84 Franklin St Off the south side of Church Circle
Tues-Fri 10-3, Sat noon-4
Named after two prominent local African-American residents, Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, this museum presents arts and crafts, exhibits, lectures, and films, designed to portray the historical life and cultural experiences of African-Americans in Maryland. The site was formerly the Old Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Chesapeake Marine Tours
City Dock at the foot of Main Street
A variety of cruises are offered, weather permitting, aboard one of five vessels.
Day on the Bay Cruise
A 7.5 hour tour on the Annapolis II, passes local landmarks including the Naval Academy, a Victorian lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum across the bay in the restored fishing village of St. Michaels. There is a 3 hour stop for lunch and sightseeing.
two blocks west of the State House at 19 Maryland Ave, off King George Street
Mon–Sat 10–4, Sun noon–4. Closed Jan 1, Thanksgiving, and Dec 25
Built in 1774, this house is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States. The warm redbrick Palladian villa, which consists of two symmetrical wings connected by a central hall, was built in 1774 to the designs of William Buckland. It is an outstanding example of the Maryland five-part plan that connects the central main section of the house by hyphens to semioctagonal wings. Famous for its center doorway of tall Ionic columns, the interior is a showcase of decorative arts and paintings, as well as ornamentation and wood carvings. The house is named for its original owners: Mathias Hammond, a Maryland member of the Provincial Assembly, and the Harwood family, who owned the house before it became a museum. A photo exhibit documents various aspects of the house from the 1920s to the present.
18 Pinkney St
Built in 1715 as a tavern, this building now is now a small museum of Annapolis history, with an herb garden in the rear containing assorted medicinal plants grown in colonial times.
U.S. Naval Academy*
52 King George St
(see note below)
Founded in 1845, this national historic site is the U.S. Navy's undergraduate professional college, spread over 338 acres along the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River on the eastern edge of town.
Among the attractions on the academy grounds are the chapel and crypt of John Paul Jones and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Preble Hall, which contains collections of nautical relics, paintings, ship models, and other historic items.
At noon formation (held in Tecumseh Court at 12:05pm Monday through Friday), all the midshipmen line up and are accounted for before marching in for the noon meal. Commissioning Week, usually the week of the last Wednesday in May, is a colorful time of full-dress parades.
* Unfortunately, at this time, US Naval Academy public tours have been suspended and the grounds closed to all pedestrians and vehicles without US Defense Department identification and authorization.