Housed in the Norman & Ellen Plummer Center for Museum Collections and exhibited throughout our campus, CBMM’s collections encompass more than 80,000 objects, watercraft, and library and archival materials representing the maritime history and waterfront community culture of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about select parts of the collection below, and inquire about exploring CBMM’s holdings by completing our Research Request form.
Artifacts representing waterfowling as a pastime, occupation, and community and foodways tradition comprise one of CBMM’s strongest collections. Decoys, gunning skiffs and sinkboxes, firearms, tools, clothing, as well as paintings, […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
CBMM’s largest artifacts, located along the Navy Point waterfront, include the Floating Fleet of historic and replica vessels include the skipjack Rosie Parks, bugeye Edna E. Lockwood and dovetail Martha.Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
In 2020, CBMM was designated a Regional Folklife Center under the Maryland Traditions program of the Maryland State Arts Council. The Folklife Center supports the continued collection of cultural objects, […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
A variety of Historic Structures located across CBMM’s campus, such as the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Point Lookout fog bell tower, Tolchester Beach bandstand, and Eliza Bailey Mitchell House, were moved from […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
The library and collections center houses many tools of the Chesapeake maritime trades and fisheries. Figureheads, anchors, ceramics, textiles, rigging gear, decorative carvings, paper ephemera, and navigational instruments are represented. […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
Ship portraits, watermen and their vessels at work, maritime landscapes, and renderings of historic activities and events are the subjects of the some 1,500 historic and contemporary paintings, prints, and […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023
From detailed scale ship models of historic and traditional Chesapeake Bay to builders’ half-models used in lieu of plans for construction to folk art “sailor-made” models constructed from memory by […]Collections Highlights 2/27/2023