Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels

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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  • Multiple buildings each with a different nautical story, from women in boating, building a ship with colonial methods, different work boats of the Chesapeake, and a real lighthouse to explore.  more »
  • Was beyond impressed with the content, interactive nature of this museum. Composed of several buildings, each devoted to a different aspect of life on the Chesapeake, the detail and quality are...  more »
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  • This is a working museum. You walk amongst the ship builders and the designers As they lay out the blueprints or construct the main frames of the ship. It’s a walking tour that will take you several hours if done properly. I enjoyed every minute. Thank you for such a good job
  • This museum pushes well beyond simply "good". It's exploration of all facets of life beside the river from the founding of it to modern day is aptly told not solely in text, like many other more commercial museums do. Instead, this museum is hands on and demonstrative by both the choices in exhibits, but the activity of keeping the art of wooden ship building alive. Worth every penny and more.

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