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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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A jewel of a museum

Nothing to dislike and my favorite part is the estuarium. Boy are Northern Snakehead fish UGLY! Drum Point Lighthouse is a gem decorated in Victorian period. The museum staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Lexington Park, Maryland
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Lexington Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Nothing to dislike and my favorite part is the estuarium. Boy are Northern Snakehead fish UGLY! Drum Point Lighthouse is a gem decorated in Victorian period. The museum staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable but most importantly seem to care about the visitors.

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This museum is somewhat small but still a 'must do' Solomon's. The boat ride is a nice addition and certainly seeing the famous lighthouse is a highlight. We brought our tween who loves marine biology so she had a good time. I'm not sure how engaged older teens would be though.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Much better than anticipated. Can spend an entire day there. Interesting for children and adults. Would go again. Also great to take the cruise from there. Archeological info beyond amazing. So well put together.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit: excellent "hands on" opportunities for children to see fish and tidal life. Unique information on geology and on unique Chesapeake Bay watercraft and living conditions.

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Rockville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great museum for showing the Bay life in the area. Exhibits are informative and interesting. We had real fun on the boat ride offered by the Museum. Could not see the otters on the day of our visit

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I was impressed by this very manageable, but very interesting, museum. I particularly enjoyed the lighthouse, the otter habitat, and the fossils. I also appreciated the history section, which was a great introduction to the historical context and cultural background of Solomons Island and the surrounding area. I found the museum informative and fun and I do think it has... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The Calvert Marine Museum was a great way to spend the afternoon. The exhibits were informational and educational for all ages. I highly recommend spending the small additional amount to go on the one hour Wm. B. Tennison river cruise.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Mrs Too and Ben toured this museum last weekend, and had a grand time. She definitely enjoyed it, particularly the otter habitat outside on the deck behind the museum itself. Ben was enthralled, having spent the summers of his youth at a cottage right on Chesapeake Bay, although some distance north in Shady Side. Imagine his delight at the extensive... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Walking through the aquarium was really neat and informative. Alot of information on the different types of fish. The local fossils were neat. The outdoor areas were relaxing, well maintained. The old boats were interesting. Many different types and materials. The otter house was really neat. Watching the otter swim around playing with the balls and the logs. Just having... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

A great place to learn about the area! We went with 2 kids- 7/5 years old. It's very interactive. There is a separate area for the kids. With a cute little lighthouse and boat they can play on. They also have an area where they can find their own fossils (and keep one). Shark teeth! The kids really enjoyed it.... More 

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