As a non-profit organization, the Museum depends upon charitable gifts to underwrite its mission and vision, including:
- Restoring and preserving the world’s largest collection of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft.
- Teaching apprentice shipwrights in the Museum’s Boat Yard.
- Providing innovative educational programs for children and adults that inspire an understanding and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay.
- Celebrating the heritage and culture of the Chesapeake Bay through special events and festivals throughout the year.