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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Encompassing 138 acres and containing extensive nature trails, the primary focus of this park is the museum highlighting the contributions of Benjamin Banneker, the first African American man of science. This site includes a visitors center, featuring a collection of Banneker's works, community gallery and patio garden. The museum also offers an extensive historical archive media presentations, storytellers and the North Star Gift Shop

Originally the 1737 farmstead of a famous colonial family, today this Patapsco River Valley site presents an array of programs in cultural and natural history, serving local community and national heritage needs.

Meetings of the Friends of Banneker Historical Park 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.

Annual Programs

Picture of Banneker Museum interior.

Presented in partnership with The Friends of Banneker Historical Park

  • The "Anniversary Celebration" held in early June.
  • Summer Saturday Nature Series.
  • Summer Jazz Festival.
  • Saturday Youth Jazz Workshop.
  • Benjamin Banneker Birthday Celebration held in November.
  • The Holiday Toy Drive.
  • Kwanzaa Celebration held in December.

Group Educational Field Trip Programs

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

  • Benjamin Banneker's extraordinary life.
  • African-American history in Maryland.
  • What life was like in the 18th Century.
  • Nature and Environmental Conservation.

Contact Information

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 May 5, 2014

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