Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Calvert Marine Museum brings the maritime history and ecology of Southern Maryland to life through exhibits, programs, lighthouses and boats. Located in Solomons, where the Patuxent River joins the Chesapeake, the museum is a focal point for the many visitors coming to the area. Exhibits tell the story of the region's fascinating past and present. Fossils from millions of years ago show how a shallow ocean once covered what is now the Chesapeake Bay. Other exhibits depict human life along the Patuxent from the seventeenth-century to the present with over five hundred artifacts and photographs, including a twenty-eight-foot three-log canoe, a tobacco press, and boats from Solomons shipyards. Fifteen aquariums, from 50 to 3,500 gallons, explore the aquatic life of the Chesapeake estuary, displaying plants and animals from the salty waters of the Bay, and the fresh water of the upper Patuxent River.
Location / Directions:

Calvert Marine Museum is located on MD Route 2 in Solomons, MD.

From Washington, D.C. - Take MD Route 4 east from the Washington Beltway to State Route 2-4 to Solomons.

From Baltimore - Take Interstate 97 south from the Baltimore Beltway, to MD Route 3 and U.S. Route 301 south to MD Route 4. Continue south/east to State Route 2-4 to Solomons.

From Richmond - Take U.S. Route 301 north into Maryland, then MD Route 234 east to MD Route 5; proceed south on MD Route 5 passing Leonardtown, left on MD Route 4 across the Thomas Johnson Bridge to MD Route 2 at east end of the bridge, then right approximately 500 feet to the museum.

Driving Directions
Physical Address: Calvert Marine Museum
14150 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
Mailing Address: Calvert Marine Museum
P.O. Box 97
Solomons, MD 20688
Visitor Phone: (410) 326-2042

The museum offers a regular series of events including youth programs, field trips, Elderhostel events, outdoor and indoor concerts, boat building classes, clubs, camps, cruises, an historic WWII re-enactment, an antique boat and engine show, and many family festivals such as Family Discovery Days, Sharkfest, and the Patuxent River Appreciation Days.

Boat Access Educational Programs Picnicking

Operating Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fees: Adults: $7.00, Senior Citizens (55 and older) $6.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $2.00, under 5 free; members free; group rates available with 2 week advance notice.
Visitor Facilities: 29,000 square foot exhibition building with 198 seat auditorium, museum store, permanent and changing exhibits; library and archives; small craft (boat) collection; 1883 Drum Point Lighthouse; boat-building skills preservation center; J.C. Lore Oyster House; Cove Point Lighthouse, Patuxent Small Craft Center.

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