The Museum is open year-round. May - Oct 9 am - 5 pm Nov - April 10 am - 4 pm
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's 18-acre waterfront campus, which includes Navy Point, was once was the site of a busy complex of seafood packing houses, docks, and work boats. Today, it is the…read more
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's 18-acre waterfront campus, which includes Navy Point, was once was the site of a busy complex of seafood packing houses, docks, and work boats. Today, it is the site of the nation's most complete collection of Chesapeake Bay artifacts, visual arts, and indigenous water craft.
It is also home to the historic Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Exhibitions, public programs, and a working boat yard cover the range of Chesapeake Bay maritime history and culture--including the Bay's unique watercraft and boat building traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation.
The Museum Store, located adjacent to the Museum entrance, offers one of the most complete collections of Chesapeake Bay books and maps as well as a wide assortment of gifts and Bay collectibles.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is both a regional educational institution and a resource for community educators and students. As the only institution dedicated exclusively to the study of the Bay's history and culture, we strive to make our research, collections, and library accessible to scholars and learners of all ages. And we strive to find innovative and engaging ways to interpret the Bay's culture through hands-on learning for school students and teachers.
For a great fun filled day on the Bay, you'll want to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve. The event featured live music on two stages, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.
In addition to the museum’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several commercial watermen and their boats will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging and hand tonging traditions. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen with oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered.