Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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Learn about CBMM’s programs, exhibitions, and more.

What We Offer

Explore the Chesapeake Bay through hands-on learning, world-class exhibitions, and on-the-water experiences. Watch the restoration of the Bay’s historic vessels in our Working Shipyard. Participate in programs that shine a light on the Bay’s maritime history and culture. You can do it all at your Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum!

A view of CBMM's Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the Miles River

Buy a Boat from CBMM

The Charity Boat Donation Program makes the process of buying a boat simple and straightforward.

Get Involved

Your Membership dues and Annual Fund donations directly support CBMM’s efforts to be a vital community partner and to provide meaningful and accessible experiences to all.

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

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

Between 70–80% of CBMM’s yearly expenditures go toward our goal of offering the community world-class programming.

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

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Did you know that CBMM offers hands-on programs in the Shipyard every month?

From workshops to on-the-water experiences, there`s always something to look forward to! See below for what you can sign up for today:

- Boat Buying 101
- Shipyard Workdays
- Coffee & Wood Chips
- Paddling Gear & Beer Demo Day

Learn more and register for any of these programs at!

📷 George Sass

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When was the last time you explored CBMM`s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse?

The Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing on Navy Point, was originally built in 1879 to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deal Island or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers. As a “screwpile” lighthouse, it is built on special iron pilings which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait – the first one was destroyed by ice in 1877.

By 1966, first automation and the subsequent deterioration of the structure led the Coast Guard to designate Hooper Strait Lighthouse for destruction. With support from the Historical Society of Talbot County and the designated demolition funds, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum stepped in to save the historic structure, hiring the Arundel Corporation to lift the forty-two-ton lighthouse from its pilings in two pieces and move it by barge forty miles up the Bay to St. Michaels. A Baltimore firm called Pile Drivers built a new foundation out of tubular steel on Navy Point using piles provided at cost by the Union Metal Company. The steel plates and eight-inch steel beams, donated respectively by the Easton Steel Company and the Chase Steel Company, form the support platform atop the piles. The Lighthouse arrived at its final home on November 9, 1966, and opened to the public on May 20, 1967, to much fanfare, becoming a centerpiece on CBMM’s 18-acre campus.

📷 @fctikignome in 2017

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Don`t miss out on our next oyster gardening workshop!

Join us at CBMM on May 13 and we`ll provide you with all the information needed to successfully grow oysters off your dock along with materials, tools, and of course - oysters.

Use the "Calendar of Events" link in our bio to reserve your spot today!

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Happy Maryland Day!

89 years ago, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp with an image of Ark and Dove commemorating the Maryland Tercentenary on March 23, 1934, since Maryland Day—March 25, when the colonists landed on St. Clement’s Island—fell on a Sunday that year.

The stamps, pictured here, are among 127 objects featured in CBMM`s online Dove Tales feature.

📷 "Ark" and "Dove" stamps, 1934. Gift of Ronald E. Lesher. 8888.0170. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

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