Hays House Museum

Where the 18th and early 19th centuries come alive in Harford County!

Welcome To The Hays House Musesum

Where the 18th and early 19th centuries come alive in Harford County!


The Hays House Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the daily life of a well-to-do family during the Federal period of American history (approximately 1788-1825) in a house that still retains much of its earliest architecture and materials. That life is enormously interesting and important, having taken place during the birth of the United States.

Be sure to attend our annual sellout Holiday Open House and Concert!

Visit our calendar for dates and details.

Mercy Ingraham and Kathy Scholl boil a pudding in a bag during Harvest Days 2004.
Bill Shipman plays the fiddle during the annual Ice Cream Social.

The Hays House is a small museum with a large vision for the future. For the present, our hope is to give our visitors a personally relevant, worthwhile experience, and the desire to return again and again.

All Hays House Museum Special Events are sponsored by the Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., and are made possible in part by a grant from the Maryland Council for the Arts through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and Harford County Government.

The Hays House Museum
324 Kenmore Avenue
Bel Air, Maryland 21014

Hours of Operation

  • March thru mid-December 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, 1-4 PM. except for major holidays that fall on a Sunday.
  • Open House with free admission during Bel Air’s Fourth of July celebrations and on the first Sunday of December.
  • Available for private events and by special arrangement.


  • During regular Sundays, admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Admission is free for children 4 years old and under, and for members of the Historical Society of Harford County.
  • Admission for special events is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors.
  • Donations are welcome and are gratefully accepted!


  • 324 Kenmore Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014, near the Bel Air High School