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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
(4.7/5 based on 650+ 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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  • A lot of interesting information about Chesapeake Bay boating and commerce. It was fun to walk through the lighthouse and read personal excerpts from past lighthouse keepers experiences! 
  • We love learning about the history of the areas we visit so we were very happy to visit the Maritime Museum. Awesome displays and restorations. Though you can get through it in an hour or so we were t...  more »
  • I have been visiting CBMM since I was a baby and have incredible memories of the campus. The exhibits are well done and the staff is super friendly. Climbing to the top of the Hooper Strait Lighthouse...  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.