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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Jonathan Wood, Naturalist II
300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
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Museum Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Office Phone: 410-887-1081

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a 142-acre site dedicated to telling the inspiring story of Benjamin Banneker, often considered the first African-American man of science. The museum has something for everyone, whether their interest is colonial history, astronomy, cultural activities, hiking or nature and environmental conservation.


The Banneker Museum interior.
  • Split log colonial cabin—Furnished with reproduced artifacts like those Banneker could have used
  • Colonial herb garden, vegetable garden and orchard
  • Restored 19th-century farmhouse
  • Onsite trails—Including conservation paths and the historic Number 9 Trolley Line Trail. 
  • Picnic area—A picnic area is available for groups of 12 and under on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Banneker's Compass Pavilion—Available by reservation for groups up to 30. Contact the office for information.

Programs and Special Events

For additional program and event information, contact the office or visit our Facebook page.

Special Events

  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Colonial Market Fair—The Benjamin Banneker Foundation supports the annual fair and other projects, such as a story trail, exhibit signs, programs and gardens. 
  • Summer Discovery Camp
  • Juneteenth (a celebration of emancipation)
  • Benjamin Banneker Birthday Celebration (held in November)

Group Educational Field Trip Programs

The park can tailor a specialized program for your scout troop or youth or adult group's next field trip. Field trips are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays and scout programs are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact our office for details and scheduling information. Topics include:

  • Banneker's Life—Students will learn about Benjamin Banneker's life and accomplishments.
  • Ben the Beekeeper—Bees and other pollinators are crucial to our ecosystem. Discover how pollination takes place.
  • Fall Harvest—Fall only. Cost is $5 per child. Benjamin Banneker grew a variety of crops. Learn about these crops and the harvesting methods.
  • Smarty Plants Time—Spring only. $5 per child. Students will learn about Banneker and his contribution to clocks and almanacs. Become a "smarty plant" by using a farmer's almanac for planting.
  • Colonial America—Experience life as it was during Colonial America. Join us for a fun bartering exercise.
  • Kinder Nature—Explore a seasonal topic with one of our naturalists. Enjoy story time, a hike and a craft.
  • Stream Strollers—How does the health of our stream affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay? Wade in with us as we catch critters and observe them. Water shoes or rain boots are a must!


Advanced registration is required for all programs. Register for a program by emailing the Park Office at You will not be added to the park's marketing email list unless you specifically request it. Registrations received on the day of programs will not be answered.

When contacting the office, provide the following:

  • Names of all participants
  • Specify if they are adults or children
  • Phone number
  • Email address

The following rules apply:

  • Payment—Must be made within one week of the confirmation email, or your spot may be yielded to the waiting list. All payments are donations and are nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled. Check or money orders are preferred and should be made payable to Baltimore County, Maryland.
  • Cancellations—All programs and events are rain or shine, unless a rain date is specified. Program leaders will call participants only in the event of cancellation and no less than one hour before the program start.
  • Child Supervision—Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (unless the program is specifically a drop-off program). These programs are not designed to provide childcare. Parents should discuss attendance expectations with their child. Park staff cannot detain youth wishing to leave at any time.
  • Group Programs—Programs are designed for individuals and families, not groups. If you would like to arrange a program for a group or an organization, contact the Park Office.
  • Special Accommodations—Should you require special accommodations (i.e. language interpreter, large print, etc.) give as much notice as possible by calling the Park Office or Therapeutic Recreation Office.

Upcoming Programs

About Benjamin Banneker

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.

Revised April 14, 2022         
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