Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
St. Michaels, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is one of the premier indoor/outdoor museums focusing on the history and traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. Located in St. Michael's, Maryland on 18 acres fronting the Miles River, the complex houses examples of historic bay working boats, numerous exhibits, guns, decoys, ship models and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. An array of interactive programs, workshops and lectures are offered throughout the year.
Location / Directions: From north or south on the Eastern Shore, take Route 50 towards Easton. Just after passing the Easton airport on your right, exit right onto the Easton By-pass/Route 322 South. You will see signs to the Museum and to St. Michaels. At the fourth traffic light, turn right onto Route 33 West to St. Michaels. After about 9 miles Route 33 becomes the main street of St. Michaels. About half a mile into St. Michaels you will see a Museum Entrance sign on the right.
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Physical Address: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Navy Point
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Mailing Address: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Navy Point, P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21027
Visitor Phone: (410) 745-2916

The museum offers a number of tours for 2nd through 12th grade groups, bird watching cruises during fall migrations, carving workshops, and lectures on history of the Bay. Two large annual events are the OysterFest and Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival.

Boat Access Educational Programs Picnicking Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

The Museum is open daily year-round. Hours vary by season.

  • April - May - 10am-5pm
  • June - August - 10am-6pm
  • Sept.-October - 10am-5pm
  • Nov.-March - 10am-4pm
  • Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day
Fees: Free for Museum members; $13 Adults; $10 Seniors over 62; $6 Kids 6-17; 5 and under free.
Visitor Facilities: Museum includes 18 acres on the waterfront and 14 historic structures housing exhibits, boats, and workshops. The spacious grounds and piers are the setting for festivals, sailing lessons and educational boat tours.
Accessibility: Most buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY