Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Bring your students to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for

  • Specialized Tours
  • Hands-on Program
  • On-the-Water Experiences
  • Curriculum Units

At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we are dedicated
to teaching students about the rich history and culture of
the Chesapeake Bay's communities and environment.

Whether at the Museum, in your classroom, or out on the
water, our hands-on programs and curriculum units are designed to inspire, challenge and enlighten your
students about the unique heritage of the Chesapeake's people and places.

For more information on guided tours, self-guided tours, and self-guided tour activities, contact Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or

Download a copy of our School Programs Brochure

Download fun scavenger hunts to do while you visit!

Preschool Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt - Campus

Scavenger Hunt - Lighthouse

Scavenger Hunt Oyster Cans


School Tours

Guided Tours

Our guided tours are designed to bring the vibrant heritage, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake alive through themed, docent-lead explorations of our 18-acre campus and exhibits. Guided tours can accommodate a maximum per tour of 40 students with teachers and chaperones.
     Maryland Students $4 per student
     Out-of-State Students $8 per student
     Teachers/Chaperones $8 per person
     No charge for Talbot County students

Self Guided Tours

In addition to our guided tours, we offer the option of self-guided tours by reservation. Our self-guided tours can accommodate up to 100 students with teachers and chaperones. Supplemental activities to compliment our self-guided tours are available by request. CBMM school tours run continuously throughout the year, and we welcome all students, whether from public, private, or home schools.
    Maryland Students $2 per student
     Out-of-State Students $4 per student
     Teachers/Chaperones $4 per person
     No charge for Talbot County students


Bay Discovery TourEcology Cruise

Ages: 2-12 graders
Duration: 1.5 hours
40 students/chaperones max

In this history–based program, students explore the Chesapeake’s intertwined past and present from the Native Americans’ woodland forests and marshes to today’s froggy rumble of powerboats.Through touch objects and hands-on displays in our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, At Play on the Bay, Waterfowling, and Bay History exhibits, students learn about how the Chesapeake profoundly shaped the lives of its inhabitants over the centuries.


Bay Bounty TourEcology Cruise

Ages: K-12 graders
Duration: 1.5 hours
40 students/chaperones max

In this guided science–and history–based program, students learn what it means to “follow the water” in every season on the Chesapeake through the eyes of a waterman. Students
will tong for oysters, pull crab pots, climb into an oysterman’s bunk on a skipjack, and hear stories of the “big guns” commercial hunters used at the turn of the 19th century.


Chesapeake's Best Crab CakesEcology Cruise

Hands-on Programs
For Talbot County Students Only
Ages: 3-5 graders
Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $300 per class. 32 students/chaperones max
Dependent upon seasonal availability

In this experiential program, students learn about
Chesapeake geography, social studies, and economics by following the blue crab on its journey from the brackish Bay to our picnic tables. The program focuses on the people who earn their livelihood from the crabbing industry. Students have a chance to walk in their shoes by working a trotline activity, picking stuffed crabs at a packing house, ordering from a restaurant on a migrant worker’s wages, and culling their dredge catch.

Curriculum Unit
This curriculum unit, focusing on the crabbing industry of Talbot County, offers fun multidisciplinary activities and lessons for 3rd grade students to teach them about the social, scientific, economic, and historical impacts of the crabbing industry.

Download the Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes curriculum:    Crab Cakes Curriculum


Ecology CruiseEcology Cruise

Ages: 3-8 graders
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $300 per class. 32 students/chaperones max
2013 Season is full: Book now for the 2014 Spring season

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the diverse animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities aboard the Mister Jim, our replica buy boat. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, and finishing by examining the animals, and organisms that call an oyster reef home.

Curriculum Unit
This multi-disciplinary curriculum unit compliments our Ecology Cruise, and tackles the issues of lower catches, water quality, and uncertain futures that many watermen today face though newspaper articles, maps, testimonials, and web research. This unit is designed for 5th-8th grade students.

Download the Watermen and the Chesapeake's Curriculum:   Watermen and the Chesapeake


Oystering Legacy TourEcology Cruise

Ages: 3-8 graders
Duration: 1.5 hours
Duration: 1.5 hours. Cost: $300 per class
32 students/chaperones max

In this hands-on program, students explore the history of the greatest oyster factory on Earth, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Students will learn about a time in which oysters lay thick as stones, through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an oyster gold rush in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks.

Curriculum Unit

Oystering on the Chesapeake, offers teachers' multi-disciplinary lesson plans to introduce students in grades 4 through 6 to the economic, environmental, and cultural significance of the oystering industry. Whatever lessons within the curriculum unit you choose, your students are sure to enjoy this exploration about the region's oyster industry and the challenges facing the industry today.

Download the Oystering on the Chesapeake curriculum:

Explorations 1-5
Explorations 6-10

Custom Tours

Interested in an educational program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum but can’t find what you’re looking for? Customized programming tailored to your group’s age, interests, and abilities is available. A month’s advance notice is required for custom programming.

Pre-and-post visit classroom materials are available at for all programs and tours. Advanced registration is required. Prices include general admission to the Museum. Programs and tours are available throughout the year and welcome all public, private, and home-schooled students, as well as youth organizations. Contact Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or




Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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