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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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A Mid-Atlantic Treasure
Nov 13, 2014 by: JCG45 from Williamsburg, Virginia
This museum is not a typical one-building stand and read the history! It is a full-day immersion into the watermen of the area, their boats, their work and their lives. We spent the better part of two days exploring the 18 acres which held 14 different sites to visit. I thought I would never get my husband out of the working boatyard where we talked to shipwrights as they restored and built wooden boats. The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse is a screw pile which allows visitors to experience the life of a lighthouse keeper. Each exhibit was interactive and educational. After two visits, we ended in the gift shop which was well-stocked with unusual items. It was hard to leave!
We keep coming back
Nov 11, 2014 by: RobinHoo from Arlington, Virginia
We are members of the Museum and return at least once a month. There is always something new and fascinating, and every time we find something we somehow missed before. Our niece and nephew loved the ride on the buy-boat and spotting creatures in the Miles River. Our 90-year-old father loved the exhibit on racing log canoes, and seeing old boats that are "as old as he is." Indoors and out, there are exhibits for all ages and every interest relating to life and culture at the Bay.
Take your time to enjoy it all...
Nov 11, 2014 by: L0VE-TRAVEL-17 from Portsmouth, New Hampshire
You could spend a whole day here if you wanted to. We enjoyed the regular exhibits as well as the 2 special exhibits: The War of 1812 and Tugboats. My husband is a duck hunter and really enjoyed the Water Fowl exhibit. Our tickets on Saturday allowed us to go back on Sunday which was a plus! Wish the boat builder had been there that would have been interesting - they did tell us in advance they weren't there and that that was unusual. View from the lighthouse quite something! And hearing that it had been knocked over into the bay by ice at one time!!! Yikes. Saw a sign in the lighthouse that said they offer overnights to kids 8-12 (I think) accompanied by adults looked like something someone with kids that age might want to explore! Lot's of history in this Museum so take your time and enjoy!
What a wonderful time!
Nov 09, 2014 by: Ana S from Rio de Janeiro, RJ
After three days of cold and rain, the sun finally showed up. We decided to visit St.Michael's Lighthouse and we had such a wonderful time. I love lighthouses and that was the first time I visited one. The whole area is great. Boath rides, the museum, historical buildings... And good facilities too, such as very clean bathrooms, vending machines and parking area,
Great exhibits about Chesapeake Bay history !
Nov 03, 2014 by: rww1794 from Potomac, Maryland
This is a great museum right on the water with several buildings to tour through. Plan on 1/2 day to see everything. The exhibits are very informative and well maintained.
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