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2021 New and Notable Attractions in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
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 – After a 14-month COVID-19-induced shutdown, the Maryland State House reopened in May 2021. The reopening provided many visitors with their first opportunity for an in-person look at life-size bronze statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass that were installed in the Old House of Delegates Chamber just one month before the State House was shut down in March 2020.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – In April 2021, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater completed architectural renovations to Woodlawn, a 1735 residence that is the oldest building in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection. SERC is installing an exhibit at Woodlawn that will open to the public in spring 2022.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts – Internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty unveiled a monumental scale environmental art installation outside of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in May 2021. Fashioned from sticks and living saplings, The Old Home Place will reside outside Maryland Hall for up to three years.
Annapolis: An American Story – Slated to open in November 2021, a new permanent exhibit at the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street, Annapolis: An American Story is a museum-wide celebration of the city’s diverse heritage that traces the important role Annapolis played in our nation.
The Preserve at Eisenhower Golf Course – May 2021 marked the official opening of The Preserve at Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville. Two years in the making, the 18-hole, 7,100-yard public golf course is a remake of the 220-acre Eisenhower Golf course that first opened in 1969.
Dangerously Delicious Pies – Dangerously Delicious Pies of Baltimore and Washington, DC fame opened at 212-214 West Street in downtown Annapolis in November 2020.
Banneker-Douglass Museum – Following a COVID-19 hiatus, the Banneker-Douglass Museum reopened in September 2021 with a new Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake exhibit that recounts nine stories of resistance to bondage and servitude in the Chesapeake Region from the Colonial Period to the American Civil War (1728-1864).
Chase Home Garden Tours – In June 2021, the 1774 Chase-Lloyd House began welcoming guests for hour-long self-guided tours of its 6,000-square-foot garden by advance reservation on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
National Cryptologic Museum – A major transformation effort is underway at the National Cryptologic Museum to share the unique history of the “old” in an entirely “new” way. Located adjacent to the National Security Agency’s headquarters at Ft. George G. Meade, the National Cryptologic Museum operates as NSA’s principal gateway to the public. A grand reopening is scheduled for spring 2022.
Waterworks Park Trails – The 600-acre Waterworks Park in Annapolis is among the newest locales attracting off-road bike enthusiasts who enjoy a rugged workout on beautiful terrain. In 2019, members of the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts cut eleven miles of new trails at the park.
Vignette, Home Table Garden – The lifestyle store, Vignette, opened its doors at 53 Maryland Avenue in June 2020. Pushing home, table, and garden to the forefront, owner Laura Cottrill seeks to inspire patrons to re-imagine their homes and explore the possibilities of a creating a comfortable space as they browse the pillows, throws, soft seating, hostess essentials, and lighting possibilities throughout the store.
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 – the first nano-brewery in Eastport opened its doors on Fourth Street in May 2020. Owners Claire and Cam Bowdren began serving food and drinks through the windows of their 28-seat restaurant and taproom that opened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trophy Room –The Graduate Annapolis at 126 West Street opened the Trophy Room restaurant in April 2021. Featuring 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.
True Food Kitchen – The health-centric eatery, True Food Kitchen, opened at the Annapolis Town Center at 1906 Towne Centre Blvd. in July 2021. The restaurant serves seasonally changing menus built around an anti-inflammatory food pyramid championed by founder Dr. Andrew Weil.
Gallery 57 West – The nonprofit collective artists group, Annapolis Arts Alliance (AAA), opened Gallery 57 West in Annapolis’s Arts District in August 2020. In a “Fusion of the Arts” created by AAA members, the gallery showcases paintings in all media, photography, jewelry, sculpture, glass work, pottery, textiles, mixed media, maps, and collages at all price points.
Choptank Restaurant – The Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group has announced plans to open a Choptank Restaurant on Ego Alley in Annapolis. The newest Choptank at City Dock will be located at 110 Compromise Street where Fawcett Boat Supplies used to be. The classic fish and crab house will include 7,500 square feet of indoor space and 8,500 square feet of outdoor dining space. The outdoor area will feature a covered rooftop bar overlooking the water and dockside dining with fire pits and outdoor games.