No matter what your interests are—fine arts, rural heritage, American history, black history, geology or trains—you’re sure to enjoy a ramble through this year’s selection of Washington County museums,” says Museum Association President Bill Knode. “We welcome visitors and residents to take a trip through our county and see some of our wonderful museums.

The Ramble, sponsored by the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, includes 27 local museums and historic sites. Most of the participating museums are opening their doors free of charge and many have special surprises planned for the weekend.

The Museum Ramble is an opportunity to visit Washington County sites at a self-guided pace throughout the month of May. Of Maryland’s 300-plus museums, more than 10 percent are located in Washington County! The Museum Ramble makes the most of this by welcoming residents and visitors to the county’s museums, many of which are private and typically open by appointment only. The Visitor Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.

See what museums are participating this year!


New this year!

A number of museums within close proximity of each other have elected to pick one weekend in May to help you focus your attention on a different area of the county each weekend. Others will be open each weekend. It is important for you to check the guide for each museum or site’s hours.

May 3–4

Mid-County and City Center
(includes Hagerstown and Williamsport)

May 10–11

Southeast County
(includes Sharpsburg, Boonsboro)

May 17–18

Northeast County
(includes Beaver Creek, Smithsburg, Fort Ritchie)

May 24–25 & May 31–June 1

West County
(includes Hancock, Clear Spring, Fort Frederick)

Some sites will be offering Ramble Rewards at their sites. Drawings will be held at a number of sites, as well. Be sure you fill out an entry form during your visit. See each listing for the special rewards and drawing prizes. (You do not need to be present to win drawings.)

Maps and directions to participating sites will be available at the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. The WCAMHS and the CVB, along with the design expertise of Icon Graphics, have put together this website and map specifically for this year’s Ramble. We hope you will enjoy your May Museum Ramble!