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Special Interest Museums in Maryland

Maryland's museums offer visitors a great chance to learn more about their special interests.

Latvian Museum

All across Maryland, you'll find a wide variety of impressive and must-visit destinations. From the historic sites, to the family-friendly adventures, Maryland does a great job of yielding top-flight experiences for all. When you find yourself in the western region, make sure to visit the Latvian Museum.

One of the most historic and iconic museums in Rockville, the Latvian Museum was established in 1978, and since has been preserving the communicating the Latvian history to U.S.-based Latvians. You can find the Latvian Museum on Hurley Avenue, just west of Interstate 270.

National Museum of Health & Medicine

Founded as the Army Medical Museum in 1862, the, now, National Museum of Health and Medicine is a premier attraction in Silver Spring. Make plans to visit Maryland and head for the western region – you'll find the NMHM just south of Interstate 495 along Stephen Sitter Avenue.

Be one of the nearly 50,000 annual guests who visit and tour the NMHM on your next stay in Silver Spring – or nearby cities like Rockville and College Park. Throughout the year, you'll find a series of live demos, talks and presentations, and plenty of historical artifacts at the NMHM.

National Capital Trolley Museum

Among the many premier destinations and must-visit sites you'll find across Maryland, the National Capital Trolley Museum might be one of the most underrated. Found in Colesville, just east of Rockville in western Maryland, the National Capital Trolley Museum is great for all members of the family.

Opened in 1959, the National Capital Trolley Museum is a non-profit, who strives to keep the spirit of the trolley alive. They operate a number of different, historic trolleys and trams, each with it's own unique story. Make your way to the NCTM soon and explore. The NCTM is open on weekends, year round.

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

The vibrant city of Salisbury, the largest city in southeast Maryland, is home to a wonderful variety of parks, attractions, and museums. Whether spending time with the family at the Salisbury Zoo or strolling through the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, there is plenty to do.

Take your time touring the 4.5-acre center, located along Schumaker Pond, east of downtown Salisbury. Step inside the 12,000-square-foot museum to view the largest public collection of antique and decorative decoys in the world. Museum visitors have enjoyed viewing wildfowl art and the work of decoy carvers since 1975, when the museum was established by the Ward Foundation.

By 2000, the foundation became an affiliate of Salisbury University. While in the museum, browse the Decoy Study Gallery, the Decoy in Time Gallery, and view a film in the Habitat Theater. After touring the inside of the museum, spend a few minutes walking along the nature trail, drop a fishing line off the pier, or attend an educational program underneath the open-air outdoor pavilion.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Located in the capital city of Annapolis, the Annapolis Maritime Museum overlooks the Annapolis Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

The museum showcases the history of the Annapolis area maritime heritage on the site of the area's last oyster packing plant, the McNasby's Oyster Packing Company.

Highlights of the museum include the "Oysters on the Half Shell" exhibit and tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Visitors to the Chesapeake Bay Area in Maryland drive roughly 26 miles north to Baltimore and 28 miles west to Washington D.C.

Gaithersburg Community Museum

Because of it's deep, rich, and early-American inspired history, Maryland is awash in museums – both large scale, and those of more quaint variety. Make plans to visit Maryland and head for the western region, where you'll want to enjoy a tour of the Gaithersburg Community Museum.

Make the quick drive in from nearby Rockville, only minutes south of the Gaithersburg Community Museum, and embark on an insightful tour. On your tour, you'll gain insights into the history of Old Towne Gaithersburg. The Gaithersburg Community Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, with additional hour available by appointment.