The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is a testament to the achievements of the African American farmer and scientist, Benjamin Banneker (It is located on the original farm his family owned). During his time, African Americans were considered inferior in intelligence to Europeans. Although small in size, the Benjamin Banneker Museum tells the story of how one man proved the notion wrong.
A New Start
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum facilities were opened to the public in 1989 with the museum opening in 1998.
There have been many staff changes, including Justine Schaeffer, the new Director, and Kathy Kadow, the new Administrative Aide. Justine has a background in Natural History, and Kathy has a background in Marketing.
With an increase in staff naturalists and historians, the museum is able to increase the number of weekend programs.
There are many programs suitable for individuals and families with children available at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, hosted by the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historic Park and Museum. Activities include arts, music, culture, living history, and nature/environmental programs.
Throughout the year, the park and museum offers living history programs, such as the annual Colonial Market Days. (2nd week of June) Learn how people lived and worked during Benjamin Banneker’s time, and discover the successes of the great scientist.
The park offers many arts, music, and cultural programs. They have a community exhibit space at the museum rotating throughout the year. Also check out their Summer Jazz Concerts.
Learn about native plants and animals through nature programs for children and adults. During the summer, children can join the Summer Saturday Nature Series every Saturday. Adults may want to check out the native plant sale, demonstration orchard, or the Oella Community Garden.
And Much More
Everyone can experience exhibit residents and park wildlife, including box turtles, rabbits, owls, woodpeckers, and other creatures. Or discover 142-acres of nature trails – whether you walk, ride, or run.
History workshops, compatible with the Maryland Department of Education‘s Common Core Curriculum are offered to schools. They are hour and a half to two hour sessions.
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What You Need to Know
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is located on 300 Oella Avenue in Oella, Maryland.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset 7 days per week, 365 days of the year. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is free to the public, although some programs require a registration fee.
All programs require pre-registration with payments due 5 days after registration. Unless specified all programs are rain or shine. Geared towards families and individuals, programs are not designed for groups or as daycare.
All children 13 and under must attend with a responsible adult. Arrangements can be made for organizational and group programs by calling the Park Office.
So check out what’s new at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, and learn how scientist Benjamin Banneker disproved the notion that African Americans were inferior in intelligence to Europeans. Further information about the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum can be found at the link below.
A short biography of Benjamin Banneker can found in the article written by the Baltimore Family Entertainment Examiner entitled, Maryland Astronomy History at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum,
Have a great day!
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Avenue
Oella, MD 21228