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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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Enjoyed--but a little rude

Took a group of 14 to visit the museum, and all enjoyed the museum. Liked getting to go up into the lighthouse. Only negative was when we stopped back by the gift shop a couple of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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McKinney, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Took a group of 14 to visit the museum, and all enjoyed the museum. Liked getting to go up into the lighthouse. Only negative was when we stopped back by the gift shop a couple of days later on the way out of town. We arrived at 4:47 to be told the shop closed at 4:45 and "next time we... More 

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easton, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This small museum is delightful. It gives you fascinating tidbits about the Chesapeake Bay. I loved seeing the Otters frolic.

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Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The museum has a great selection of displays, boats, and animals. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the lighthouse tour, which was worth the price of admission itself.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Such a sweet little museum/aquarium/lighthouse. We figured we'd go to kill an hour, but we stayed for 2 1/2 hours. Very informative and attractive displays. Sea life includes skates, turtles, various fish, and sea otters. The lighthouse is pretty cool, too

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maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was a fantastic little museum. We only had about an hour and a half, and we didn't make it through everything they had to offer, but my family really enjoyed it! The staff was very helpful and informative. We loved the touch tank, aquarium and fossil exhibits. There is soooo much more to see here than just boats (which... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is our second time visiting the museum, and we simply love the displays. Our kids love being able to touch the marine life, and dig for fossils. This place is a big hit with kids! We have teenagers, who can easily spend hours here. I highly recommend the one hour boat ride ($7) as well. We love this place!!

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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I live 2 hours north of this museum; last time I visited was Summer 2002. Starting here will give you an excellent sence of appreciation for all else you'll see in Calvert County, and also if you'll be heading north to Flag Ponds, Chesapeake and North Beaches, and the Annapolis area. The history and geology of the Chesapeake Bay, the... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We were there on toy boat building day. This museum is one of the best I've ever visited! I loved seeing the otters, going up the lighthouse, and watching the stingrays swim. The toy boat building is so much fun! I think everyone should visit the CMM before they die!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

At first you may think that this is a small museum in a small town, but you will be most surprised! It is packed with displays, fun things to do, activities, and well-informed staff. The first strong point is the Paleontology exhibits of Calvert Cliff area fossils. The geologic time table is highlighted by fossils of the area. Interactive displays... More 

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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It was a very nice museum and tour of the lighthouse(very interesting) and the staff there were very friendly and helpful. An EXTRA big "thank you" to Kim :)!!

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