After years of thoughtful planning and generous philanthropy toward the project, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum officially broke ground on its new Welcome Center during the summer of 2022.

Set to open in fall 2023, the new, fully ADA accessible building will house CBMM’s Welcome Center, Museum Store, and three exhibition spaces. Its construction marks the start of Phase II of CBMM’s ongoing Master Plan campus upgrades.

Members of the CBMM community and local leaders gathered to celebrate the project’s continued progress with a steel signing ceremony on Aug. 24, 2022.

Mark your calendar now for the Welcome Center’s grand opening on Dec. 2, 2023. Stay tuned for more details on the celebration.

Funding for continued Master Plan improvements come from individual donations and naming opportunities, grants, and operations. Donate to The Annual Fund today to support CBMM’s efforts to enhance campus and create better public offerings.

Check back here to see your Philanthropy at Work by following along with the on-going construction and learning more about this transformational next step for CBMM.

Construction Site Photos

Welcome Center Construction

Video Updates

Sept. 1, 2023 update with Exhibition Designer & Projects Manager Jim Koerner.

Aug. 28, 2023 update with Exhibition Designer & Projects Manager Jim Koerner.

Aug. 4, 2023 update with Director of Curatorial Affairs & Exhibitions Jen Dolde.

June 20, 2023 update with U.S. Coast Guard-certified lampist Kurt Fosburg of Superior Lighthouse Restoration.

May 31, 2023 update with Bill Beitel of Baltimore-based Casewerks.

May 9, 2023 update with CBMM Board of Governors Chair Craig Fuller.

March 20, 2023 update with Vice President of Education & Interpretation Jill Ferris

Jan. 23, 2023 update with CBMM Board Member & Master Plan Committee Chair Talli Oxnam

Dec. 19, 2022 update with CBMM President & CEO Kristen Greenaway

Nov. 15, 2022 update with Chief Financial Officer Branden Meredith

Nov. 1, 2022 update with Chief Advancement Officer Liz LaCorte

Oct. 12, 2022 update with Chief Historian & Ambassador at Large Pete Lesher