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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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A must see on any visit to St. Michaels

Interesting and educational very well presented. Present is a real and active working wooden boat yard, building historically accurate wooden boats. Very nice gift shop... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and educational very well presented. Present is a real and active working wooden boat yard, building historically accurate wooden boats. Very nice gift shop with lots of ideas. Sara the manager was very helpful.

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum. Excellent perspective of life on the Chesapeake. Demonstrations on woodworking relating to boat building. A building on recreation on the Chesapeake. Displays on oystering and crabbing. A building covering the building of steamships. Also a number of antique commercial fishing boats used on the Chesapeake. Worth spending several hours touring the exhibits.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the maritime exhibits and the lighthouse, albeit small. They also offer a harbor cruise, which I highly recommend, especially if you do not have young children.

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit to St. Michaels and we were staying at an inn within walking distance of the museum, so we wandered over on a warm fall day. What a fascinating place--the lighthouse that originally had been cork-screwed into the Bay, in which the keepers lived a quiet and lonely life because it was too dangerous for families. The vintages... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would highly recommend this for anybody who has an interest in the water; waterman history of the Eastern Shore; boat/yachting, shipbuilding and restoration.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very informative museum. The true history of maritime on the most prolific bay of seafood in America.

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Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reasonable entrance fee...learn about the Chesapeake environs, history of the area, boating, fishing, hunting on the Chesapeake, local boat making craft, visit the lih=ght house....and one of my favoriate....steams and ferry boat history on the Chesapeake. You could spend all day there...but allow at least four hours. Nice gift shop and several events through out the year...we did an oyster... More 

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Richland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great place to go & learn things about the chesapeake bay & the maritime from years past. there is plenty to see. the displays were done very good in detail.the tour was fun & learningful. we plan to go back again.

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Collierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time. Went in November. Little cold but so fun. Love the smells of the boat building shop! Lighthouse is so fun and great views!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of interesting information about Chesapeake Bay boating and commerce. It was fun to walk through the lighthouse and read personal excerpts from past lighthouse keepers experiences!

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