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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a 142-acre site dedicated to telling the inspiring story of the life and times of Benjamin Banneker, often considered the first African American man of science. The museum’s exhibits chronicle Banneker’s contributions as a largely self-taught mathematician, astronomer, almanac writer, surveyor, abolition advocate and naturalist during the late 1700s.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum has something for everyone. The exhibits, programs and park have something for you whether your interest is history, astronomy, cultural activities, hiking or nature and conservation.

The split log colonial cabin is furnished with reproduced artifacts like those Banneker could have used. Visit the colonial herb garden, vegetable garden and Banneker Orchard.

Three picnic areas are available on a first come, first served basis. A pavilion is available by reservation. Please contact the office for more information on reserving the pavilion.

Meetings of the Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. (November and December they are held on the third Wednesday). All are welcome to attend.

Special Events

Picture of Banneker Museum interior.

Presented in partnership with The Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum

  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Jazz Concerts
  • The "Anniversary Celebration" held in early June.
  • Summer Discovery Camp
  • Colonial Market Fair
  • Benjamin Banneker Birthday Celebration held in November.
  • Kwanzaa Celebration held in December.

Group Educational Field Trip Programs

The park can tailor a specialized program for your scout troop, youth or adult group's next field trip. 
Topics include:

  • Benjamin Banneker's extraordinary life.
  • African-American history in Maryland.
  • Colonial Maryland.
  • Nature and Environmental Conservation.

Contact Information

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Office Location:
300 Oella Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland  21228
Phone 410-887-1081 T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319

Directions and Hours

Interstate 695 to Exit 14 Edmondson Avenue.
Proceed West on Edmondson Avenue to Old Frederick Road (traffic circle).
Turn left onto Old Frederick Road. Turn right at stop sign on Oella Avenue.
Park entrance is on your left.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the park is open daily sunrise to sunset.

Revised September 24, 2015

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