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
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. It was from this site that Banneker crafted one of the first all-American-made wooden clocks and wrote his almanacs and famous correspondence with Thomas Jefferson. In 1791, Banneker was assigned to the Pierre L'Enfant team to survey for the new federal city, Washington D.C.
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 Banneker Historical Park and Museum preserves the cultural and natural history of the colonial era by offering special programs in colonial history and extensive environmental conservation, particularly for American native plants.
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.
Within the site many trails can be found, including conservation paths and the historic Number 9 Trolley Line Trail. The museum presents changing exhibitions in history, art, culture and science, and a constant exhibit on the life of Benjamin Banneker. In addition to the museum, the park also features a newly restored 19th century farmhouse.
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
The Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum website is currently under construction. For additional program and event information please contact the office or visit their Facebook page.
2016 Summer Discovery Camp
Discover colonial life skills and crafts, orienteering and astronomy. Explore Banneker's farmstead with hikes, outdoor activities and nature exploration.
- July 25 through July 29, 2016
August 8 through August 12, 2016
9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Children ages 8 to 10
- August 1 through August 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Children ages 5 to 7
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.
- Benjamin Banneker's extraordinary life
- African-American history in Maryland
- Colonial Maryland
- Nature and Environmental Conservation
Revised January 15, 2016