Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Catonsville

#84 of 163 in Museums in Maryland
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Visit the former homestead of the remarkable Colonial historical figure Benjamin Banneker! In addition to our exhibits (both permanent and changing), we offer a wide selection of films and videos for viewing (see list below). Arrangements can be made to have a storyteller entertain your group with portrayals of the lives of Benjamin Banneker, Mary Bannaky and Molly Bannaky. Reserve a tour for your students today to learn about:

-Benjamin Banneker's extraordinary life

-African-American history in Maryland

-What life was like in the 18th Century

-Nature and Environmental Conservation

*Should you require special accommodations (i.e., language interpreter, large print, etc.) for a visit to our museum, please give as much notice as possible by calling the museum/park office at 410-887-1081 or the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370. For our friends who use a TDD, please dial 410-877-5319. The museum is wheelchair accessible, as is our picnic gazebo and the Bannaky/Treuth House.
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  • Spent an enjoyable visit with my grandson. It is situated in a lovely park that is well maintained just east of Ellicott City. It is staffed with excellent docents. The museum offers 2 introductory...  more »
  • I visited this event for the first time this year. I will go back every year and tell everyone I know. The staff were all in colonial dress and stayed in character. On site was a Cooper making wooden....  more »
  • My kids and I visited here recently and it was amazing! The replica of Benjamin Banneker's cabin is very much worth seeing, and the museum has a children's room where they can look at some of the cool, native species of animals (reptiles and amphibians) that they keep in several aquariums. We'll be going back!
  • Spotted this museum and park as I drove and came back to take a look. It's a small but nice museum. There's a cabin behind the museum that shows what his cabin might have looked like. From what I saw, the museum focused more on his scientific achievements and only gives a nod to his efforts to advocate against slavery and racism. Also, I left wondering where his descendants are...the offspring of his siblings... I am really excited to go hiking in the park though. I'm glad that Maryland stopped further development of the land to preserve Bannaker's family land.

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