Get To Know CBMM

CBMM is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevance, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner.

What We Work For

As a vital community partner, CBMM strives to enhance where we all live, work, and play. We work closely every day with our neighbors to help make a difference.

CBMM serves more than 5,000 Maryland public school students, teachers, and chaperones.

CBMM’s collection contains more than 80,000 objects dedicated to the history of the region.

CBMM employees are involved with more than 100 community organizations through public service or volunteering.

Our History

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum opened in 1965 on Navy Point, formerly a busy complex of docks, workboats, and packing houses on St. Michaels Harbor. Since then, CBMM has maintained an unwavering vision: to tell the stories of the Chesapeake Bay region and its people, environment, and history.

  • CBMM was founded by interested citizens intent on preserving the Bay’s history and traditions.
  • From humble origins in the 1960s, CBMM is now recognized as a world-class maritime museum and welcomes nearly 100,000 guests annually.
  • The 18-acre campus includes historic structures, purpose-built exhibition galleries, and CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels.
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Current Projects

Phase II of our Master Plan campus upgrade is in full swing with construction of our new Welcome Center, Museum Store, and exhibition space, scheduled to open in fall 2023.

Our Leadership

A Board of Governors and a Friends Board with diverse backgrounds provide support for CBMM’s mission, vision, and objectives, while a Senior Leadership Team oversees day-to-day operations.

Work With Us To Make Chesapeake Better!

As an educational institution, staff fulfill CBMM’s mission, goals and vision, working individually and collaboratively to encourage the public’s access to our collections, programs, and resources.

Community & Business Partners

CBMM has forged more than 140 partnerships with local businesses and community organizations. Some of our partners include Habitat for Humanity Choptank, Academy Art Museum, and YMCA of the Chesapeake.