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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
+1 410-326-2042
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In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake Bay; and learn how humans shaped and changed this region over time, working its waters for survival and profit. Visit the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses; see our outstanding small boat collection, take a ride on the Wm. B. Tennison, a log-built bugeye, and experience the Lore Oyster House, a restored oyster processing plant. Touch a horseshoe crab or Diamond Back Terrapin, see skates, rays, and small sharks cavort, and watch otters, Bubbles and Squeak, at play. Stroll the marsh walk and spy water snakes, great blue heron, osprey, and hermit crabs in their natural environment. We are a community museum, established in 1970 by local residents determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island. We are an educational museum, offering everything from the pre-school programs to Elderhostel. We are a research museum, renowned for documented discoveries in Miocene paleontology, and publications on local history based on original research. We are a relevant museum, staying in the forefront of environmental issues and offering a forum for public discourse on controversial topics. We are a partnering museum, actively pursuing opportunities such as the 1812 Grand Tactical that allows us to support and celebrate other institutions. Visit the Museum Store for jewelry, books, home decor, toys and all kinds of unique gifts for people of all ages!
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“boat ride” (19 reviews)
“all ages” (23 reviews)
“marine museum” (15 reviews)
14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
+1 410-326-2042

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was amazing and the price was great! Went twice in one day. It doesn't look like much from the front, but drive in, and go in! You will not regret it! Every worker we encountered was great. They took their time with you...More

Thank vojtisek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I came to Maryland to visit my Uncle and Aunt along with my Aunt from California. My Uncle took as to this place because he thought we would enjoy the place. We were not disappointed. It was a fun place to see....More

Thank cwillini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First, we absolutely loved this lighthouse! It is beautifully restored and a great history lesson! The museum is a fascinating journey through SOMD and it watery history. We'll be back with our kids.

Thank Rob C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has it all! Exhibits include fossils from this area and huge dinosaur models, history of Solomans with information on how Solomans was a key location in our nation's history in regards to food (such as oyster canning), wars (training as well as action),...More

Thank Marylandf00die
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent museum for kids especially during a hot summer day. A lot to do inside of the museum: fish tanks, petting aquarium for kids, boats, and cute sea otters (seriously you can just watch them all day, these otters are just too adorable)! We also...More

Thank cll55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here a few times for live music shows . great venue and always a good time . Quality inn next to the venue is just a few steps away for convenient stay

Thank kevinshad2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the museum seems small from the outside, this museum holds a lot of different things. Young children will enjoy the ray/ skate touch tank, the wall displays gave a lot of info for adults and there is a hands-on discovery room for kids as...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took my three children, all elementary age. We had a great time. It's not huge, but had a lot of hands on things to do. My kids loved touching the sting rays and skates. Plus there is a place for them to dig and...More

Thank jonesdynasty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our time at the museum, the kids especially love touching the stingrays! It's a hands on museum. The boat ride is a must and it's only $7

Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We went here the day after my daughters wedding cause we were really close and it was a beautiful day and we wanted to do something before heading home. That particular day they were having a job fair so they were closing at 12. We...More

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Brandi R
24 April 2017|
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Response from East2West50 | Reviewed this property |
Not Really . The Sting Ray Exhibit Has An Incubator With Lights To See What The "Mermaids Purse" Really Hold To See The Eggs Which Are Really Cool. The Otters Are Really Fun Too. There's Alot To See , It's Very Educational
6 February 2015|
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Response from Fran F | Reviewed this property |
I'd think the best way would be to contact the museum directly. You then can react to any answers given and plan accordingly. Very friendly folks down there!