Museums offer new exhibitions for everyone

By Conor Doherty

Museums are constantly changing what they display, adding and removing items or even entire exhibits. This summer, if you’re looking for something fun and educational, visit these museums and see some of the exciting new exhibits they have to offer.

Museum of Historic Annapolis

If you want to see Annapolis and how its growth over the years has reflected America, check out “Annapolis: An American Story.” Inaugurated earlier this year, this exhibition examines how the city has changed over its centuries of existence. With the museum located near City Dock, you are much closer to all that Annapolis has to offer. Book tours at

Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park

Just down the road from the Annapolis Historical Museum is the city’s Maritime Museum where an exhibit of photographs by Jay Fleming is currently on display. It’s an ever-changing exhibit as Fleming contributes new photos from his trips to the Chesapeake Bay. To experience a moment of pleasure on the bay, you can buy tickets for a ride on the Skipjack, the museum’s sailboat. You can even charter the boat privately for events. Buy your tickets online at or at the door.

Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Maryland Center for History and Culture immerses visitors in the ongoing struggle for black civil rights with “Passion and Purpose: The Voices of Civil Rights Activists in Maryland.” The installation highlights the voices of civil rights activists in Maryland through oral histories and photojournalism.

Visitors can listen to and read excerpts from dozens of oral history conversations with notable civil rights leaders – many of which were recorded over 40 years ago – including Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Clarence Mitchell Jr., Member of the US Congressmen Parren Mitchell, Gloria Richardson, Reverend Marion Bascom, Esther McCready, Walter Sondheim Jr., Silas Craft Sr., Verda Freeman Welcome and others.

The center has other events planned for the summer: “Contextualizing Juneteenth in Maryland: Emancipation or Freedom? (a virtual event on June 16), “A Ride to Remember” (in person on July 23) and “A Conversation about Oral History — the What and Why” (a virtual event on August 11).

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The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum is transporting visitors back to the Victorian era until August 7 with the “Majolica Mania” exhibition. Featuring immersive installations on each floor of Hackerman House, the exhibit includes a recreation of a Victorian living room complete with faux plants and food.

Featuring 350 works that showcase the vibrant color of ceramics’ lead-based glazes and stunning inventiveness, “Majolica Mania” explores themes such as the natural world, foods and fashions, class, work, life, and culture. immigration and the human cost of majolica production.

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The Smithsonian

Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Smithsonian is home to more than 150 million items in its 19 museums, 21 libraries and a zoo. With so many places to discover, here are some of the new exhibits on display:

National Museum of Natural History : If you want to see unusual and memorable images of animal behavior, check out the exhibit “Unforgettable Behavior: Wildlife Photographer of the Year.” From a Facebook-watching monkey in a hot spring to fly fights, dozens of unique photographs are on display. The exhibition lasts until the summer of this year. Another notable exhibit is “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”. An appropriate exhibit given current world events, this exhibit ends in October 2022.

American History Museum: One of the newest exhibits in all of the Smithsonian, “Really BIG Money” features large sums of money, whether in size, denomination or even quantity, like an origami goose made from Venezuelan banknotes. . Inaugurated in April this year, the end date of the exhibition has not been determined.

Baltimore Museum of Art

Organized by the BMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Joan Mitchell exhibition features more than 70 works of art, ranging from the 1950s to the late 1980s. This exhibition opened in March and will be on view until August 14.

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