What's New In Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
What’s New in Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Maryland (September 2022)
- Annapolis: An American Story – The $1 million permanent exhibit at the Museum of Historic Annapolis at 99 Main Street opened in March 2022. Annapolis: An American Story shares dramatic stories of Annapolis and its diverse people – revolutionaries, visionaries, and champions in our nation’s continuing quest for liberty and justice – who helped shape our American story over more than 400 years.
- Annapolis Maritime Museum – The Annapolis Maritime Museum officially reopened in April 2021 with a new, nearly $1 million museum-wide permanent exhibition, Our Changing Waterfront. Re-imagined exhibits invite visitors to experience the Chesapeake Bay and the area’s local history through interactive and immersive displays covering three main themes: Bay Healthy, Oyster Economy and History, and Annapolis Waters.
- Wilma Lee Skipjack Cruises – The Annapolis Maritime Museum began offering its first full season of cruises aboard the refurbished 1940 Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, the Wilma Lee in April 2021. The 75’ vessel offers two-hour heritage, sunset, and Wednesday Night Sailboat Race watch cruises. It is one of about 22 remaining skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay.
- Maryland State House – In February 2020, the Maryland State House unveiled life-size bronze statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. The new statues depict the duo at the moment the Maryland Constitution of 1864 was ratified in the Old House of Delegates Chamber, freeing enslaved individuals in Maryland.
- Banneker-Douglass Museum – Individuals who wish to continue celebrating the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial, are invited to check out the monumental ten-foot sculpture, Araminta with Rifle and Vévé, that was installed in front of the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) on September 1, 2022. Created by Baltimore native, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dr. Joyce J. Scott, the Harriet Tubman sculpture will be part of a yearlong BDM exhibition, The Radical Voice of Blackness Speaks of Resistance and Joy, which opens in November 2022.
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – In June 2022, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater opened the Woodlawn History Center. Built in 1735, Woodlawn is the oldest Smithsonian building still in its original location. Visitors hear stories from generations of individuals who lived and worked on the land, whose lives have been woven into the American tapestry.
- National Cryptologic Museum – After being closed for two-and-a-half years, the National Cryptologic Museum will unveil all new exhibits during a grand reopening event on October 8, 2022. The Museum has worked in overdrive to create a reimagined experience of cryptologic history that includes a completely renovated building that shares the unique history of the “old” in an entirely “new” way. Located adjacent to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) headquarters at Ft. George G. Meade, the National Cryptologic Museum operates as NSA’s principal gateway to the public.
- Adaptive Boating Center – Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is slated to open Anne Arundel County’s premier Adaptive Boating Center on Back Creek off Bembe Beach Road in spring 2023. The $5 million project is part of CRAB’s strategic plan to provide people with disabilities, recovering warriors, and youth from underserved communities with barrier-free, technology-assisted accessibility to sailing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay.
- Elktonia/Carr’s Beach – In August 2022, the deed to a 5.17-acre waterfront parcel important to Black history, culture, and heritage was transferred to the City of Annapolis. The property was part of a larger beachfront enterprise that was owned and operated by the Carr Family from 1926 until the late 1960s. Elktonia, Sparrow’s, and Carr’s Beaches were Chesapeake Bay destinations where Black families spent summer days and musical nights during the era of Jim Crow segregation. The land will be used as a waterfront heritage community park. Its beach and trails are now open to the public.
- Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland – Sports & Social Maryland opened at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in April 2021. The $12 million dining and entertainment venue created by ICRAVE, an internationally acclaimed award-winning strategy, design, and development firm, is the first Sports & Social venue to open in Maryland. The 212-seat venue is positioned to become the place for diehard Maryland and DC sports fans to cheer on their teams and watch multiple games simultaneously.
- Annapolis Town Center – In October 2022, the Annapolis Town Center will celebrate the opening of its Green Village. The new, 50% larger community gathering area will feature the Boathouse Pavilion that includes a performance stage, outdoor ice-skating rink, and more.
- 134 Prince Luxury Boutique Hotel – Class of 2011 U.S. Naval Academy graduates Clinton Ramsden and Cody Monroe opened the five-suite hotel at 134 Prince George Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Annapolis in December 2020.
- Forward Brewing Company – Owners Claire and Cam Bowdren opened their 28-seat restaurant and taproom – the first nano-brewery in Eastport – in May 2020.
- Trophy Room – The Graduate Annapolis at 126 West Street opened the Trophy Room restaurant in April 2021. It features an airy open floor plan with oversized windows, ample seating, and doors that lead to a patio with a sofa-style conversation pit and a covered, street-facing gallery for outdoor dining.
- Choptank Restaurant – The Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group opened a Choptank Restaurant on Ego Alley in Annapolis in July 2022. The classic fish and crab house includes 7,500 square feet of indoor space and 8,500 square feet of outdoor dining space with a covered rooftop bar overlooking the water and dockside dining with fire pits and outdoor games.
- Acqua Al 2 – The Tuscan restaurant and cocktail bar opened at 236 Main Street in Annapolis in August 2022. Acqua Al 2 features a wide array of vegetarian pasta, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive Italian wine list.
- Garten – The owners of Preserve restaurant in downtown Annapolis are planning to open a beer and wine garden in Severna Park in fall 2022. Culinary Institute of America graduates Michelle and Jeremy Hoffman say the 140-seat Garten will include an indoor/outdoor garden featuring locally brewed beers and European-inspired dishes. Larger than Preserve, the duo’s modern biergarten concept is located at 849 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard where Café Bretton used to be. The nearly two-acre property includes large garden beds that the Hoffmans will use to help stock the kitchen and bar.