Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

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. Using our custom trip planner, St. Michaels attractions like Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This large “open air” museum (18 acres) has something for everyone at any age. Paid admission is reasonable and is valid for 2 day. If we had been staying in St. Michaels longer we would have taken ad...  more »
  • Very thorough exhibit and easy to enjoy Both inside and outside exhibits Work in progress included repairs to boats unique to area  more »
  • Great place to wander about in winter or summer while learning about the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. Especially interesting is the work usually taking place to restore boats in the c...  more »
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  • Really nice museum. Especially impressed by the active boat repair/restoration shop. You can see historic boats being restored in the shop. If you're so inclined there are programs that allow volunteers to assist with the restoration work. This museum is a must for any Maryland history buff.
  • Had a great time last week with my wife and dog. It was after hours,the staff was friendly and let us walk around the grounds with our puppy. We cannot say they allow dogs for sure when it is open, but there is still a lot to see after close,as long as the lingering staff permits you on property. They sell donated boats that are in nice shape , so that's a huge plus. The proceeds help the bay.
  • This was a great museum a lot of history about the people who lived on the Chesapeake Bay, crabbing and oyster harvesting. Beautiful area we went on a sunny day. This would be fun for kids
  • If you visit St. Michaels, you have to visit this museum. One of the most unique experiences one can experience. With several different exhibits and a restored Chesapeake lighthouse, it makes for a wonderful time. They also have a rotating exhibit building which features many new and amazing photographs, paintings, and other collections. Ticket prices are worth it, especially since they are good for two days. Super fun for kids.
  • Great place to visit and learn Chesapeake Bay history. Fun for the whole family.
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