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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Very informative and a lot to see
Oct 22, 2014 by: TomWall60 from Rockville, Maryland
Go on a nice day. Best on a weekday and not in prime tourist season of summer. There are many indoor and out door exhibits. Take your time to read about what you are seeing. There are floating display boats and quite a few well preserved boats from the history of the Bay. If you know only a little about the history of oyster harvesting and the types of historic Bay boats, you will find a wealth of information. Great for families where the children are curious and willing to spend a few hours exploring,
Excellent Look at Bay Life
Oct 22, 2014 by: laser20814 from Bethesda, Maryland
Really well done museum centered on the lives lived on and around the Cheaspeake Bay. There are wonderful restored boats and marine equipment that tell the story of Bay mariners. There are also displays in the museum about the industries that grew up around those marine workers. Worth a stop, you can spend as much time as you want there.
Instructive and Interesting
Oct 20, 2014 by: JanGG43 from Kilmarnock, Virginia
We took our son and two grandsons (15 and 11) through this museum and all remained very interested in most facets of this great facility for better than an hour and a half. The waterfront layout and the many exhibits all contributed to our better understanding of the Chesapeake, both history and present day. Interesting displays explain the ecosystem, the recreation and the industry of the Bay. While there are a number of steps to some areas, the lighthouse included, it appeals to virtually all ages.
Oct 18, 2014 by: Carol P from Chesapeake City, Maryland
We learned SO much here! The staff and volunteers are friendly and eager to share their knowledge. The buildings and exhibits are top-notch. Don't miss a thing - allow a good two hours or so.
A worthwhile visit
Oct 17, 2014 by: Jim S from Boise, Idaho
For children and adults alike, this 18 acre exhibit of the history of Chesapeake Bay gives a feel of what life was like during the early history of this area. The combination of the excellent and numerous boat exhibits with the working boat yard, where on site repair and restoration are being done, lets you experience how designs were modeled to adapt to the changing demands of Oystering, crabbing, and especially the revisions of regulations. The visit is enhanced by the excellent walk through about what life was like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I personally found the rather detailed explanations about Maritime life informative as to history as well as the life experience during those times. A plus was the Bay History room that shows the important events that took place on the Chesapeake during the wars of that time. It is obvious that this Museum has excellent management and financial support from locals by the number of volunteers as well as the quality exhibits. If you visit anywhere close to St. Michaels, I recommend you enjoy this wonderful campus. Your paid admission is good for 2 days so you can break up your visit to take it all in. You will leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of how people live, work and play on the Bay.
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