Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


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About Us

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 1879 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.


The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at sunrise
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival at CBMM
Antique & Classic Boat Festival, each Father's Day weekend
A Miles River view from the first deck of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. You can climb all the way to the top for the most spectacular views of the Miles River and St. Michaels
Watermen's Day and Crab Feast at CBMM
Watermen's Day at CBMM
CBMM's floating fleet of historic Chesapeake watercraft is the largest in the world.
CBMM's Small Boat shed and living shoreline
Maritime Model Expo at CBMM
Sunrise over the Miles River and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Elf Classic Yacht Race, Annapolis to St. Michaels/CBMM
OysterFest at CBMM
Tonging for Oysters at CBMM