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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 9 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Very nice local, interactive museum, aquarium and lighthouse. Great fun for children. Brand new aquariums installed. Boat and lighthouse tours available.

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Washington DC area
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were not sure if a visit to this museum would be worthwhile, but we were pleasantly supried. The exhibits are well laid out and present much good history about the area and it's role in the war of 1812. We only wish we had allowed more time to see it. A good value for the money and good for... More

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Gaithersburg, Md.
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The museum and lighthouse were very nice to visit. tourists were orderly and gift shop prices were a bit steep on some of the more interesting items so I passed them by. Maryland history books were aplenty and their displays were thoughtfully designed. A very pleasant experience and we will go again sometime.

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Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Stopped to see lighthouse but also toured museum. Great exhibit on oystering history and live skate fish and stingrays. Also went on boatride. Fun Day!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

only went to view the lighthouse and to shop in the lighthouse store. very nice lighthouse and beautiful surroundings

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The museum gives a great perspective on the history of Solomons Island and made our visit more meaningful. We also loved the boat cruise around the island which gives one another view of the island from the water.

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Southern Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This small museum has it all... local boat builders, a historical lighthouse, live river otters, a nice kids room, and a great newly expanded aquarium. They are pioneers in keeping and displaying jellyfish and skate and rays.

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Salisbury
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59 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This museum has an extensive collection and showcases local maritime history. Exhibits include vessels, models, artifacts and displays. There are 17 aquariums; unfortunately, they were closed when we visited. There is also the Drum Point Lighthouse, built in 1883 and moved here in 1975. This is one of the last "screwpile" lighthouses; you can tour inside.You can take a cruise... More

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum as part of a Road Scholar trip in September 2014. We had not been there before and were most pleasantly surprised! It is quite large. The displays depict the history and lifestyles of inhabitants along the Chesapeake Bay from ancient to modern times. There are many fossils on display that were found in... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This area abounds in our history and the Calvert Marine Museum is the perfect place to start. It takes you from our first settlers and the war with Britain to how we are trying to preserve the natural water ways and history of our country. They have wonderful tours by boat and on land and you really get to understand... More

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