Located on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis, Maryland is a beautiful city to tour on foot. Boasting more surviving Colonial buildings than any other city in the country, Annapolis itself is living history. Aside from its stunning historic architecture, Annapolis is also home to almost a dozen museums. All of our favorite museums are located within a short walk of one another in downtown Annapolis, offering plenty of family things to do in Annapolis in one great location.
Paca House & Garden
The five-part Georgian mansion was built in the 1760s by William Paca, one of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Meticulously restored to its original splendor, the Paca House and its spectacular gardens are a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours of the house and its surrounding two acres, which features period furnishings and art, heirloom plants, and a pond, reveal the lifestyle of an upper-class household in colonial and revolutionary Annapolis.
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial visually portrays the resilience of the human spirit during times of conflict. The museum conveys Alex Haley’s vision for national racial reconciliation and healing. The exhibits tell stories and bring recognition to the hardworking people who helped build America but were brought to here against their will. The Alex Haley Memorial stresses the importance of maintaining strong family connections and of honoring family history and cultural heritage.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum is the state of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage. The museum aims to document, interpret, and promote African American history and culture through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to spread understanding and appreciation of America’s rich cultural diversity.
Maryland State House
Completed in 1779, the Maryland State House served as America’s first peacetime capitol and is the oldest state house still in legislative use. It was nationally significant during the American Revolution because it was the site of George Washington’s resignation as commander in chief from the Continental Army and was also the site where the Treaty of Paris was ratified. Today, the Maryland State House is a National Historic Landmark.
US Naval Academy Museum
Located on the grounds of the US Naval Academy, the museum offers two floors of exhibits showcasing the history of sea power, the development of the US Navy, and the role of the US Naval Academy in training officers of the American sailors and marines. Historic artifacts, videos, and audio recordings honor the stories of the men and women who bravely served their country.
Enjoy Family Things to Do in Annapolis
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