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Special Exhibitions

Current Special Exhibitions

Eagle, wooden carving, from unknown tugboat, brought to St. Michaels by Robert Dryden, owner of Eagle House, and placed on the roof (c. 1908), where it remained for 57 years. The eagle was  restored in 1965. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD, 1966-78-1. 	A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting

MAY 23, 2015 – February 28, 2016

With artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crabpickers, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting is a new major exhibition of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum that opened on Saturday, May 23, 2015, when the museum hosted a festival to kick off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay.

 


 

Two boys ca. 1910 with swan hunted in the Easton, MD area, from the collection of C. John Sullivan. Chesapeake Swan Song:
From Commodity to Conservation

April 11, 2015-April 3, 2016

The story of the evolving relationship between the people and swans of the Chesapeake Bay will be told through a curated collection of decoys, photographs, and artifacts in this new exhibition.The exhibition is generously sponsored by Guyette & Deeter—the world’s leading decoy auction firm—Judy and Henry Stansbury, and Gourmet by the Bay in St. Michaels, MD.


The Unseen Chesapeake Photography Exhibit featuring Jay Fleming.The Unseen Chesapeake: Capturing the Bay’s Wild, Forgotten Landscapes

Open June 25, 2015 through November, 2015

The Unseen Chesapeake features a selection of photographs from Fleming, all captured in or along the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and can be seen in the Van Lennep Auditorium of the museum’s Steamboat Building.  The images document the Chesapeake’s seldom-seen animals, vistas, and traditions encountered by Fleming, from techniques like oyster nippering to a close-up look at a recent Bay newcomer, the pelican.


 

Upcoming Special Exhibitions

Snapshots to Selfies exhibition photo submission linkSnapshots to Selfies: 50 Years of Chesapeake Summers

Opening May, 2016.
CBMM is accepting submissions through November 30, 2015

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS NOW!

 

In 2016, CBMM is opening an exhibition all about you! Your personal photos and family memories from the last 50 summers on the Bay—fishing, sailing, lounging on the beach, catching crabs—will be displayed for the public to enjoy as part of a new exhibition, Snapshots to Selfies: 50 Years of Chesapeake Summers.


 

Past Special Exhibitions

Admiral Cockburn Burning & Plundering Havre de Grace. William Charles, c. 1813, aquatint. Courtesy of Maryland Historical Society, Hambleton Print Collection.Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake

Explore the impact of the War of 1812 on the people of the Chesapeake, black and white Americans, militiamen, Baltimore merchants, and British sailors who found opportunity and misfortune amid the conflict. This online exhibition features stories, artwork, and rare relics of the period.