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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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Address: 213 N Talbot St, Navy Point, St. Michaels, MD 21663-2103
Phone Number:
14107452916
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Experience how people live, work and play on the Chesapeake Bay - cruise on...

Experience how people live, work and play on the Chesapeake Bay - cruise on the Miles River,get your hands wet exploring a waterman's shanty, let our boat builders show you their magic, or climb to the top of an 1879 lighthouse. Come do the Bay, your way.

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Lovely Lighthouse

We visited late in the day and were able to get $5 passes for the last hour. We would have liked a bit more time, but we saw most of the museum. The lighthouse was beautiful... read more

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Southern Tier NYS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited late in the day and were able to get $5 passes for the last hour. We would have liked a bit more time, but we saw most of the museum. The lighthouse was beautiful. There were a lot of hands-on things for children. A beautiful spot. Dogs were welcome on the grounds.

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Jarrettsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fascinating look at the history of local wooden boats and how they were built and maintained. If you have or love wooden boats, you'll really enjoy this museum. There are a variety of things to see, the boatbuilding, duck/goose hunting and decoys, the lighthouse, the fishing/clamming industry and the home of Frederick Douglas's sister. We spent about 3 hours. I... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A museum that just does not always look like a museum! It is large and perfectly situated in the old harbor of St. Michaels, a lovely city. The museum offers a leisurely tour, and many activities and interactions with the friendly staff. They organize courses and workshops and local kids participate in ship building. A must see if in the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really shows the evolution of the Island and boating on the Bay. All the way from handcrafted boats to more modern

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No trip to St. Michael's is complete without visiting the museum complex to understand the history of the Chesapeake Bay and its people.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating places with a variety of exhibits about various aspects of life in the Chesapeake. A one day visit morphed into a two day visit. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything about St. Michael's is romantic--the Bed & Breakfasts, the family-owned restaurants where owners ask your story, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the sailboat-lined shore, and the quaint shops. My favorite was the used book store with lots of older favorites! Warm, cozy, and inviting community!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fantastic insight into every aspect of the Bay. Excellent for small children -a lot for them to climb on and touch. Highly informative for adults and great staff.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a quick trip to St. Michaels, my wife and I read about this Museum and decided to visit it despite the fact that it was closing early (still on winter hours). Though we had less than an hour to see it, we found the visit really worthwhile. We'd assumed this was an indoor museum, but the value of this... More 

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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Little gem, well worth the 90-minute drive from Metro DC in its own right, shows diverse aspects of early life in the Chesapeake. Easy to spend several hours in its exhibits.

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