Captain Avery Museum
Captain Avery Museum

Coming Events
May 15, 2016
Weaving the Waterways

June 12, 2016
Family "Sundae" Sunday

June 21, 2016
Osprey Banding

June 22, 2016
Osprey Banding

July 10, 2016
Family "Sundae" Sunday

August 14, 2016
Family "Sundae" Sunday

October 16, 2016
Oyster Festival

January 14, 2017
Taste of the Yucatan

January 21, 2017
Taste of the Yucatan


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Welcome to the Captain Avery Museum and the 1859 home of Salem Avery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the life and livelihood of a Chesapeake Bay waterman in the late 19th century; the fishing club that owned the home for 60 years; and the exciting ways local history and the property are being preserved today.
1418 East West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, Maryland 20764
Gerry Robertson, Executive Director

The Captain Avery Museum is proud to present our second annual student exhibition, emergent | 2016.

Curated by Southern High's Art Department Chair and renowned portrait artist Michael Bell, this exhibition showcases 55 pieces from acclaimed Southern High student artists.

The gallery will be FREE and OPEN for viewing on Sundays, March 13, March 19, 20, & April 3, 2016, 1-4 p.m.

Music on the Lawn
June 4th, 4-6:00

Higher Standards will be delivering a funky and soulful jazz fusion atmosphere on the lawn. We will also feature zesty local food and plenty of ice cold beverages for "children of all ages." (Please, no outside food or drinks, except water.) Admission is FREE but donations of $2/person or $5/family would be greatly appreciated.
We will be inside, if it rains.

Sundae Sunday
June 12,1-4:00
July 10,1-4:00
August 14,1-4:00

This summer tradition attracts "children" of all ages:

families playing croquet and other games on the lawn,

artists with easels in the raingarden,

couples dangling their toes in the water off our pier

and even folks napping in the shade.

Admission is FREE, sundaes are an extra cost

Bring your baskets large and small — from attics, sheds and garages — to the Antique Basket Roadshow for a FREE expert basket evaluation. Tell us the story of how it became yours and learn about where it might have been made and its value.

Noon-1:00 PM Registration
Noon-4:00 PM Evaluations

Also on our agenda for the day:
Southern Maryland Eel Basketry --1:00
All About the American Eel (MD DNR)-- 2:15

Osprey Banding Trips

Tuesday, June 21 at 5:00 pm SOLD OUT
Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Both trips are now sold out, But click here for the waiting list

Join Greg Kearns, head biologist at Jug Bay Natural Area, for a hands-on experience..


A Culinary Vacation
January 14-21, 2017 OR January 21-28, 2017

Spend a week in Mexico at a luxurious, magnificently restored 17th century hacienda. Guided tours are interspersed with Mayan cooking classes and/or lounging in a hammock.

You can make your final payment here,also.

Although many Choose It and Use It opportunities were purchased at the Oyster Festival, some options are still available. You can make your purchase online.
All items are donated so that the proceeds go directly to support the Museum:

Legacy Gift Opportunities

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." Margaret Mead

Many philanthropic-minded folks include a bequest to organizations they hold dear. If you enjoy being a member of the Captain Avery family and would like to ensure our service for future generations, we would love to hear from you. To learn more about a planned "Legacy" gift to the Captain Avery Museum, just write Gerry Robertson at or call 410.867.4486.
The things we share, we keep.

Our Sponsors
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Captain Avery Museum.

Museum: Most Sundays, 1 - 4 pm from April through November, except major holiday weekends.
Library: Mondays, 12 - 3 pm, except major holiday weekends.
Outdoor Exhibits: every day, dawn to dusk
© 2016 Captain Avery Museum, Inc.            Webmaster: Steve Gauss