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Address: 84 Franklin St, Annapolis, MD 21401-2738
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The history of Africans in the Americas is fraught with tension. This self-guided museum is a primer on Black history in Maryland and should not be missed. I have traveled to DC... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Saundra D
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of Africans in the Americas is fraught with tension. This self-guided museum is a primer on Black history in Maryland and should not be missed. I have traveled to DC often but this was my first trip to Annapolis (strange since I am a NAVY vet). This is a perfect town for walking to see the sites and... More 

Thank Saundra D
Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

It took many years for Annapolis to recognize the achievements of its African-American citizens. The Banneker-Douglas Museum is the place to go if you want to learn about Annapolis' other history. And I don't mean slaves, although that it also a part of the museum's story, from rusty manacles to bills of sale for slaves sold at auction down at... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This exhibit is small but very educational. It covers a great deal of Black History in Maryland. It's amazing how many great people came from MD and made such a difference. You can do this in about an hour. The Gentleman up front are beyond friendly and very knowledgeable. It's kept very clean and a must when visiting Annapolis.

Thank ChuckLz14
Annapolis, Maryland
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I took my parents here recently and we really enjoyed reading about local history. We spent a little over an hour walking through the museum and a very nice man was available to answer questions and share stories on our way out. I will definitely bring more visiting family members and friends here.

Thank InThePassengerSeat
Paradise, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 June 2016

The gentlemen attending this museum were wonderful! Full of facts and historical value. Beautiful building.

Thank mildeb53
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 June 2016

The museum staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The current exhibits on lacrosse and jumpin' the broom were fun for both us and our child. The permanent exhibit on history from the last 400 years was engaging and well done. Recommend as a must visit!

Thank MattfromIowa
Boca Raton, Florida
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92 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Mr. Hyman provided a fine introduction to this museum jewel. From Kunta Kinte to Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Thurgood Marshall and Mayor Schmoke, Maryland has a central role in African American history fitting of its geographic location adjacent to the Mason Dixon line. Artisans, Teachers, Quilters, Civil Rights advocates, judges, fisherman all contributed to the "Little America" state... More 

Thank wil b
Rome, Georgia
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Very friendly staff....Nice museum. Learned some things i didn't know. Nice artwork upstairs too! Everything is well kept and presented in a thoughtful way.

Thank Jeff C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016

I likes the small museum part that walks us through the history of African-Americans in Maryland. We went through in about 20 minutes.

Thank aqtweed
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

This museum records key events and emotions of slavery and the civil rights movement in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Neither north nor south geographically, Maryland was south in its attitudes toward, and treatment of, African Americans. How some slaves became free and what they did with their freedom are sensitively portrayed. But the residue of slavery remained in into the... More 

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