Banneker-Douglass Museum

Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis: Hours, Address, Banneker-Douglass Museum Reviews: 5/5

Banneker-Douglass Museum
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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60 reviews
Very good

Valerie H
New York City, NY12 contributions
Nov 2021
My husband planned a wonderful and memorable birthday celebration for me which included tours of African American sites in Annapolis. One tour was this incredible museum. What made the experience memorable was the private tour led by Mr. LeRonn Herbert, a member of the administrative team at the museum. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and expertise were impeccable. We learned so much about the important historical figures who are among the heroes and heroines of African American history and how their courage and tenacity made our liberation possible. Depending on your current knowledge of African American history, you may or may not need a guide. If you need a private guide, please request Mr. Herbert.
Written 7 December 2021
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,444 contributions
Jun 2019
This truly a hidden gem. The museum is small but educational. Our host was extremely knowledgeable about Banneker and Douglas. As we walked through the museum you could visualize things from that period. This a must see musuem for people of all color and ages. Seeing the pictures of that time period lets you see how thing were back then.
Written 21 May 2020
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Robert S
Edgewater, MD10 contributions
Feb 2019
The staff was immediately welcoming to my three kids and me. They commenced with giving us a brief history lesson about the bldg. and some of its unique past, little-known details. The upstairs is where most of the museum seemed to be, and it was nicely laid out. I would like it to be quite a bit bigger, and perhaps have a few more audio exhibits. Otherwise, it was well worth our time and made for a nice visit. Thank you.
Written 7 November 2019
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Griswold, CT772 contributions
Oct 2019
This small museum does an excellent job of presenting African American history from the earliest slave trading days through the civil rights movement and to more contemporary events. There is an informative and interesting film about Frederick Douglass. The exhibits are well presented. I learned a lot. The gentleman at the front desk was also very interesting, explaining the museum and history. If you continue to Richmond, make sure you see the Maggie L Walker home! She is mentioned at this museum and is an amazing woman.
Written 11 October 2019
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Paul L
Reading, PA36 contributions
Aug 2019
This small museum has an outstanding array of African-American history from the early slave trade to contemporary issues and events. We hightly recommend the film dramatization about Frederick Douglass. Photos are permitted of the displays.
Written 18 August 2019
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Emily M
Annapolis, United States44 contributions
Feb 2019
A fairly new museum, 1984, it records and honors Benjamin Banneker (born free in Maryland) and Frederick Douglass (born a slave in Maryland) and their contributions to our nation. Both opposed slavery, both fought for equality. Bannekker was a methematician and scientist (who I learned about in school but likely wouldn't have had he not been a Marylander); Douglass escaped slavery and became a great orator and writer. There is a video presentation well worth watching. The museum is small and going through it can be completed in just a few hours, but is very information. I also enjoyed the art galleries there. While very attractive for African Americans eager to embrace their heritage, it was just as meaningful to me and I encourage anyone to check it out,
Written 2 July 2019
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Newport, RI17 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The size & approach taken in this museum was perfect. Rather than overwhelming the visitor with too much information, they made history very meaningful. The little theater had short films on the life of several community activists. The exhibits were enhanced with audio recordings. The preserved church had art works on display at the time of our visit. Overall a very clean, well maintained, welcoming educational experience. Free Admission but we left a well deserved donation.
Written 29 May 2019
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Sue R
Westerose, Canada26 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
With all of the history that Annapolis has, this is the ONLY place that really brings forward the culture and strength of the Africian-Americans, and their ancestors. With thousands of captives coming ashore and leaving their mark in history, how can this museum take second place to any botanical garden, or empty house once owned by some big shot politician. Please drop in and spend an hour with the most informative history teacher I have ever met!
Written 22 May 2019
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Maryland129 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Ventured out to Annapolis specifically to ck this place out. And despite being from the south, and having stepped in just about every slavery museum in Dixie, AND the African-American Smithsonian museum (twice!!). I always find out that I have yet to learn all there is to know about the history of slavery.

There's street/meter parking around the corner (?fee) and apt/weekend parking for $3/hr across the street (only about 10 slots: we got lucky and didn't have to drive around looking for street space).

Very small museum: easily done in an hour -maybe 90minutes if you listen to each and every video or audio available -and it's free. There was a sign that you could pay for tours, but the young girl at the front desk didn't seem too aware of much. We walked in, looked at her, she looked at us, and silence. Then she said sign in, which we did, and then more stares. I finally asked "uh, so, where do we start?"

We leaned from the security guy that the church had been an AME church many years ago, but the age of the building led to costly upkeep so the congregation sold it to the city and moved. City was to tear it down to make it a parking garage but enough folk gathered together, formed a society and fought to make it a Md landmark.
The guard was full of great bits of info, and though he didnt follow us around he popped up from time to time w even MORE INTERESTING history nuggets: wish Ida got his name

Basically 3 sections: walk in and to the left is a small reading room: tv w a rolling story, and various seating options if you care to pick up a book or look through photos. The theme, like many museums exhibits, changes periodically (or so the volunteer -security gentleman told us)
Straight ahead are stairs to the second floor, or an elevator. (Restrooms are to the left of the Elevator) Per his guidance we took the elevator to the third floor and worked our way down

Third floor on one side is office area (workers only) and the other leads to the balcony of the old church. Much like the reading room the exhibit here changes periodically. This outing celebrated the 35th anniversary of the museum by showing 50yrs of personal work by Laurence Hurst-Baltimore native artist, and others

One lap around the balcony doesn't take long and you can take the stairs to the main church floor, or ride the elevator to the 2nd floor. Continued exhibit of what was on the balcony: again, one lap around doesn't take long.

The other side of the second floor is the history of some slavery specific to Maryland and of course info on Banneker and Douglas and Harriet Tubman.

Plus a few others you may/may not have heard of. Like Herbert Frisby: 2nd African American to the North Pole. We all hear about Matthew Henson (the first), but it was Frisby who actually left a plaque at the North Pole commemorating Henson. (I like his quote about adventure: he visited the polar regions over 22 times, simply because "a negro isn't supposed to be interested in such things"! A man after my own heart!)

Not only slavery, but the history of blacks in MD in general is presented: photos of high society, private black beaches with concerts featuring Sara Vaughn, and more.

There appeared to be a class of ?4th graders w a tour guide listening and actively participating - a delight to watch them engage and learn.

I'd def recommend stopping in and spending an hour or so: you might learn something you never knew!

Oh yeah. The security guard also shared with us the story of Stage Coach Mary, and Bass Reeves - look them up: thumbs up

You can leave a monetary donation.

Across the street and to the right is 1747: self proclaimed oldest pub in Md. read my review of it, if you care too
Written 18 February 2019
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Baltimore, MD16 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
An hour of your time at this free museum is time well-spent. Learn about important African American history and check out some great Maryland artists.
Written 21 January 2019
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Banneker-Douglass Museum is open:
  • Tue - Wed 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM