After a long hiatus, City of Bowie museums are open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons. Visitors are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety and social distancing protocols. Read on for hours and more details...
Belair Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a look at Bowie’s earliest history. Built circa 1745 for Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle and his wife, Anne Tasker Ogle, the Mansion later became one of the homes of William Woodward, noted American horseman of the 20th century. Enlarged by Woodward in 1914, the Mansion today reflects its 250-year use as a residence.
Today, the Mansion interprets the lives of residents from 1747-1950. The museum collection contains a wide array of objects, including:
A magnificent Colonial Revival card table owned by William Woodward
A table made by Annapolis craftsman John Shaw,
An 18th century portrait of Col. Benjamin Tasker by artist John Wollaston
Paintings of “The Seasons,” given to Samuel Ogle by Maryland’s Proprietor, Lord Baltimore
Woodward’s privately issued prints of a number of Belair Stud’s famous Thoroughbred racehorses
Museum hours are listed below. Tours for groups of 10 or more are available by appointment. Admission is free; donations are welcomed. The Mansion is also available for rentals for groups of 75 or less persons. For information on rentals, call 301-832-7126.