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Adult Programs

CBMM provides year-round classes, workshops, lectures, and educational opportunities for adults. Designed to appeal to interests ranging from the history of boatbuilding to watermen and current environmental impacts, CBMM’s adult programs offer something for everyone.These programs change seasonally, so please check the calendar for the most up-to-date listings.


Donations to The Annual Fund generously support the education, restoration, and exhibition programs of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.



For more information about adult programs, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at or 410-745-4941.

The Academy for LIfelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Photo by Hunter Harris.

Academy For Lifelong Learning

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is a unique opportunity to enhance your life through learning both within and outside classroom environments. An academic cooperative run by members who volunteer their time and talents, ALL offers courses, group discussions, presentations, field trips, and social events conceived and conducted by members. Courses are held on the CBMM campus and at nearby locations.

Maritime Model Guild at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Maritime Model Guild & Sailing Club

CBMM’s volunteer Model Guild supports the curatorial needs of the Museum with exhibit models and building kits for the Museum Store. In addition, the Guild offers classes for building scratch models, and the Maritime Model Boat Expo featuring “live” steamboat models, skipjacks with working sails, speedboats, tugs, and other radio-controlled miniatures.


Speaker Series

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series brings discussion about Chesapeake-related topics to the Van Lennep Auditorium. Held biannually, both the Fall and Winter Series feature a number of speakers connected to a central theme or current exhibition. Speaker Series events vary, but often include talks by industry experts, discussions with community members, performances by local artists, and screenings of relevant films. Each event lends something new to the conversation, and will leave you with a greater appreciation for the people and environment of the Chesapeake Bay.

Boater Safety Courses are offered April through August at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Boater Safety Courses

Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater’s Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.

The Speaker's Bureau at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Speaker’s Bureau

Looking for a program for your civic organization or special interest group? The Speaker’s Bureau at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is composed of experienced professionals who can bring the stories of the Chesapeake’s history, culture, and environment to life at your venue or event. Presentations are approximately 60 minutes long. Presenters supply laptop and projector unless these items are already available at presentation site.


Summer internships are available at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.


The Museum’s internship program is an integral part of its educational activities. Internships provide students with the opportunity to gain training in their specific area of expertise as well as an overview of Museum practices and policies. Individuals currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are invited to apply.