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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Solomons
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Lighthouses
Owner description: In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Pala, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We stopped in to see what they had, very interesting place enjoyed the whole place my son was learning about boating history that i had told him about hearts ago. getting to explore the lighthouse was a good adventure... Had a good time...

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Our three generational group found lots to do and see at this pearl embedded in the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay's western shore. Exhibits, hand-on experiences and living, vibrant environments are designed with all ages in mind. The little one (4 yrs old) loved the fossil search sand box. Extracted from the near-by "Calvert Cliffs" geologic exposure and relocated... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There were varied exhibits, such as some fossils, some live animals, different boat exhibits from various eras. Some exhibits telling more of the history of the area. We did enjoy it and were glad to have seen it.

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Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have been to the Calvert Marine Museum before and have never been disappointed. Be aware that currently portions are closed in order to make way for a new exhibit that opens later in 2014. I have seen everyone from the smallest of children to the oldest among us find something to smile about at the museum. From the playful... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We spend several hours at the museum and grounds. Outstanding exhibits about the prehistoric formation of the Chesapeake area. The aquarium was closed for renovation but there were plenty of other activities: visiting the otters; examining old boats; looking at displays on the oyster trade, slavery, and boat building; walking up into the lighthouse; or the extra boat trip on... More

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Gettysburg, PA
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150 reviews 150 reviews
28 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Went with kids ages 4-11 and we ALL had a great time. All love the hands on exhibits and interactive ones. Be sure to allow yourselves 3-4 hours. If you add the boat ride to your day (which you HAVE to do) that is an hour in itself. Be sure to bring your AAA card for a discount! My family... More

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California, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have been to the Marine Museum twice now, and would have no problem going back sometime. There is plenty of parking, and the staff is very friendly. This museum covers everything from prehistoric times, featuring a megalodon reproduction and other fossils, all the way up to modern times. The exhibits and overall layout are well thought out, while not... More

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I didn't get to experience the museum or related attractions, but did enjoy the grounds for a concert. It was well organized and a fun, relaxed environment for an outdoor show! The concert price was right - the beer was reasonable ($5) - and they even had clean trailer bathrooms in addition to port-a-johns which was nice. Well worth the... More

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Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum is full of interesting items related to life on the water. Several hands on exhibits to interest kids. The stingray tank and otter tank is wonderful! Easy museum to walk through. The lighthouse is beautiful but difficult to climb if you have knee or leg problems and a bit of a challenge if you are a very large... More

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Hurst, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were surprised to find such an entertaining and educational museum right off of Hwy 4 in Solomons, MD. The exhibits are high quality, and the range of subjects go from fishing, crabbing, and naval history to the geology and natural history of the area. Be sure to wander outside the main building to see the otter exhibit, a large... More

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