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Annapolis Maritime Museum

723 Second St. Eastport, Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 295-0104

About Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park is a waterfront museum at the mouth of Back Creek overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The museum is housed in what was historically the last oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. The museum engages visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis. Our displays include an 850-gallon aquarium, a traditional deadrise workboat, and the history of the McNasby seafood packing company. The Museum operates from a waterside campus on the shores of Back Creek, with unequaled views of the Chesapeake Bay. The historic McNasby building is the ideal setting for meaningful waterfront education experiences, maritime seminars, concerts, and other programs and events.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park offers education programs for school-aged children and adults as well as exhibits and special event, an annual winter lecture series, art exhibits. The museum space is available for private rentals. For more information about volunteer opportunities and upcoming events, please visit

The museum is FREE and open to the public Wednesday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The museum is open year-round. Our docks are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. Private tours can be scheduled any day of the week, please call 443-214-5872.



- Family Friendly

- Pet Friendly


- Gift Shop / Shopping On Site

- Group Tours Available

- Private Tours Available

- Restrooms Onsite



- Wheelchair


- Sunday

11:00am - 3:00pm

- Thursday

11:00am - 3:00pm

- Friday

11:00am - 3:00pm

- Saturday

11:00am - 3:00pm

- Free Parking

A Worth the Visit Kinda Place
While a small place the Annapolis Maritime Museum takes one on the journey of the rich ecology and maritime heritage of Annapolis. The museum is the former home of McNasby Oyster Company. The... Read Full Review
Excellent Hands-on Encounter in a Small Format
First, it is free (donations welcome). Second, it is TWO large rooms in the old Mcnasy Oyster Co. building. Thus, 45 min to 1 hr. is about tops unless you are a true officiando. Third, it is... Read Full Review
Well worth a visit. We will return in the summer months to enjoy all of the displays. We were most impressed by the displays and the recent history. WOW! Read Full Review

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Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
Annapolis Maritime Museum

Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning

March 24, 2018

Celebrate the coming of spring at this feast of the Chesapeake’s most cherished bivalve. The eighth annual Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, a fundraiser for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will take place at the Museum’s waterfront campus from Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Last year over 700 oyster enthusiasts from nine Mid-Atlantic attended the event. Come out to enjoy the festivities including the burning of the socks – a tradition at the Museum celebrating the arrival of boating season--live music, including the perennial favorite Eastport Oyster Boys, and the chance to show your shucking prowess in an oyster shucking competition. Explore and climb aboard an authentic Skipjack, a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel built in 1902 and designed to harvest oysters. As an added bonus this year, the event will feature electric boat rides on Back Creek. Take a water tour of our new Park campus! Of course, there will be plenty of oysters – raw, steamed and roasted. For a modest fee, additional food, beer, wine, dark & stormys, George's bloody marys with Tito's vodka, and soft drinks will be available. Guests who purchase the “People’s Choice” ticket will be wowed by samples of the best oyster dish from 10 premier Annapolis area restaurants and caterers. Tasting starts at noon and ends when samples are gone. “People’s Choice” guests will vote for the best oyster dish and can enjoy all the activities included in Oyster Roast ticket.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park.

2018 Winter Lecture Series
Annapolis Maritime Museum

2018 Winter Lecture Series

January 11, 2018

You are invited to warm up with the enriching Winter Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum beginning Thursday, January 11, 2018.  The popular educational and informative series of eight wintertime talks provides rich and stimulating topics from an esteemed group of lecturers.  Lecture topics represent a diverse and exciting range of interests, from the history of how the Chesapeake Bay was created to local maritime and military history. Lectures at the Annapolis Maritime Museum will be held Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., January 11th through March 1st. Admission is $10 per lecture and FREE for First Mate-level AMM members and above. Join at the $100 level, and admission to all eight lectures is free, along with many other perks of membership. Lectures take place in the Museum’s Bay Room located at 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403. The 2018 Winter Lecture Series is presented by BB&T and sponsored by Ginger Cove.  Complete Schedule: January 11 | 7 p.m. Tidewater by Steamboat: When the region’s highways were made of water Presenter: Jack Shaum | Author and Broadcast Journalist   January 18 | 7 p.m.            The Ecological History of the Chesapeake Bay: The pre-Colonial and post-Colonial Chesapeake Bay Presenter: Grace Brush | Johns Hopkins University January 25 | 7 p.m.            The 35 Million Year Geological History of the Bay: How an extra-terrestrial event created the Chesapeake Presenter: Jeff Watkins | JX3 Energy February 1 | 7 p.m. The Ecology of Chesapeake Blue Crabs: The Strange and Wonderful Science of Blue Crabs Presenter: Dr. Anson “Tuck” Hines | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center February 8 | 7 p.m. Brook Trout in Maryland: Understanding Our Native Gem Presenter: Matt Sell | Maryland Department of Natural Resources February 15 | 7 p.m. 35th America’s Cup Presenter: Tucker Thompson | America’s Cup February 22 | 7 p.m. Baltimore’s Own: USS Constellation, Flagship of the African Squadron Presenter: Christopher Rowsom | Historic Ships in Baltimore March 1 | 7 p.m. Teaching American history through battlefields:  The importance of saving historic sites as outdoor classrooms Presenter: O. James Lighthizer | Civil War Trust The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a not for profit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults about the Annapolis area's rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events.