Plan Your Visit at Patuxent Rural Life Museums

Hours of Operation

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm, April-October. Free Admission. Additional times by appointment.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the Patuxent Rural Life Museums are available year round. The tour guide tells the story of the six buildings as each one is visited and can tailor the program to fit your social studies curriculum with 2 weeks advance notice. Please call Patuxent River Park at 301-627-6074 to make a reservation.


The museums are located off Route 301 South, south of Route 4 in Patuxent River Park in the Jug Bay Natural Area.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 11, Pennsylvania Avenue SE. (Route 4). Continue 8 miles and exit onto 301 South. Proceed 1.7 miles and turn left onto Croom Station Road. Proceed 1.6 miles and turn left onto Croom Road (Route 382). Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Croom Airport Road. Proceed 2 miles to Park entrance. Turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to parking area.

From Route 50 per 301, take Route 301 South. Proceed 15 miles and turn left onto Croom Station Road. Follow above directions from here.