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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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  • A fantastic insight into every aspect of the Bay. Excellent for small children -a lot for them to climb on and touch. Highly informative for adults and great staff.  more »
  • On a quick trip to St. Michaels, my wife and I read about this Museum and decided to visit it despite the fact that it was closing early (still on winter hours). Though we had less than an hour to see...  more »
  • Little gem, well worth the 90-minute drive from Metro DC in its own right, shows diverse aspects of early life in the Chesapeake. Easy to spend several hours in its exhibits.  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.