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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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Germantown, MD
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

The Calvert Museum and light house is an exceptional site to see while visiting Solomon's. We had thought we'd catch it in the morning and visit something else in the afternoon. Alas, there's so much to see that we spent the day there. And we're going back again to see more at the museum. The outside exhibits will capture your... More

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Newark, DE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Excellent fossil collection and geologic history lesson. Good lesson on the biodiversity of the bay, including aquarium specimens. Separate exhibit on the life cycle of a skate. Nice mini wetland ecosystem. All with the ability for kids to touch (but not everything).

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Solomons, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A nice place to visit while in Solomon's Island!! Great place to learn about the history of Solomon's as well as educating young and old about the Chesapeake Bay and its treasures. They also host a wonderful line up of summer concerts in their Pavilion as well as hosting the Pax River Appreciation Days arts event-a must in the early... More

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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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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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32 helpful votes 32 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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15 reviews 15 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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