Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation
Patuxent Rural Life Museums
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Visitor Information

Hours of Operation

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm, April-October. FREE Admission.
Additional times by appointment. Note fee schedule below.  

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.

You may also combine the museums tour with any of the additional activities listed below. Each activity other than kayaking/canoeing takes 45 minutes to 1 hour, but all activities can be shortened if needed.       

Resident Non-Resident
Museums tour $3 $4
Guided nature hike $3 $4
River ecology boat tour $3 $4
Archaeology presentation call call
Kayaking/Canoeing* $20/day $26/day

*The kayaking or canoeing can only be accomodated with sufficient child/adult ratios and small group size. The 'day' is 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Please call for more information.

During your visit at the park, you may also reserve the picnic area or conference room for your lunch for 1 hour at no extra charge.

The Patuxent Rural Life Museums feature exhibits, guided tours, and living history demonstrations. Call Patuxent River Park staff at 301-627-6074 to get more information or to schedule a tour.


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 S.E. (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 50/301, take Route 301 South. Proceed 15 miles and turn left onto Croom Station Road. Follow above directions from here.

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