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Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

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Address: 14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
Phone Number: +1 410-326-2042

In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken...

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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The Calvert Marine Museum is quite simply a treasure chest of exhibits, artifacts, and live specimens that depict life in the Chesapeake region over a period of millions of years... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Fred M
Summerville, South Carolina

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Calvert Marine Museum is quite simply a treasure chest of exhibits, artifacts, and live specimens that depict life in the Chesapeake region over a period of millions of years. The Chesapeake has a storied history and offers serenity and great beauty as well as its truly interesting past. This is a must visit for visitors to Southern Maryland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fossil and aquarium exhibits were especially interesting. I'm glad we stopped here first before hiking to the beach at Calvert Cliffs.

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Bonne Terre, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

My wife and I really enjoyed ou afternoon at the Calvert Museum. As a Marine oriented museum the major focus was on the local marine industries and the ships and equipment associated with them. There are a great number of models, recreated boats, historical photos etc. everything we expected. What we didn't expect was a fascinating geologic timeline with representative... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Besides the boats and light house, there are fish and an otter. Kids will enjoy seeing all the fish displays and the otter. There is a section where the staff work on fossils found in the area. I learned that along the beaches of the Calvert ridge it is very possible to find these same fossils . You can get... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Went to the Museum with my family and had a fun and educational time. Got to see things such as fossils and boats and even went through a real light house. Kids will love it because there are things for them to do such as make a boat, they can dig for fossils, see fish and otters, and tons of... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Good discovery/kids area with hands on exhibits, play house/lighthouse, several touch tanks and sharktooth digging. Exhibits on boats, fossils and animals. Went for the otters, which my wife loves. Marsh walk over the water, but with no railings, watch littler ones. The lighthouse was open on all levels, and though a tight fit in spots, was a nice walkthrough. Very... More 

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Woolford, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We went here as first time visitors to Solomons. We signed up for the boat ride on the buy boat as well as it only goes out once a day and not every day. The cruise was great and so was the museum. I loved going into the lighthouse to see how it was furnished. The otter display was cute.... More 

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Leonardtown, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Went to Harms's Gallery at the Calvert Marine Museum for a Celtic concert. Surprisingly, the sound was great and it was a terrific show. A bit of a glitch at the beginning of the show when the staff there did not know where the switch was to turn off the lights over the audience seating area. Was a bit uncomfortable... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This museum has numerous exhibits on the local ecosystem and history of the area. Very interesting and extremely well curated. Make sure to visit the lighthouse. Very interesting to see how the caretaker lived 100 years ago. One note, the lighthouse cannot be visited by those with mobility issues.

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Solomons, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We took our granddaughter, who is 3, to the Calvert Maritime Museum and she absolutely loved it. This facility is definitely "kid friendly" with the touching portion of the museum, where you can explore. The otter exhibit is really nice and is at the level of little ones. Bottom line, we had a blast and a very enjoyable outing. We... More 

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