Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a 142-acre site dedicated to telling the inspiring story of the life and times of Benjamin Banneker, often considered the first African-American man of science. 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.
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum has something for everyone whether their interest is history, astronomy, cultural activities, hiking or nature and conservation. The Banneker Historical Park and Museum preserves the cultural and natural history of the colonial era by offering special programs in colonial history and extensive environmental conservation, particularly for American native plants.
The split log colonial cabin is furnished with reproduced artifacts like those Banneker could have used. Visit the colonial herb garden, vegetable garden and Banneker Orchard.
Many trails can be found on site, including conservation paths and the historic Number 9 Trolley Line Trail. The museum presents changing exhibitions in history, art, culture and science, and a permanent exhibit on the life of Benjamin Banneker. In addition to the museum, the park also features a newly restored 19th-century farmhouse.
Meetings of the Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. (In November and December, they are held on the third Wednesday.) All are welcome to attend.
Pavilions and Picnic Area
A picnic area is available for groups of 12 and under on a first-come, first-served basis. Banneker’s Compass Pavilion is available for groups up to 30 by reservation. Please contact the office at 410-887-1081 for more information on reserving the pavilion.
Programs and Special Events
For additional program and event information, please contact the office or visit our Facebook page.
Presented in partnership with The Friends of Banneker Historical Park and Museum:
- Earth Day Celebration
- Jazz Concerts
- The “Anniversary Celebration” held in early June
- Summer Discovery Camp
- Juneteenth (a celebration of emancipation)
- Benjamin Banneker Birthday Celebration held in November
- Kwanzaa Celebration held in December
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. Contact our office for scheduling information. Topics include:
- Benjamin Banneker’s extraordinary life
- African-American history in Maryland
- Colonial Maryland
- Nature and environmental conservation