Museum of Historic Annapolis
99 Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Begin your discovery of Annapolis, A Museum Without Walls™, at HA's new exhibition, Annapolis: An American Story at the Museum of Historic Annapolis at 99 Main Street. This new exhibition is now open Mondays through Fridays!
Annapolis: An American Story shares dramatic stories of Annapolis and its diverse people – revolutionaries, visionaries, and champions in our nation’s continuing quest for liberty and justice – who helped to shape our American story across more than 450 years. An inspiring film, three floors of colorful exhibits, and an amazing collection of objects provide a fun learning experience, spark visitor interests, and share more information about 10 partner sites to offer you a more in-depth visitor experience.
The Museum of Historic Annapolis is conveniently located near City Dock in the downtown Colonial Annapolis Historic District. It is just steps away from a variety of restaurants and shops, and other interesting sites and museums.
This project is funded in part by:
This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Current Exhibit —
We Hold These Truths: Maryland's Signers and the Declaration of Independence
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Historic Annapolis, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, We Hold These Truths: Maryland’s Signers and the Declaration of Independence at the William Paca House and Garden.
This exhibition closely examines the Declaration of Independence and explores the lives of the Maryland men who pledged themselves to its purpose and ideals: William Paca, Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and Thomas Stone. Each of these men lived in Annapolis at one time or another, and Annapolis is the only city in the nation that still has surviving houses of all of its state’s signers. In the new exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to view historic objects associated with each signer and learn the surprising “truths” about the personal and political lives of these four patriots.
This project is funded by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland and The General Society of Colonial Wars.
Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, developed by Historic Annapolis in 2013, is now owned by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
Freedom Bound tells the stories of nine freedom-seekers who tried to escape from forced servitude between 1728 and 1864. “Freedom” was their goal, but that meant different things to different people at different times. Some escape attempts succeeded, while other runaways were recaptured. For most whose flight is documented in historic newspapers, such as Annapolis’s Maryland Gazette, their fates remain unknown. Through Freedom Bound, visitors meet people who were treated as property and discover how they resisted that condition and asserted some degree of control over their lives and circumstances. Each of the displays represents an actual individual’s story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers—indentured servants, slaves, and convict servants—who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region.
Funding and support for “Freedom Bound” provided by: Institute of Museum and Library Sciences / Maryland Heritage Areas Authority / Maryland Historical Trust / Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission / Severn Bank / Winifred Gordon Foundation / Jane Campbell-Chambliss Auctioneers / Maryland Humanities Council / Harley W. Howell Charitable Foundation