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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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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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From the outside we weren't thinking this was much of a museum, but on the inside it is incredibly complex. They have everything from live stingrays to diverse fish in a variety... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the outside we weren't thinking this was much of a museum, but on the inside it is incredibly complex. They have everything from live stingrays to diverse fish in a variety of aquariums, to fossils and artifacts. It took us a couple of hours for the whole place, and then we went on the boat tour they offer. The... More 

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Tacoma, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wasn't expecting much from this place, seeing as it's a smaller museum, but was pleasantly surprised. My daughters both love coming here, and it's made even more fun by the employees who are obviously passionate about the subject matter. The museum is filled with child friendly exhibits and a play area, including a lighthouse play spot. The price is... More 

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Radford, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting with family and came to the museum and lighthouse. We had been here several years ago and was pleasantly surprised with all the updates. The exhibits were interesting and interactive. We spoke with a volunteer that was working on urchin fossils, cleaning them. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to about the museum's preservation efforts.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When My Family Came To Visit, We Were Excited To TourThe Marine Museum & We Went Up Into The Light House Too, Which Is A Thrill. The Otters Were Interesting To The Littlest One In A Stroller At Her Level. Seeing What A Mermaid Purse Really Is, An Informative Surprise.Lots Of Area History Here In The Area To Appreciate.

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Thank Renee B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I LOVE to go here! Been going to Solomons for years and I like to stop almost every time we visit. The old boats and historical photos are really neat --I especially like the boat that belonged to Desi Arnaz and Lucy. I love the gift shop with all of the good seafood cookbooks--I bought a signed copy of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Admission is only $9 for adults, and free for under 5, so it's a great bargain for families. The discovery room is perfect for young children to spend the whole day in even. Be sure to do the whole experience if you can, last year we almost missed the outside marsh trail and lighthouse tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What is nice about the museum is it has displays outside & you can go in & out, easily. There's tablets, touchscreen & recordings throughout to keep the kids interest. Our highlight was climbing to the top of the lighthouse. It is set up as it was for the keepers back in the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great PEOPLE, wonderful displays, enjoyable and very educational. Must be seen to really impress you with the contents and Personnel. Good Rate Good Parking! Kids and Seniors and everyone with an Inquiring mind will be well fed, information etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We checked out the museum as part of our weekend getaway. My family enjoyed seeing the fossils, otters, live rays and skates as well as the lighthouse. They take AAA discounts if you are a member, for adult admission only. We all had fun exploring and learning about the southern part of Maryland.

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Westminster, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This facility rivals and larger maritime museum at St Michaels without requiring so much walking. Indoor museum and outdoor covered exhibits makes this a great stop even when the weather is not good. Ample free parking. The lighthouse tour requires some climbing but is well worth the effort! Aquarium exhibits allow for a close up view of local fish and... More 

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