New Exhibit “At Play on the Bay” at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

St Michaels, MD (06/01/05) - On Saturday, June 4, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosted a grand opening celebration of its largest permanent exhibit to date, At Play on the Bay.

Image courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumAt Play on the Bay explores one of the most dramatic aspects of the Bay's twentieth-century history – its shift from a place of work to a place where people now come to play. Showcasing many of the Museum's beautifully restored boats, as well as over 400 historical artifacts and photographs, the two-story exhibition building is located on Navy Point's waterfront.

Designed to allow visitors the opportunity to explore the Bay's unique recreational story, At Play on the Bay features fourteen sections, including an early twentieth-century canoe campsite, a boathouse and Owens cruiser, a 1950s tackle shop, and a yacht club.

Organized chronologically, the show explores historical moments, from the early tourists who traveled to the region, to the role of organized sailboat racing and cruising in community development, to the mass production and marketing of motorboats, to the founding of African American resorts and the widening access to recreation.

Image courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumAs visitors travel through the show, they are able to experience racing sailboats and hydroplanes, climb aboard a 30-foot Owens cruiser, view the historic and contemporary landscapes of the St. Michaels Harbor , design their own burgee, and watch home movies of families having fun on the Bay. Video throughout the exhibition includes log canoe, one-design, and hydroplane races as well as interviews with some of the racers.

At Play on the Bay cost $4.3 million to develop and build and was funded through CBMM's $18.3 million capital campaign, which was completed in 2001. The exhibit was designed by Chris White of Chris White Designs. The building plans were developed by Quinn Evans Architects and the structure was constructed by Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

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