About Us

The Greenbelt Museum provides a gateway to the rich history and living legacy of Greenbelt, Maryland, an experimental cooperative community created in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal administration. Greenbelt, now a National Historic Landmark, was designed as a garden suburb that would be a model of modern town planning and cooperative living in America. The Museum offers tours of an original historic home, exhibits, public programs, educational programs for children, and walking tours of the historic town to visitors and the community. The Greenbelt Museum also sponsors a quarterly lecture series that is free and open to all. The lectures explore aspects of the history of the Great Depression and World War II era. 

The Greenbelt Museum is owned and operated by the City of Greenbelt. The Museum is supported by the Friends of the Greenbelt  Museum, a nonprofit 501c-3 organization, which relies on its member and donors. The museum was founded by a dedicated group of volunteers and opened in October 1987 on the occasion of the city’s 50th Anniversary. 2020 marks our 33rd year!


We are a community museum that provides gateways to the New Deal history and living legacy of Greenbelt, Maryland. The Greenbelt Museum inspires residents, students and visitors to explore this planned cooperative community.



We envision a cooperative society that is inspired and empowered by its awareness of history and uses its knowledge of the past to shape the future.


Megan Searing Young

Museum Director




Sheila Maffay-Tuthill

Education and Volunteer Coordinator




Friends of the Greenbelt Museum

The Friends of the Greenbelt Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports the Greenbelt Museum. Join FOGM and receive free admission to the historic house, invitations to lectures, and exhibition openings, a quarterly newsletter, The Utopian, and know that you are helping to preserve an important piece of both Maryland and U.S. history.  Memberships start at just $35.  Join securely online at GreenbeltMuseum.org!  

Visitor Information

Historic House


The Museum is currently closed with all staff working remotely, but check our blog and join us as we #MuseumFromHome

10B Crescent Rd.

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open Sundays 1-5 pm

Admission $5 or under

Contact us to visit or book  tours on other days!

Exhibition Gallery


Lenore Thomas Straus Exhibit

Greenbelt Community Center

15 Crescent Rd. 

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Open M-Sat 9am-10pm, 

Sundays 10am-7pm

Greenbelt Museum Office

15 Crescent Road

Greenbelt, Maryland 20770



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Preserving and sharing the New Deal history of an experimental planned community built by FDR in suburban Maryland in 1937 and still thriving today.