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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

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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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  • I recently return from attending the annual Watermens' Rodeo. I need to say this that I am a avid boater so this attraction received my highest scrutiny. From the moment I arrive it was about me(you)....  more »
  • Made the drive to see the Pride of Baltimore who was here for the Watermen's Festival. We were a day early for the festival but the museum was amazing. I thought we would do quick stop, but spent over...  more »
  • Do yourself a favor and step back into time and visit this place. It is put together really nicely. They have old boats, stories and keepsakes of the Chesapeake Bay. You could see most of it in about ...  more »
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  • Is well worth the visit as we drove 40 minutes each way to see it. It is not just one museum as we had thought but a collection of museums and a lighthouse that had been moved to the museum grounds. The lighthouse is really special as you can walk up the spiral staircase inside and they have the living quarters and personal belongings of the person that manned the lighthouse just as they had been long ago. The museums are fantastic with many old wooden fishing & crabbing boats used long ago with a short description of the history of each. Also are many other very interesting artifacts from the fishing and crabbing days on the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a real working boatyard where you can actually see wooden boats being built. We were staying on Kent Island this time but had stayed at Annapolis on our previous visit and didn't know it at the time, but there is a ferry from Annapolis to the museum. If you are visiting the Chesapeake Bay area, you do not want to miss this museum & lighthouse.
  • Great place to grab a nautical history lesson. Each building has so much information and the location is great! We spent a few hours strolling through each area. The staff is friendly and very informative.
  • I will be back to spend more time! I loved the setting and it was great to have access to boat tours.
  • The campus feel to the museum makes it an enjoyable experience. Each building focuses on one or two things. The restored lighthouse is nice to walk through and the boat building demonstrations are interesting.
  • Our church group had a great time very good lunch and boat cruise on the Patriot.

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