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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

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

Naturalist: Justine Schaeffer
Administrative Aide: Kathy Kadow

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

300 Oella Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21228

Phone: 410-887-1081 T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319
Fax: 410-203-2747


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.

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.

Pavilions and Picnic Areas

Three picnic areas are available on a first come, first served basis. A pavilion is available by reservation. Please contact the office at 410-887-1081 for more information on reserving the pavilion.

Programs and Special Events

Picture of Banneker Museum interior.

Please visit the Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum website for additional program and event information.

Special Events

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. Contact our office for scheduling information.
Topics include:

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

Revised November 2, 2015

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