The 10 Best Museums in Maryland!

Maryland is steeped in history and culture. To celebrate that history and culture, we visit museums that preserve art and artifacts, telling us a story from before our time. Whether you are a nature over itching to learn about the Chesapeake Bay or you simply want to observe spectacular art, there are plenty of options for you in Maryland. It’s not easy to narrow this down to just 10, but here are our favorites that will surely delight your friends and family.

1. Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD

Port Discovery is a Baltimore Children's Museum. This is one of the best children's museums in the entire country. It is three stories tall and has a wide variety of hands-on exhibits that will thrill children of all ages. Whether your child wants to climb high above the floor in an indoor jungle gym, play with boats and water, pretend to be a cashier, create incredible art, or build the best Lego tower ever—they can do it all at Port Discovery.

2. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD

If you live in Maryland, the chances of you not enjoying boating is incredibly slim. We are a waterman's state and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum celebrates that heritage. In addition to having a collection of artifacts from the Bay and permanent exhibits, they also have vessels for you to explore. However, one of the best things about this museum is that it's on the water and they have events on a regular basis. You can head to the museum for a summertime concert or you can visit for Free Fishing Fridays. The museum provides guests with the equipment and the bait, all free of charge. This is true Maryland heaven.

3. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD

If you love science, this is the place to be. You can get lost exploring their three levels of exhibits or you can spend time in the planetarium and observatory. What’s so excellent about the science center is that it's incredibly interactive. For example, you can go and launch a tennis ball using compressed air. Their memberships are affordable too, so this is a museum you and your family can enjoy.

4. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Enjoy Picassos and Matisses up close, marvel at Tiffany, or acquaint yourself with modern artists. Their art docents are spectacularly knowledgeable and happy to conduct tours. Plus, they have a variety of family events. Entrance to the Baltimore Museum of Art is free but you may need to purchase a ticket for specific exhibits.

5. Montpelier Mansion, Laurel, MD

If you love history and the breathtaking architecture of Georgian style plantation houses, Montpelier Mansion is an excellent place to visit. Located in Prince George's County this home was once visited by George Washington. Kids can dress up in colonial-style clothes and play old-fashioned games that the children of George Washington were likely to have played. And let’s not forget about their dinosaur park. Since fossils were discovered on-site, they have created an area where children can dig for dinosaur bones. This is truly a fun adventure for both children and parents alike.

6. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

The outdoor art surrounding the American Visionary Art Museum is truly breathtaking. Pushing boundaries and challenging your expectations is something that the museum does incredibly well. Thus, even reluctant art lovers will find themselves hard-pressed not to crack a grin while exploring an old bus turned into a mosaic masterpiece or an adult artist’s interpretation of an old-school K’NEX set. Breathtaking and truly spectacular, this is a museum that you don't want to miss.

7. Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, MD

The Banneker-Douglass Museum makes its home in the former Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, constructed in 1875. This is where you can go to see African American history in Maryland and the Chesapeake region from 1633 to the Civil Rights movement. They also have fun events that bring history to life, like through their “Jumping the Broom” exhibit.

8. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park, MD

For a collection of aircrafts that include new F-35s head to Pa River Naval Air Museum. They have reserved a rich collection of naval aviation research and artifacts. You can climb inside of planes, helicopters, and jets so this is a truly interactive experience for aviation lovers.

9. Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD

Fort McHenry is not your normal museum. This is a national park with a museum within the visitor center. Fort McHenry is a star-shaped fort that was made famous in the War of 1812. It was from the Baltimore Harbor that the “Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key who was looking toward the fort to see if our flag was still flying. This is a must-see destination for anyone living in or visiting Maryland. You have the benefit of reading about the history and seeing artifacts, and then going outside to walk the fort, see the harbor and experience the things you just learned about. For an unforgettable experience, visit Fort McHenry on the Fourth of July. Huzzah!

10. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD

Railroads are classic Americana. If you head to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, you can see historic equipment along with different model trains that are set up for specific events. The B&O Railroad Museum has a reputation for having some of the best railroad treasures in the entire world.

Maryland Search
Visit a Museum Near You
Find Museums Near You
18 North Howard Street, Aberdeen, MD
Incorporated in 1991 as a non-profit organization, the Aberdeen Room is an historical and educational facility of the City of Aberdeen. Affiliated ... Read More
723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD
Focus & Impact The Annapolis Maritime Museum educates youth and adults about the Annapolis area's rich maritime heritage and the ecology of ... Read More
900 Arnoldstown Road, Jefferson, MD
Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. In the late 1800's, Gathland featured a unique co... Read More
7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD
The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum is part of the Washington County Park System. On May 12, 2001 our 7,200 square-foot facility was dedica... Read More
401 High Street, Cambridge, MD
Our Mission: The Museum was founded in memory of Capt. James B. Richardson, a prominent local boatbuilder. "Mr. Jim's" dedication to the tradit... Read More
10219 River Landing Road West, Denton, MD
The Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret the evolution and development of the land, its inhabitants and their interrelationship with... Read More
69 Hill Street, Frostburg, MD
Mission The purpose of the Frostburg Museum Association shall be to acquire, document, catalogue, preserve, and display artifacts and other items ... Read More
69 Hill Street, Frostburg, MD
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Frostburg Museum Association shall be to acquire, document, catalogue, preserve, and display artifacts and o... Read More
10B Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD
Mission: We are a community museum that provides gateways to the New Deal history and living legacy of Greenbelt, Maryland. The Greenbelt Museum in... Read More
14111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown, MD
"To Preserve, Protect, Educate, Motivate and inspire others to live for Christ." Read More
14235 Oak Springs Road, Hagerstown, MD
About Us:The Hagerstown Aviation Museum, Inc. is an all volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of th... Read More
215 Giles Street, Havre de Grace, MD
Located on the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses one of the finest collections of working and decorat... Read More
100 Lafayette Street, Havre de Grace, MD
Mission: The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum's mission is to collect, document, preserve and interpret the maritime skills and heritage of the Lowe... Read More
461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, MD
About Us: Steppingstone Farm Museum preserves the Harford County farming culture and artifacts of the turn of the 20th century, educates the public... Read More
817 Conesteo Street, Havre de Grace, MD
History: Construction on the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal was begun in 1836 and completed in 1840. The 45 miles of canal ran from Havre de Grac... Read More
701 Wilson Point Rd, Ste. 5, Middle River, MD
Founded in 1990, The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is a private, non-profit, tax exempt Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3 corporation. The M... Read More
101 S. Morris Street, Oxford, MD
Mission and Vision: The Oxford Museum collects, records, interprets and shares materials relating to the history of Oxford, Maryland and the surro... Read More
20880 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall, MD
The concept for the Waterman's Museum began in 1990, when a committee of representatives from the Rock Hall community and Haven Harbour Marina deci... Read More
213 North Talbot Street, Saint Michaels, MD
Mission:The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay.VALUE... Read More
5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD
The majority of historic information about the Battle of Antietam is in this section of our web site. The table below lists categories and links to... Read More
Show More
Select a Maryland town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Baltimore City County