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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Maryland's rich nautical history comes to life at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum just minutes from the Annapolis Harbor. This seaside institution is situated at the site of the region's last oyster packing plant, offering a lively interpretation of the importance of marine harvesting in the economic development of local towns. See a working boatyard in action, learn about the marine ecosystem, and hear stories from real people about the old way life along the bay.


Prices -

Adults: $15
Seniors: $12
Students (17+ with college ID): $12
Kids (6-17): $6
Kids under 6: free

Hours -

May - October | 9AM -5PM 
November - April | 10AM - 4PM


  • Charity Boat Auction
  • Antique Boat Show
  • Oyster Fest
  • Chesapeake Folk Festival


  • Working boatyard
  • Maritime museum exhibits
  • Boat rides on Miles River
  • Boat building demonstrations
  • Artistic workshops

History of museum

The historic building that used to house the state's last oyster packing business, McNasby Oyster Company, has been fully renovated to preserve important details of the architecture and to capture the everyday lives of the hardworking people that once called this place home.

Working Boatyard

Visitors can visit the working boatyard to see boat building demonstrations by local craftsmen who have been making boats the old-fashioned way for decades. Learn about everything from oar making to bronze casting, and get up close view of this Chesapeake Bay tradition.


  • What are some of the exhibits?

    Dive into the deep history of the Chesapeake Bay with exhibits that focus on everything from Native American life and the Atlantic slave trade to boat building and seafood harvesting.
  • What activities are available?

    Take a scenic boat ride along the Miles River, watch traditional boat builders give demonstrations, take a boat building class, visit the library and special maritime archives, or just learn about local maritime history.

Helpful Links


Driving Direction to National Maritime Museum
or Historic Inns of Annapolis
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