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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
+1 410-326-2042
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In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake Bay; and learn how humans shaped and changed this region over time, working its waters for survival and profit. Visit the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses; see our outstanding small boat collection, take a ride on the Wm. B. Tennison, a log-built bugeye, and experience the Lore Oyster House, a restored oyster processing plant. Touch a horseshoe crab or Diamond Back Terrapin, see skates, rays, and small sharks cavort, and watch otters, Bubbles and Squeak, at play. Stroll the marsh walk and spy water snakes, great blue heron, osprey, and hermit crabs in their natural environment. We are a community museum, established in 1970 by local residents determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island. We are an educational museum, offering everything from the pre-school programs to Elderhostel. We are a research museum, renowned for documented discoveries in Miocene paleontology, and publications on local history based on original research. We are a relevant museum, staying in the forefront of environmental issues and offering a forum for public discourse on controversial topics. We are a partnering museum, actively pursuing opportunities such as the 1812 Grand Tactical that allows us to support and celebrate other institutions. Visit the Museum Store for jewelry, books, home decor, toys and all kinds of unique gifts for people of all ages!
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“boat ride” (20 reviews)
“light house” (24 reviews)
“all ages” (27 reviews)
14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been to Calvert Marine Museum before, but only for live concerts. (They have an indoor and outdoor venue for concerts, have been to quite a few). This was the first time we visited the museum itself. So much Chesapeake Bay/Mid Atlantic history presented...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very nice and pleasant museum. It's a little pricey - but what isn't when museums are free in D.C.? Nice staff, the kids will love it, and you'll learn a good bit about the local area. The lighthouse isn't always open and...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little museum not to be missed when in Solomons. Learn about the local history, flora and fauna and see what life was like for a lighthouse keeper and family in a unique historic lighthouse. The museum gift shop offers maybe the...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this museum and lighthouse. Showed both the life within the Chesapeake Bay and the history which surrounds it. Its a great way to spend time when in the neighborhood.

Thank Vincent B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved The Museum and the Lighthouse. Went with My Grandchildren, You can go at your own pace or Many Staff are around to assist and Tours are Available.Great for Kids to Adults

Thank JosephCDarnallJr
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Lots here for the whole family. Kids of all ages will love the otters! The lighthouse is great to visit? Unfortunately, we were not able to go on a boat tour that is offered on a vessel that is over 100 years old!

Thank Valerie824
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We loved this museum so much we spent most of the day there. So much to learn about the area, and the Otters are such a treat. Be sure to go into the light house and take the excursion on the Dennison

Thank geegat
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I take m grandson to the museum on many occasions. It has some things that were found in the past that make you wander where you came from.They also have many other attractions like the famous Drum Point Light House

Thank pcsiegert
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Plan to spend a day here visiting displays, many interactive, of whale and mega shark fossils, and so many boats from wooden to pleasure that cover a history of life, work, and play on the Bay over its history. A great place for kids of...More

Thank Timothy D
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This museum exceeded our expectations - very interesting exhibits throughout. We found ourselves spending more time here than we thought we would because of the quality and quantity of the exhibits. The otters were fun to watch and appeared to enjoy their habitat as well....More

Thank Brian0ntheGo
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Brandi R
24 April 2017|
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Response from East2West50 | Reviewed this property |
Not Really . The Sting Ray Exhibit Has An Incubator With Lights To See What The "Mermaids Purse" Really Hold To See The Eggs Which Are Really Cool. The Otters Are Really Fun Too. There's Alot To See , It's Very Educational
7 February 2015|
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Response from Fran F | Reviewed this property |
I'd think the best way would be to contact the museum directly. You then can react to any answers given and plan accordingly. Very friendly folks down there!