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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  • Great up to date museum with lots of interactive exhibits, both indoor and outdoor displays as well as land based and marine items to view. It required a good amount of walking but was all very well.....  more »
  • We enjoyed this museum very much. The working shipyard was pouring specialty molds for pieces of the recreated sailing boat they are working on. Several acres of buildings, a museum store and...  more »
  • 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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