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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

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Address: 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD 20688
Phone Number: 410-326-2042
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In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken...

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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Marine Museum for EXPLORERS of all Ages !

Great experience, good options, reasonable cost, good eating options. Nice People, informed focused and appreciate your attendance. Good parking !

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Laurel, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice quaint local museum with lots of activities for all ages, but besides the museum being open to the public, they also host other events. After paying full price admission, we were looked on as an annoyance as we were ready to leave, because their entire lobby area was set up for a "dinner" and we had to weave our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience, good options, reasonable cost, good eating options. Nice People, informed focused and appreciate your attendance. Good parking !

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Haymarket, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the museum was. It was chocked full of history and had great discovery area as well.

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Great Mills, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love coming here for their outdoor concerts. Good music, good vendors, Parking lot across the street

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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My two youngest (5 and 7) loved the touch tanks and the older kids were bored. The river otters outside, one had passed away and the other looked elderly. The highlight of the trip was the tour of the lighthouse and the guide answering our questions. I had visited previously when the two older ones were 4/6 and thought that... More 

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Garner, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went on a rainy day. took our grandchildren and there are enough activities to keep them interested. There is a touch tank in an activities center with very helpful docents. hey were very patient with the children answering all of their questions in language that a child can understand but were also able to answer questions by adults. The fish... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

In the middle of a relatively rural place is this great museum on marine life history. Life living I. The water from people to marine life is included. Exhibits are up to date, fresh and really quiet so you can enjoy each area. There are great beautiful aquariums and a hands on area which young and old will find fun.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Very informative and very interesting, wonderful displays, good informed attendants. Reasonable rates, worth the drive and the costs ! Try it you will like it and most likey come back with friends and maybe even FAMILY MEMBERS (stranger things have happened on both Heaven & Earth !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Great place to learn about local history! Well organized, easy to navigate. Squeak and Bubbles were adorable! Loved the paleontology exhibits.

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College Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Provides great afternoon exploring Maryland's maritime heritage, especially the Chesapeake seafood industry. Lots of organized activities for kids; even tots. Check the museum's calendar. Nice gift shop. Take the tour of the lighthouse. Lots of shark's teeth fun and info. This is as close as I've ever come to awarding a five. Just a few annoying missteps: even though most... More 

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