Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

The 1879 Hooper Belt Lighthouse is the visual centerpiece of a collection of historic buildings and ships that illustrate life and work on the Chesapeake Bay since Native Americans dug logs for canoes.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

At the Small Boathouse, you can see work and recreational boats used throughout the splendid history of the bay, including early settlers' adaptations of Native American canoes for fishing and oyster fishing.

At Waterman's Wharf, hands-on and audio exhibits draw visitors into the world of oyster fishermen and crabbers in a typical shack and on the verge of an oyster shack. Also featured is the former home of Eliza Bailey Mitchell, sister of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and a Heirloom Garden of medicinal and kitchen plants grown along the bay since Native American times. A working shipyard continues the traditions of boat building and repair while staff maintain the museum's Floating Fleet.

The Chesapeake Bay is home to one of the world's great bird migrations, as hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds take refuge in the coastal marshes each spring and fall. Along with hunting and bird watching, this polyhedron migration has put an entire nature of waterfowl art. Here you can see displays of waterfowl, while every November in nearby Easton, the Easton Waterfowl Festival is the nation's premier wildlife art show.

Address: 213 North Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Maryland

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Map