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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

213 N. Talbot Street, Navy Point, St. Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2916
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Jacksonville, Florida
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137 reviews 137 reviews
22 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The exhibits are very educational for someone with an interest in life on the bay. Thus the boatbuilding, crabbing, oystering displays fascinated me and bored my wife. There's little to appeal to children, either.

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CBMM_Munson, Manager at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit and especially for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, and disappointed that our museum was not appealing to your wife, and that there is a perception of no appeal for children. While boats and history are not appealing to everyone, we do offer programs... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

In our travels around the country, we have visited numerous Maritime Museum through the years. This museum was right on top. We didn't get to see all of it, but the displays, the artifacts, the films, etc. brought the history to life. Great experience.

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Columbus, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The shipbuilding area is amazing. Watching boats actually being made was educating. Go to the top of the lighthouse. They actually have a public boatbuilding progam where you can commission a boat.

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manatee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were excited to visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum because it is supposed to be one of the premier maritime museums in the country. But, we found it to be average. Our guide on the boat trip spent all the time talking to another couple and never told us about the boat or what we were seeing. We didn't... More

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CBMM_Munson, Manager at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your recent visit and especially for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review. We're as disappointed as you are in not delivering an exceptional experience to you during your visit. While we have more than 200 volunteers who help us, including trained docents, we, like you, would like to see more of them on... More

Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There's a LOT to see inside and out here, with a variety of boats, artifacts, text, and multimedia displays. Dogs are WELCOME, which was great so we didn't have to leave ours back at our lodging!!

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CBMM_Munson, Manager at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent visit and especially for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. St. Michaels and the Museum are very dog friendly. In fact, you'll find watering bowls and pet specialty shops even throughout town. We do want to make visitors aware that effective September 2014 and during CBMM festivals and special events, dogs... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The lighthouse and all of the info provided was definitely the highlight of the Museum. The "museum" is more like 13 different outdoor attractions, definitely something to do while its raining, but an umbrella is recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This museum does an excellent job of preserving the character of the history of the Chesapeake Bay - they have a screwpile lighthouse, a skipjack, bugeye and a new buyout. We have been attended several of their big events this summer (4th of July fireworks was outstanding - brought out the whole town, Waterman Appreciation Day was also fun watching... More

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centralNJ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Visited the maritime museum on a nice late summer day. We had the read the reviews and were curious to learn more about the light house and maritime life/area. Unfortunately there was no activity to speak of at the museum. No boats being built or stories to be shared. The lighthouse was very interesting and could have been a "10"... More

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CBMM_Munson, Manager at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recent visit and especially for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. With our campus usually bustling with activity, we are saddened to learn your visit didn't meet the expectations you had for us. We suspect your visit came after a big festival, which requires an "All Hands on Deck" approach from our... More

Magnolia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed the friendliness of the staff especially the boat builder in the boat house. The display concerning life on the Chesapeake was excellent.

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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139 reviews 139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If your interested in old wooden boats this is a must visit while visiting St Michaels. You can watch and talk to craftsmen & women building boats in the historic wood working boat shop. Great selection of old boat wood working tools , some still being used today. They have a nice selection of old historic Chesapeake Bay boats on... More

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