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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
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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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We had a terrific time. Museum is very well done with lots of marine animals, thoughtful exhibits, and hands on activities. This is a museum that has its act together; all of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a terrific time. Museum is very well done with lots of marine animals, thoughtful exhibits, and hands on activities. This is a museum that has its act together; all of the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the outdoor parts, especially going up in the lighthouse and talking with the skipjack captain. Spent 2 hours here and... More 

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Solomons, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

We have been members for many years now. You really can't beat it- $60 per family for the year. We go enough that I could volunteer there and give the same lessons on the animals as they do! The sting rays and skates are fun to look at and touch, it's always fun finding shark teeth and seeing what is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Great Museum for all ages. The guide, Laurie, was very informative on the lighthouse tour and the ray tank. So much to see and take in. We spent 2 plus hours enjoying otters, rays & skates, seahorses and fossils! Definitely a must-do when in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Getting To Go Up Into Drum Point Light House Was The Best Part For Our Family Outing. The Trip Back In History Is Fascinating As You Climb Up The Ladder To The Top. Inside The" Light" Behind A Mermaids Purse Was Interesting To See T Hatched,Along With The" Touch" Zone + The History Of Marine Life Educational. The Otter Habitat... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum with lots of family activities. Lots of great maritime history and information. Much bigger than it initially appeared.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Had been meaning to go here since we started visiting Solomons - and finally did when we had a friend and her son visit us. They have a very cool aquarium system that goes over all of the different marine ecosystems in the Bay, and cool boat works demos as well. Very worth a stop. Discounts for vets, kids, etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

The Calvert Marine Museum is quite simply a treasure chest of exhibits, artifacts, and live specimens that depict life in the Chesapeake region over a period of millions of years. The Chesapeake has a storied history and offers serenity and great beauty as well as its truly interesting past. This is a must visit for visitors to Southern Maryland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Fossil and aquarium exhibits were especially interesting. I'm glad we stopped here first before hiking to the beach at Calvert Cliffs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed ou afternoon at the Calvert Museum. As a Marine oriented museum the major focus was on the local marine industries and the ships and equipment associated with them. There are a great number of models, recreated boats, historical photos etc. everything we expected. What we didn't expect was a fascinating geologic timeline with representative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Besides the boats and light house, there are fish and an otter. Kids will enjoy seeing all the fish displays and the otter. There is a section where the staff work on fossils found in the area. I learned that along the beaches of the Calvert ridge it is very possible to find these same fossils . You can get... More 

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