Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum



Visitor Experience

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

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Hooper Strait LighthouseThe Museum visitor has many options for touring the campus, including boat tours and self-guided and guided walking tours. Museum staff is available in the Welcome Center to assist you in planning your visit, including the appropriate tour, the availability of special programs and exhibits to see, and general information.

Land Tours

Visitors can easily explore the Museum through a self-guided tour using the campus map, however, the Museum’s guided highlight tour introduces visitors to the Museum and the themes that run throughout its 10 exhibit buildings, floating fleet, and waterfront campus. Adult guided tours for groups of 10 more visitors are also available with advance reservations.

Information on Group Tours and St Michaels Tours.

Changing Visitor Experience

The Chesapeake Bay changes every day and so does the Museum. Each day of the week has something different to offer the visitor – take a cruise on the Miles River on Monday; catch a boat building skills demonstration on Tuesday; create a family craft on Friday; try your hand at wooden boat building on Saturday.

Handicap Accessibility

The Museum’s facilities are handicapped accessible. When planning to visit or attend a program, please call ahead for assistance.


Pets are welcome on campus, when leashed and picked up after. Visitors are reminded to use trash and recycling receptacles available throughout campus. Small children must be accompanied by an adult around our waterfront areas, on docks and piers.

Boat TourGuided Tour