Visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. by boat or car!
410-745-2916 • 213 North Talbot Street • St. Michaels, MD 21663
Dockmaster: VF Channel 16 or 410-745-4946
38° 47′ N
76° 13′ W
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 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 relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner.
With a waterfront, park-like setting, including numerous outdoor and indoor exhibitions, a Museum Store (with an ATM machine), and a member’s marina, you’ll find us on the Miles River in the heart of the historic town of St. Michaels, in Talbot County, Maryland.
With two-day general admission, we encourage you to take a harbor-side stroll over Honeymoon Bridge to enjoy unique shopping and delicious dining experiences, and be sure to check out our local brewery, winery, and distillery. Talbot County and St. Michaels offer distinctive inns and great lodging establishments, with numerous ways to get out on the water or on a bike, as well as engaging museums, art galleries, and other attractions.
Each time you experience the Chesapeake Bay with us, you’ll find something different. Be sure to talk to our Shipwrights and apprentices in our Shipyard for insight into their current work in progress. Additionally, CBMM offers changing exhibitions, educational programs, boat rides on the Miles River, small craft rentals, and annual festivals celebrating Chesapeake Bay culture, boats, seafood, and history.Download CBMM's Museum Guide Here
CBMM’s floating fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft is the largest in existence and its small boat collection includes crabbing skiffs, workboats, and log canoes. Real shipwrights building authentic Chesapeake wooden boats are part of the CBMM experience, and they are available to share the heritage of traditional shipbuilding with all our guests.
There’s one thing you won’t find much of at CBMM, however—and that’s signs that say “Do not touch.” That’s because CBMM creates and encourages a memorable, hands-on experience in all of its permanent exhibitions, making it a fun place for all ages to experience time and again.
Rediscover the fun of playing on the Bay; take in beautiful, changing exhibitions in the Steamboat Building; climb atop the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse for terrific views of the harbor, St. Michaels, and the Miles River; learn about the heritage of oystering and waterfowling; get your hands dirty pulling up a crab pot or nippering for oysters at Waterman’s Wharf; take a boat ride or rent one of our small crafts; or enroll in one of our numerous educational and shipyard programs to learn something new.
And while you’re here, be sure to meet our mascot, “Chief Mousing Officer” and salty shipyard kitty Edna Sprit.
See Talbot County's Travel Guide Here
Add a little something extra for the children, with one of our scavenger hunts or activity backpacks!
Families with young children can use an activity backpack to facilitate museum exploration. Designed for children 3-6 years old, activities in the backpacks include games, puzzles, and props to encourage play and hands-on exploration within several of CBMM’s exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. The backpacks can be reserved at CBMM’s Welcome Center during a visit, and are offered free with the museum’s general two-day admission.
CBMM Dog Policy
Leashed dogs are welcome on CBMM’s campus, but are not permitted during special events and festivals, with the exception of certified service dogs. Nor are they permitted inside any exhibition buildings, or on museum vessels. Clean up bags and water are available.
CBMM Inclement Weather Policy
CBMM may from time to time be impacted by severe weather conditions. CBMM will make every effort possible to notify the public of closures and cancelations via cbmm.org and official CBMM social media channels.
Photos & Video
CBMM welcomes your photographs and videos of CBMM, taken for personal use, and sharing and tagging CBMM through your social media avenues (find us at @chesapeakemaritime on Instagram, for example). Commercial photography is prohibited, unless prior, written permission from CBMM’s Communication’s Department has been made.
Please note: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s location is often recorded and photographed. By attending the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, you consent to such photography, filming, and/or recording to any use, in any and all media, whether known now or hereafter devised, for eternity. Permission is implied by your visit to CBMM. Thank you!
Drone use on CBMM’s property is prohibited, unless prior approval by CBMM is made. Please see the FAA requirements (updated 8/19/16) for operating a drone, which must first be met prior to any consideration, along with the ability to provide a certificate of insurance naming CBMM insured.