The Hammond-Harwood House Museum

The Hammond–Harwood House is an acclaimed house museum and one of the premier colonial houses from the British colonial period (1607-1776) remaining in the United States. Located at 19 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis, the House is the only existing work of Anglo-Palladian style of architecture, a style derived from the acclaimed 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architetttura (The Four Books of Architecture) (1570). Designed by architect William Buckland in 1773-4, the five-part Anglo-Palladian mansion features some of the best plasterwork and woodcarving and plasterwork in the country and is a designated National Historic Landmark.


The Hammond-Harwood House Association’s mission is to preserve the architecturally famous Hammond-Harwood House Museum and its collection of fine and decorative arts for public education and enjoyment. The Hammond-Harwood House Museum



The Hammond–Harwood House was built in 1774 and completed a year later. Designed by architect William Buckland for Matthias Hammond, the elegant house was the crowning jewel in Buckland’s illustrious career. Patron Matthias Hammond died in 1786 after renting the house for many years, which then changed hands several times before being sold to St. John’s College in 1926. The house was used as a teaching tool for one of the first courses in decorative arts taught by the college. Due to financial problems, the College sold the house to the non-profit organization Hammond–Harwood House Association in 1940, which continues to own the house and use it as a museum that is open to the public.


The Hammond-Harwood House is designed and built in the Anglo-Palladian style of architecture, a style derived from the acclaimed 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architetttura (The Four Books of Architecture). The five-part Anglo-Palladian mansion maintains a system of proportions and symmetry rarely seen in buildings of this period and features some of the best plasterwork and woodcarvings in America. Photo: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum

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»Collection & Education

Collection & Education

The Hammond-Harwood House features a remarkable collection of colonial furniture that showcases work from a wide range of 18th-century artists from around the world, as well as crafts from Annapolis, with particular emphasis on cabinetmaker John Shaw. Pieces in the collection include an elegant dining room sideboard, a gaming table, a tall case clock and a variety of authentic colonial pieces such as a delicate sewing kit, a period medicine chest, a child’s furniture set, and an 18th-century watercolor set. The Hammond-Harwood House also features an outstanding collection of fine arts and portraiture with significant works by portrait painter Charles Willson Peale.


The Hammond-Harwood House offers a variety of educational programs ranging from lectures and workshops to field trips. The ‘Then and Now Program’ is designed to teach young children the difference between colonial and modern day life and features tours of the herb garden, colonial

The ‘Colonial Adventure Tour’ is designed for students to learn more about life in Maryland during the 1770s and includes a tour of the mansion and open dialogue with expert guides about the history and heritage surrounding the house. Students enjoy interactive games and activities such as writing with quill pens, painting a portrait, building a replica brick wall and playing with colonial toys to experience life as it was hundreds of years ago.

‘To Be Colonial’ is designed for students in grades 6 through 8 and focuses on the lives of four individuals who played a role in the House’s history, ranging from patron, Matthias Hammond and Pre-Revolutionary War architect, William Buckland, to Frances Loockerman and Juliette, a slave. The program includes a tour of the house with a particular focus on the daily lives of four colonial characters, along with in-depth examinations of documents, clothing, and inventory in the house.

The ‘Reading and Writing History’ program gives high school students an interactive lesson about Colonial American history with a colonial house tour, an introduction to historical resources, and a group study session. Photo: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information

The Hammond-Harwood House is located at 19 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, as well as select Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the house that last approximately one hour and include an overview of the history of the house; it's beautiful architecturally design and architect who created it, the families who lived at the site, and the museum’s collections of fine and decorative arts. Group tours for 10 or more people are available and can be booked in advance, and unique Architecture Tours offer an in-depth, two-hour tour of the Hammond-Harwood House. The Hammond-Harwood House Museum Square Gift Shop sells a variety of gifts, candles, lotions, and soaps, books, and other museum-related items.

Back to: Annapolis, MD Address: 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, website, Phone: 410-263-4683 Photo: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum

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Things to Do in Annapolis, MD: The Hammond-Harwood House Museum