Board a public sail, take in an exhibition, engage in a hands-on program, or watch a restoration in the Working Shipyard. However you choose to explore CBMM, you’ll experience Chesapeake history and culture up close and firsthand.

Tours & River Cruises

CBMM has many options for touring campus and our waterways. Choose from self-guided or guided walking tours, a scenic river cruise aboard the historic 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and more.


CBMM’s interpretive exhibitions and public programs highlight Chesapeake Bay maritime history and culture. Learn about Native American life, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century trans-Atlantic trade, naval history, the Bay’s unique watercraft and boatbuilding traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation

Special Exhibitions change throughout the year and feature unique collections, maritime artists, and world-class photographers.


CBMM’s Working Shipyard creates anew the tradition of working at the waterfront. Shipwrights and apprentices provide a tangible connection to the Chesapeake’s rich story of boatbuilding.

Event Spaces

From a corporate retreat to a grand waterfront wedding, CBMM offers venues and event coordination to complement any occasion.

Learn About
Our Programs

Designed to bring Chesapeake Bay heritage, culture, and ecology alive through experiential learning, CBMM’s programs and resources inspire and educate both current and future Bay stewards. Explore our Chesapeake legacy through specialized tours, hands-on programs, on-the-water experiences, and corresponding curriculum units.