Museums

St. Michaels is home to two fine museums.

CBMM_LighthouseWarmLightChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On the scenic St. Michaels harbor, on a piece of land called Navy Point, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum beckons you to learn about the culture, history, and science of the Bay as you stroll its grounds and exhibits. Interactive education programs and events allow visitors of all ages — sailors, families, schoolkids, and more — to experience life on the Chesapeake Bay.

This year, the CBMM celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary! Celebrate with us at “Party on the Point” on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015. More info here.

  • See the view from atop the 1879 Hooper Straight screw-pile lighthouse
  • Climb aboard an indigenous sailing vessel
  • Try your hand at tonging for oysters and catching blue crabs
  • Watch a restoration in the working boat yard

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St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square

About 1778, as one of the earliest attempts at planned development, James Braddock laid out St. Mary’s Square to serve as the Town Center, enclosed by gated entrances. In addition to residences, various enterprises included a church, schools and a Market House for farmers to sell their goods. The museum consists of three 19th Century buildings moved to St. Mary’s Square from their original locations and is the former site of St. Michaels High School ca. 1880.

  • New exhibit for 2015! “Frederick Douglass: His World 1818-1895”
  • WALKING TOURS — On Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM the 2015 walking tour program will begin with “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” that will be offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month. This tour will give highlights of St. Michaels during the 19th Century, chronicling the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry, the War of 1812 and battles of St. Michaels, and the rise of the seafood industry. These stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times, including Frederick Douglas. Additionally we plan to introduce new tours and a short Saturday afternoon tour in the Museum and St Mary’s Square that will begin in June.
  • Explore historical exhibits and learn new information
  • Relive historical events, such as at the recent Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of St. Michaels (August 10, 1813)
  • Participate in the town’s lovely and meaningful Independence Day festivities
    “History is so immediate here,” said Marie Martin, past president of the museum’s board of directors. “Let’s face it — St. Michaels is a museum. Everybody here is a volunteer.” USA Today