Discover what makes our area so special when you visit the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. This museum highlights our area’s maritime culture with special events, interactive exhibits, and more. All of these resources available to guests in an effort to preserve the history and further explore the environment and culture of the Eastern Shore. Many come to St. Michaels, MD, to relax near the Chesapeake Bay, but may neglect its rich maritime history. Immerse yourself in our history and culture on your next getaway when you visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. After, you’re sure to appreciate lounging near the shore even more. Uncover more of our favorite local attractions when you request our complimentary Vacation Guide!
Make a Splash at the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels
Attend Maritime Day & Blessing of the Fleet
One of our favorite special events at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is the annual Maritime Day & Blessing of the Fleet. This year, the event is on June 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event’s purpose is to highlight boatbuilding and other traditional maritime skills by starting construction on the new Maryland Dove.
Attendees will garner a greater appreciation to the meticulous, careful labor that goes into boat construction. You’ll even have the chance to leave your mark on the Maryland Dove by crafting large, wooden nails to be used on the ship. We are so excited for this fun and engaging event to kick off on June 1! There are more opportunities to participate in interactive events and specials at the museum throughout the year, so don’t fret if you can’t make it to the Eastern Shore in June.
View the Floating Fleet
One of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Floating Fleet. The museum believes that the best way to preserve the fleet while also sharing it with the public is by water. The fleet is comprised of rare models that boast both traditional and unique design.
During peak season, May through October, you can view the fleet during museum hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission for adults is $15 and is valid for two days, festivals included!
Browse the Collection of Chesapeake Bay
The Collection of the Chesapeake Bay is the most comprehensive way to learn about our area’s maritime culture. Gaze at the fleet collection floating in the bay, view small-scale models, marine engines, and more. All of these components blend together to create a holistic experience highlighting all of the moving parts of maritime life and culture.
Aside from fleet, the museum also features historical land structures like the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. This artifact is one of only three surviving lighthouses of its kind and was moved to the museum to preserve its longevity.
Stay on the Chesapeake Bay
Browse more of the area’s wonderful things to do after you attend the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Explore more museums and galleries, indulge in fresh Maryland seafood and other local cuisines, or just relax at Wades Point Inn on the Bay. Our property juts out into the Chesapeake Bay and is prime real estate for lounging with a clear mind.
When you finish your glass of wine and the sun sets, retire to your cozy guest room at our inn. Reserve Room 412 in our Kemp Guest House. This room has a cozy queen-size bed, private bathroom, and sunset water views. Be sure to take advantage of all of our amenities during your stay.