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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. Using our custom trip planner, St. Michaels attractions like Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A wonderful way to learn and experience the life of the Chesapeake from the 1608 to present day. It was never dry or boring. You could walk indoors and outdoors and explore at your own pace I... 
    A wonderful way to learn and experience the life of the Chesapeake from the 1608 to present day. It was never dry or boring. You could walk indoors and outdoors and explore at your own pace I...  more »
  • Very interesting and beautiful presented museum. You walk around at your leisure and visit the different buildings and ships. Lots to look at and even kept our 21 month old grandson engaged! 
    Very interesting and beautiful presented museum. You walk around at your leisure and visit the different buildings and ships. Lots to look at and even kept our 21 month old grandson engaged!  more »
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  • Our Chesapeake cruise docked inside the maritime museum. Without a doubt this is the best living history museum in the USA. All the pertinent trades are busy building a full scale DOVE. This 40 ton ship was the first to bring settlers to the bay centuries ago. The museum also displays the history of crabbing and oyster fishing. Many sailboats are on display. It is all expertly done. Drive or sail to St. Michael's, MD and be amazed.
  • The Maritime Museum counts as a must-see if you have children, if you love sailing vessels, building boat models, or just being near the water. The exhibitions are superb. You may have an opportunity to watch builders using a broad assortment of tools an skills to fabricate a replica of the sailing ship, The Dove. You'll have opportunities for cruises on power vessels and possibly on a Skipjack if you time your trip right and make appropriate arrangements. A model makers guild meets there regularly (Mondays, check the museum's website for details), but you can tour their building while the museum is open to study some astonished accurate models of various sailing vessels. Plan to spend hours to absorb everything.

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