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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

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. Learn more about the site's features and history. The museum has something for everyone, whether their interest is colonial history, astronomy, cultural activities, hiking or nature and environmental conservation.

Annual events include:

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

Upcoming Events and Programs

View the full calendar of upcoming events and programs.

Register for a Program

Advanced registration is required for all programs. Read the program rules.

 

Request a Specialized Program

The park can tailor specialized programs for:

  • Scout Troops—Offered on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Youth and Adults—Field trips are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Topics include:

  • Banneker's Life—Learn about Banneker's life and accomplishments.
  • Ben the Beekeeper—Learn about pollination and the ways in which bees and other pollinators are crucial to our ecosystem.
  • Fall Harvest—Cost is $5 per child. Learn about the variety of crops grown by Banneker and their harvesting methods. (Available in fall only.)
  • Smarty Plants Time—$5 per child. Learn about Banneker's contribution to clocks and almanacs and how to use a farmer's almanac for planting. (Available in spring only.)
  • Colonial America—Experience life during Colonial America via a fun bartering exercise.
  • Kinder Nature—Explore a seasonal topic story time, a hike and a craft with one of our naturalists. 
  • Stream Strollers—Catch critters in a stream and observe them to learn about how the health of our streams affects the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Water shoes or rain boots required.

Call 410-887-3871. for details and scheduling information.

Request a Group Program

Programs are designed for individuals and families, not groups. To arrange a program for a group or organization, call 410-887-3871.

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Contact Us

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

Office Hours:

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park Hours:

Open daily
Sunrise to sunset

Museum Hours:

Tuesday through Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone:

Naturalist II

Jonathan Wood

 
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