Captain Avery Museum

Address: 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764

Phone: (410) 867-4486 | Presenter

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About Captain Avery Museum

The Museum is the circa 1859 historic waterman's home of Captain Salem Avery and his family. This National Historic Landmark is where we collect, preserve and share local Chesapeake history and the stories of our families. The Museum is a center for our community to have fun together, celebrating the culture of the Bay-past, present, and future. Hours of Operation Museum: Sundays, 1 - 4 pm. Open from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in November (or December 1, if that is a Sunday). The museum is closed on Easter Sunday and any other holidays that fall on a Sunday. Library: Mondays, 12 - 3 pm year round, except around Christmas. To verify that we are open, call 410-867-4486. Outdoor Exhibits: every day, dawn to dusk



- Family Friendly

- Pet Friendly

- Reservation Recommended


- Group Tours Available

- Outdoor Picnic Area (covered)

- Private Tours Available

- Restrooms Onsite



- Wheelchair


- Bus Parking

- Free Parking

Our Bay's Oysters
Captain Avery Museum

Our Bay's Oysters

September 24, 2017

Consultant and educator Charlotte Rich will use three stories and hands-on activities to examine the Eastern oyster through the lens of industry, culture, and ecology. The stories will explore oyster-harvesting practices, the late 1800s Maryland-Virginia oyster wars, and the life cycle of the Eastern oyster. Hands-on activities include dissection of an oyster, examination of antique and modern harvesting tools, and habitat investigation. Located on the banks of the West River in Shady Side, The Captain Avery Museum dates from the late 19th century when it was home to a waterman and his family, making the museum the perfect destination for learning about and celebrating life on the Bay, past, present, and future.