Wander through the streets of historic Annapolis, and you will discover several examples of colonial architecture and the decorative arts, but none can top the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. We toured this historic home on a trip to Annapolis, MD a few years back, but the walls tell so many stories, we just had to dig in a little deeper.
In our effort to highlight the best museums in Maryland, we spoke with Eleni Bozori Office Manager and Events Coordinator at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum to share what makes this historic home so special, why you should visit, and what you need to know before you go.
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Where is the Hammond-Harwood House located?
Location: Hammond-Harwood House Museum, 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
Is the museum accessible?
The tour of the house involves prolonged periods of standing and climbing several flights of stairs. However, there are chairs available in every room of the house that visitors can use.
What topics does Hammond-Harwood House Museum cover?
In the Hammond-Harwood House Museum someone can see the finest examples of decorative and fine arts in Maryland. Items in the collection from the 18th and 19th century include a dining table, set of chairs, sideboard, and tall case clock that belonged to the last private owner of Hammond-Harwood House.
What is your museum’s claim to fame?
The Hammond-Harwood House (built in 1774) is said to have the most beautiful doorway in Colonial America. The last project of the renowned architect, William Buckland, this National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding array off decorative art, a collection of John Shaw furniture and Charles Willson Peale paintings.
What is your favorite exhibit or artifact in the museum?
My favorite exhibit is the architect’s kit and tools we keep in our study at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. It was believed that this drawing set belonged to William Buckland, Hammond-Harwood’s House architect. I am fascinated by the thought that he used these tools to design the colonial house in 1774.
What kinds of special exhibits and events do you host throughout the year?
Every year, the Hammond-Harwood House curates a new exhibition that highlights historical figures and events connected to the house. We also host a permanent exhibition on slavery at Hammond-Harwood House.
These exhibitions are free and open to the public during normal business hours. We also offer several programs and events throughout the year that are posted in our website.
Are there guided tours available?
We only offer 50-minute guided tours with an emphasis on the history of the house and its architect, the families who lived at the site, and the collections contained within the museum. Tours are offered in English, but someone also can take a virtual tour in Spanish through our website.
How much time should someone plan to spend at the museum?
Guided tours are 50 minutes long, but we recommend spending some extra time in the exhibitions, gift shop and the stunning gardens in the back of the house.
What should someone bring with them and what items are not allowed in the museum?
Food, drinks and large items are not allowed in the museum.
Is photography allowed inside (without flash)?
Yes, we do allow photography throughout the home and in the gardens.
What should parents of young children know before visiting the museum?
The Hammond-Harwood House offers educational programs for public, private and home-schooled children of all ages. Kids can also use backpack full of activities in the garden.
What’s the coolest item for sale in the gift shop?
You should definitely check out the collection of books and wooden toys we have available in the shop.
Is there a museum cafe or restaurant?
The museum does not have a cafe or snack stand on the property, but we are an easy walk to many of the best Annapolis restaurants near the water.
What should teachers planning a field trip know before reaching out to you?
The Hammond-Harwood House offers educational programs for public school groups, private school students and home-schooled children of all ages. Programs can be adapted for other children’s groups, just ask!
What else should a visitor know before visiting?
Visitors can request a spotlight tour focused on special interest themes before visiting. For example, we offer a Jane Austen Tour, which we highlight recommend for any Austin lovers out there.
What are your normal days and hours of operation?
- April through December 31st from 12pm to 5pm daily
- Closed Tuesdays
- Walks-Ins Welcome
- Tours are every hour at the top of the hour, last tour at 4pm.
- Group tours are available by appointment only
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Does the museum have a bag check or coat room?
Yes, there is a designated space to store large items.
Is there parking available?
There is street parking available.
Is there an admission fee?
Tickets for our programs, guided tours and special events vary in price and can be purchased either online or over the phone in advance.
- $10 per adult
- $5 for children
- $8 for seniors, AAA & students with proper ID.
- USNA Midshipmen and museum professionals are free of charge.
Credit cards are accepted.