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Tours & River Cruises

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has many options for touring campus and our waterways, including self-guided and guided walking tours, scenic river cruises aboard the historic 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, small craft rentals, and more.


For all group tour-related questions, or to book your group’s next experience at CBMM, please email

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Highlights Tours

CBMM regularly offers highlights tours of our can’t-be-missed exhibitions and objects. These hour-long tours, which explore the Working Shipyard, 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Oystering on the Chesapeake, Floating Fleet, and Waterman’s Wharf exhibitions, are free with admission to the general public, and are scheduled at 11am and 2pm, on Saturdays and Sundays, April through October.

Please note: Highlights tours are subject to tour guide availability.

Adult & Corporate Programs

With numerous outdoor and indoor spaces, plus ample bus parking, CBMM is just a short walk from St. Michaels’ historic shops and restaurants. CBMM will provide a guide for your group tour upon request, with at least two weeks advanced notice. A $75 deposit is required for guided tours. Tour guides are not guaranteed if your group is delayed more than 30 minutes.

Tickets allow you to come and go as you please and may be obtained upon arrival at the Welcome Center. Admission tickets are good for two days, excluding festivals. Bus parking is available. Download: CBMM Adult Group Visits Flyer

CBMM Members receive a 50% discount on guided tours for private family and friends groups. Standard non-member guided tour rates are $16 per adult, $13 per senior, $5 per child (ages 6-17).

  • Individual & Household members: 6–15 participants
  • Family & Friends & above: 6–30 participants

Private, guided tours are based upon availability and must be scheduled with at least two weeks’ advance notice. To schedule, please email This discount does not apply to corporate, community, or school groups.


School Group Tours

Ecology Cruises are offered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MarylandAt the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we are dedicated to teaching students about the rich history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay’s communities and environment. Whether at the Museum, in your classroom, or out on the water, our hands-on programs and curriculum units are designed to inspire, challenge, and enlighten your students about the unique heritage of the Chesapeake’s people and places.

For more information on guided tours, self-guided tours, and self-guided tour activities, email


Day in St. Michaels Package

St. Michaels Harbor, Maryland.For groups of 30 or more people.

Your authentic Chesapeake Bay experience begins here! Come visit the colonial harbor town of St. Michaels, Maryland, for a full day of activity that offers something for everyone. Our package includes three venues located on Navy Point, a beautiful stretch of waterfront property located on the St. Michaels harbor and the scenic Miles River. Tickets are $67 per person (minimum 30 people per group). A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation, refundable with two-weeks advanced notice of cancellation. You can also download our Day in St. Michaels flyer here.


Miles River Cruises aboard 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle

The Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.Please note: Drop-in cruises on Winnie Estelle are not running at this time

Enjoy a 45-minute scenic Miles River cruise aboard 1920 Chesapeake buyboat Winnie Estelle.

Take a cruise aboard Winnie Estelle with us on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 26, 2019. Drop-in cruises depart from CBMM at noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Sign-up the day of your visit, at the Welcome Center.

All cruises are dependent on marine conditions. Schedule and pricing subject to change. Winnie can accommodate up to 32 passengers.

Winnie Estelle
 Boarding Passes* 

$10 Non-Member Adult
$3 Non-member Children ages 6-17
FREE Non-member children ages 5 and under
 CBMM Member Adult
FREE Member Children ages 17 and under

*Please note, CBMM admission is required to cruise on Winnie Estelle. (General admission is free for CBMM members) Boarding Passes and admission may be purchased the day of your visit at the Museum Store or Welcome Center.


Small Craft Rental Program

CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram_BoatUnderwayBuilt over the years in CBMM’s Shipyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, CBMM’s fleet of small craft includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM also offers private sailing lessons.

The program runs on select days from May–October each year, and renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10am–4pm, with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5pm.

Drop-ins are welcome, however advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Shipyard Programs Manager Jenn Kuhn at or 410-745-4980.

All rentals are marine-condition and weather dependent, with updates on availability at our Welcome Center or Museum Store, or by calling 410-745-4980. Rentals are closed during festivals and special events. CBMM admission is not required to rent a small craft.