Annapolis Maritime Museum is the quintessential Maryland wedding venue in the heart of Annapolis. It sits right on the bay with dock access, boats galore, and overflowing with history. Paige and her fabulous event team make each event so warm and flow smoothly. The space holds 150 comfortably for a seated dinner and up to 200 for a more cocktail reception-style wedding! Their cocktail hour is often on the deck overlooking the water with an amazing view of the sunset. Only minutes from downtown, it makes it easy to have a ceremony else where at the local churches in Annapolis or parks near by!
Two of our favorite Annapolis Maritime Museum weddings:
What’s one interesting fact about Annapolis Maritime Museum?
The Annapolis Maritime Museum was Annapolis’s last remaining oyster packing plant, so the building is full of maritime heritage! Native Annapolitans remember their seafood days fondly.
What do you have planned for the future?
The Annapolis Maritime Museum has recently acquired a 2nd location, a 12 acre nature park on the other side of Back Creek. This will be the headquarters for the Education programs, and after renovations are done it will open up for venue rentals! It will be a great spot for family picnics, birthday parties, casual weddings, and team building events!
Tell me about your favorite wedding last season.
We actually had a wedding book our space 3 weeks before their big day! They ran into some problems with their previously booked venue, and made the decision to switch to us at the last minute. Given that it was November, we had the availability to make it happen! We loved the couple’s great attitude about the change in plans, and the wedding was absolutely gorgeous. It was fun for us to get some “winter wedding” photos to add to our repertoire!
How far out should a couple pay a deposit to secure your venue for her wedding day?
It honestly is never too soon or too short notice to check dates! Some book 1.5 years out, and like the wedding mentioned above, some book 3 weeks out!
What is included when a couple books your venue for their wedding?
Our venue rental prices include exclusive use of the museum, event space, deck, and side yard for an 8 hour period (3pm – 11pm), our tented waterfront deck, use of the docks and piers, 50 nearby parking spaces, 150 white padded folding chairs, (8) 8’ rectangular banquet tables, a museum site supervisor there for the duration of the event, and a private wedding party suite.
How do you help couples customize their wedding?
Given that we are a smaller, unique space with a lot of personality, we get a ton of creative couples! A lot of weddings like to incorporate our history by using oyster shell decorations or an oyster shucker during cocktail hour. Our docks are perfect for boat arrival or departure, or call the water taxi and have boats waiting to take your guests to Pusser’s for the after party!
How many guests can you accommodate?
150 for a seated dinner, with room for a band/DJ and dance floor, or up to 200 for a more cocktail reception-style event
What makes Annapolis Maritime Museum unique?
For most of our couples, Annapolis is either a destination wedding, or many of their guests are coming in from out of town. There is no better Annapolitan wedding experience than our Museum, being right on the water and getting a snapshot of the maritime history that is so ingrained in our city. There are so many different spots for great photos; we are a photographer’s dream!