Sandy Spring Museum

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Sandy Spring Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
It's all about community. The Sandy Spring Museum is a place where people can develop meaningful connections by exploring community history through the visual, literary and performing arts. The Sandy Spring Museum began when a group of residents noted that the community's history was being sold off with every passing of a long-time resident. The organization was incorporated in 1981 by volunteers who set up shop in the basement of the Sandy Spring Bank. For many years, they operated out of the bank, exhibiting artifacts in hand-made cases and hosting many lectures on local history. It was this group who started the Strawberry Festival, which has become part of the community's history itself! The museum moved to the residence Tall Timbers in 1986 and celebrated its grand re-opening in 1997 at its permanent location on Bentley Road. The land on which the museum sits was donated by the Bentley Family, whose ancestors moved to Sandy Spring in the late 1700s. In 2007, the museum complex was completed with the addition of a state-of-the-art research library and collections storage facility. The museum, which sits on 7 beautifully landscaped acres, is the heart of the Sandy Spring community.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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LeetaNOLA
Metairie, LA19 contributions
Museum is a must see when in DC or Maryland area.
Oct 2018
I was in awh at the collection, art, carving and history captured and displayed at this museum. It was enlightening to learn of the rich African American history and indentured slaves of Montgomery county. The wood carvings, hut, model slave ship, all notable collections. An inspiring education in African American History
Written October 15, 2018
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC798 contributions
Your Average Town Museum... Not Exactly
Oct 2018 • Solo
When you think of your little small town museum that has very little to see and offer, you will be surprised when you visit this one. There is much to see here.
Written October 11, 2018
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TooOldtoRun
Columbia, MD1,219 contributions
Very nice museum and artists colony
Dec 2017 • Couples
There was a local artist exhibit open on a Saturday. We especially enjoyed the enamel artist and the silversmith. The ladies in the pottery area were so nice. It was a nice visit.
Written December 4, 2017
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Nathalia M
5 contributions
Wedding
May 2017 • Family
The area beautiful, a lot of open space nice scenery. Sufficient space for parking, quiet area, friendly people.
Written May 21, 2017
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MSC73
Pittsburgh, PA240 contributions
Small museum spotlighting local history
Nov 2016 • Couples
Charming "micro-museum" focused on the Quaker town of Sandy Spring. The exhibitions are small, with adjacent art galleries and historical archives. You can walk through several areas with re-creations of historic school room, kitchen, General Store, etc. The museum feels like a community center for arts and culture, featuring event space, lectures, artists in residence. The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed the little gift shop. Recommend about one hour. Admission was $5 per adult, with small discounts for seniors and children. We enjoyed our visit.
Written November 12, 2016
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TomWall60
Rockville, MD633 contributions
A beutiful building with great displays
May 2016 • Couples
This is a unique museum that combines local history with art. Displays are quite interesting and there ar many things to learn. Sandy Spring is a nice little area to explore and you need to learn about its interesting history. The Friends as well as the Underground Railwy are some of teh key things to learn about. Museum is worth a visit.
Written May 24, 2016
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Linda B
Hilton Head, SC274 contributions
Not much to see, Not worth the money
Apr 2016 • Friends
I took a group of 15 senior citizens on a day trip to the Sandy Spring Museum. The group enjoys learning about local history and the destination was close and not expensive. We paid the $4 each admission price and entered into the "museum". We asked the girl at the desk if there was someone who could walk around with us to explain the exhibits and she said no, it is self directed only. (we were the only people in the facility). The exhibit was a one room display with a few old school desks, a makeshift store counter and a cramped kitchen display. The signage was in rather small print so hard for seniors to read on their own. The center of the room was filled with metal sculptures for sale, none of which had any placards saying what they were made from. The gift shop was small and filled with overpriced items. Overall, it was a very disappointing outing and not worth the $4 senior admission price. A great improvement would have been for someone from the staff office to take some initiative and walk around with us and give us some background information on the exhibits. Like I said, we were the only patrons there and it would not have taken but maybe 15 minutes of their time to make it a bit more worthwhile and enjoyable for the seniors. We won't be recommending this site to our other senior groups.
Written April 1, 2016
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Highlandlass38
Highland, MD72 contributions
multi cultural museum
May 2015 • Family
This small but eclectic museum has a wonderful research library and offers many classes, art displays, seminars and events...a camp for children...had African art exhibits, weaving, cooking...so much...call 301 774-0022 and as for their newsletter. Founded by Quaker descendents and families, it has a wonderful history of the area and freed slaves.
Written May 20, 2015
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Thanks for your visit! Come again soon!
Written August 18, 2015
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cruiser620
Laurel, MD463 contributions
Small, but very interesting
Sep 2013 • Couples
Today was the annual Museum Day where hundreds of museums all over the country allow free admission. After looking at the list of museums that were participating, we decided to visit the Sandy Spring Museum which is a small local museum. We found the displays to be quite interesting. The exhibit room was divided into areas that recreated historical life in the area -- a general store, school, post office, kitchen and living areas, medical equipment, model T, etc. There was also information about slavery in this area of Maryland along with some civil war relics and letters which provide a first-hand account of what people were doing and thinking during that time period. The land for the museum was donated by the wife of baseball player Jack Bentley and there is a display of old time baseball memorabilia. This museum is definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
Written September 28, 2013
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Kaz926
Silver Spring, MD59 contributions
small but informative
May 2012 • Family
check it out....it's cool! and doesn't take long to go through. Help support this little neighborhood museum.
Written April 4, 2013
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  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM