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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

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Address: 14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
Phone Number: 410-326-2042
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In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken...

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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Fossil and Shark Teeth Hunt Adventure Package with Lunch and Dinner

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maritime museum about area

This museum has some fish, otters and other bay life but not enough if you are looking for that sort of thing. NIce displays and interesting lighthouse. Don't know if I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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palmyra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum has some fish, otters and other bay life but not enough if you are looking for that sort of thing. NIce displays and interesting lighthouse. Don't know if I would bring kids here under 10 or 12. Might not be interesting for them. Actually like the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum better.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all, this museum is quite a bit bigger than it looks from the outside! We expected to spend about 20 minutes there, but stayed well over an hour! The museum offers a wide variety of information about the area, from the geological formations to the marine life, to the history of the area over the past few hundred... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quaint museum with interesting boat and marine life displays. We enjoyed touring the lighthouse. Admission fees are reasonable with discounts for military, AAA, seniors, children and in state residents.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great activity for adults and children. Lots of good information, several hands on activities [petting the sting rays, discovery room with turtles to touch and crabs too] Take home a shark tooth fossil too. And, of course, the amusing, cute otters. The kids could watch them swim for hours. Climbing up the lighthouse is also great exercise for them. All... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum covers a lot of things, and it covers them well. I went to see the Drum Point Lighthouse but enjoyed their displays on the Chesapeake Bay ecology and local plants and animals, they have a wonderful exhibit on the fossils of the nearby Calvert Cliffs. Of course there were many boats, they offer boats trips too! I would... More 

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Bavaria, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited this museum 2 years ago and my boys have talked about it quite a bit ever since. So when we had an unexpected week off this summer we decided we needed to travel to MD and go back. We were at the museum when it opened and stayed for a few hours, enjoying all the museum had.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wifey and I had looked forward to a visit, but were delayed enroute. We had visited previously to hear a lecture. We wanted to take in the whole place on this visit, but arrived late in day. Anyway, we had a great time. The staff made suggestions on how to see the exhibits within a limited amount of time. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ace day out for all the family. I especially liked the discovery pool, the gentlemen who was manning it was very knowledge and informative. I also enjoyed the lighthouse (steep climb to top, but great views when you make it!) and the baby otters were super cute. I loved the local handmade gifts in the gift shop. Please visit this... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great musuem in Solomons with lots of interactive activities for kids. Great day trip exploring the museum and Solomon's Island.

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Dagsboro, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The people were so nice and the exhibits were great. Everyone was full of information and we had so much fun. Definitely a go to if you are in the area.

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