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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

(4.7/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the maritime history and culture of the bay at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Through interactive exhibits and educational programs, this living museum tells the stories of the people who have made their home in Chesapeake Bay. Explore the museum's 7 hectares (18 acres) of waterfront for exhibits like an 1879 lighthouse and a waterman's shanty. Along the way, you'll find Chesapeake people who still work in the bay and are happy to share their stories. The collection of historic Chesapeake Bay boats here includes crabbing skiffs, workboats, and log canoes. In the working boatyard, you can watch boats being made and learn about the restoration process of traditional boats from a shipwright. Use our St. Michaels trip builder to add Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and other attractions to your St. Michaels vacation plans.
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  • Went there in the off season for a fun day with my parents. Had a great time. It was slow enough that the volunteers had time to really start talking to the visitors rather than be on crowd control al...  more »
  • a little costly; read most of the info on the ships; Would have like to explore more. Learn a little more history  more »
  • The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was quite a welcome surprise to me. As a lighthouse junkie, I love anything nautical and that is precisely what you get with this museum. It is well-staffed, with ki...  more »
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  • Amazing museum, and not to expensive (adults 15, with children/senior/student discounts). It was rainy all day, but it's just a short walk from building to building, so dont let weather deter you. If youre at all interested in life on the bay in the Eastern Shore, definitely check out this museum!
  • Very cool history here! Especially if you like old maritime antiques and learning about the history of the Chesapeake bay
  • Fantastic museum. Two day admission is great because it's difficult to see everything in one day. Some exhibits are indoors (waterfowl, colonial history, oyster house) which is good for rainy days.
  • Great family friendly point of interest, absolutely beautiful in the fall!
  • Great place to learn everything about the sea and fishing industry.