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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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Description: In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils...
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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Great visit if you love outdoors

My family loves the outdoors and learned a lot about the Chesapeake with our museum visit. My mother is a huge fan of lighthouses so the Drum Point Lighthouse was a highlight of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania

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Shirleysburg, Pennsylvania
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

My family loves the outdoors and learned a lot about the Chesapeake with our museum visit. My mother is a huge fan of lighthouses so the Drum Point Lighthouse was a highlight of our trip. While there weren't any children in our party, there were lots of activities for children too.

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We have visited here twice before and it never gets dull. The museum has both aquarium exhibits and regular ones. A touch tank with an interpreter in the kids room is a big hit but also another tank when you first go in with skates and sting rays up close is great. The museum show from prehistoric times to more... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This museum was awesome! It covers marine life, the history of fishing, crabbing, etc. in the area, Native American history, the War of 1812, dinosaurs and prehistoric marine life, and they have stingrays, skates, a touch pool, and an otter! They have a restored screw pile lighthouse, and you can also take a boat tour of the harbor area. My... More 

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Middletown, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Excellent value. Loved the Lighthouse. Take pictures from the top. They also have a neat boat ride, the Tennyson, that will take you around the point.

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Solomons, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our third trip to the Museum (and the first two). There is so much to do and see however many times you go. Our latest trip included an antique car and boat show, and an antique tug in the marina, moored next to the lighthouse. Best to visit the lighthouse when there are not too many people around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had a really good time here. They have a lot of fun stuff for kids to do and see. My son enjoyed digging for and identifying fossils in the sand in the hands on room. The also have a bunch of animals to see. A small aquarium area in the back. All kinds of boats to look at. They... More 

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I have yet to visit the actual museum, but I have been to this here as a local venue for concerts. I most recently saw HEART there in May. The Barenaked Ladies and Violent Fems are performing there in July. It's a small venue. Whether you purchase a seat or not, most people stand. Ticket prices generally range from $40... More 

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Danville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We spent about three hours at this location and is was packed full of fun and interesting education. Not only did we tour the lighthouse which is an interesting insight into the life of lighthouse keeper and family and gives you a whole new appreciation of the lifestyle. A must. We took a ride from that lighthouse onto the bay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is a great museum with a campus full of interesting items from a shed with vintage small craft, to a restored deadrise workboat. Thew screwpile lighthouse that formerly sat at Drum Point has been fuller restored and provides a glimpse into the lonely life of the keeper. The ticket allows you to see two off-site attractions as well: Cove... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This is one of my favorite Chesapeake treasures. Beautiful setting, lots of examples of local boating history, and a great performance venue for summertime concerts or name bands and singers.

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Address: 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD 20688
Phone Number: 410-326-2042
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Calvert County  >  Solomons

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