the State of Maryland and America as the home of Charles Carroll the Settler, first Attorney General of Maryland, his son, Charles Carroll of Annapolis and his grandson, Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832). Faced with both persecution and restrictions for his faith, Charles Carroll of Carrollton secured his family’s vision of personal, political and religious freedom for all citizens when he became the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Carroll House is one of only fifteen surviving signer’s birthplaces in the United States, including all four of the homes of Maryland Signers in Annapolis.
As the home of the only Catholic signer, the Carroll House also bears great historical significance to the Catholic Church in Maryland and America. The Carrolls were among the most prominent Catholics in the English colonies and the early United States. One cousin, John Carroll, was the first Catholic bishop in the United States, having been named first Bishop of Baltimore in 1789. The property’s Catholic connections were renewed in 1852 when it was conveyed to the Redemptorists, who used it as their novitiate.  Above left is a portrait of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.

Annapolis Maritime Museum


723 Second Street
Annapolis, Maryland, 21403
Phone: 410-295-0104
Annapolis Maritime Museum Website

Admission


Free

Hours of Operation


Noon to 4 p.m., Thursday-Sunday
Annapolis Maritime Museum Logo
The Annapolis Maritime Museum educates youth and adults about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits, and community events. This mission is accomplished through an engaging suite of hands-on programming conducted at their unique location at the mouth of Back Creek overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The Museum is housed in the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. This special setting allows the Museum to engage visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis.
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 generally run for 6 weeks and are maritime or Chesapeake Bay themed to complement the mission of the Museum. All displayed artwork is for sale with partial proceeds benefitting the Museum.

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College


60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-626-2556
St. John's College Mitchell Gallery Page

Admission


Free

Hours of Operation


Tuesday - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on the campus of St. John's College, is a treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 it attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits which range in theme and diversity for a gallery of its size.

Exhibitions have included works of celebrated artists such as Bruegel, Calder, Rembrandt, Rodin, Motherwell and Johns, exhibitions of unique historical and regional interest, such as photography by A. Aubrey Bodine and Marion Warren and The National Craft Show. The Mitchell Gallery serves the community of St. John's and the wider communities of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as a resource for viewing, discussing, and learning about fine art.