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“St. Michaels---The Perfect Day/Week Trip”

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Experience how people live, work and play on the Chesapeake Bay - cruise on the Miles River,get your hands wet exploring a waterman's shanty, let our boat builders show you their magic, or climb to the top of an 1879 lighthouse. Come do the Bay, your way.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I've been to this laid back amazing town over the years. Each time I go back more has been added. The Maritime Museum complex is huge now and I think our guide said that it has grown to 16 buildings. There is something there for everyone and seeing it all would take the whole day. One of the more amazing displays is the Skipjack. The staff added life-sized figures onboard and to the side of the boat. Visitors may go onboard and experience this firsthand. At different intervals, these figures speak in a running dialogue, just like they would if they were at sea. In another section, a visitor can also use the oyster tongs and bring up some oysters, standing on the dock. The waterfowl display is also a one-of-a kind exhibit. In this building they have decoys, hunting rifles, boats used for hunting, bird sounds, migration routes, etc. In one building there are shipwrights building or restoring boats which will be on display. The museum orders special wood from existing stateside sawmills to complete these works of art. Also on the property is the lighthouse and dozens of other displays not mentioned here. Eateries and restrooms are nearby. Photo opportunities are everywhere. Gulls, ducks, herons, and boats of all kinds are there to see. Prices are ok, since the town relies on the spring to fall visitors. From northern VA, the travel time is about 2 1/2 hours.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

I've visited the CBMM several times, usually for one of their many events. The place itself has lots of offer a photographer. There are several buildings with interesting displays and the views from the piers are always fresh. There are birds flying by and boats of all sorts. The volunteers in the boat house are always wonderful about explaining what they're doing. And they are usually doing something interesting. And their resident cat, Edna, is always entertaining!

Thank Sabrina R
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Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

It did seem a little pricey at first, but as you're walking around, learning the history, you realize your money is going into the preservation of history. It makes it worth it! There is plenty of room for young kids to run around. I did get a little nervous on the docks, but the kids loved looking at the water. The best thing is that almost everything is open for hands on looking. The kids loved going into the lighthouse, all the way to the top and climbing on the different types of boats. You even get to see actual boat repairs being done. It's worth a few hours and the money the next time you're in St. Michaels!

Thank Stevielyn85
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The museum was very nice, well organized and a lot to see. Particularly enjoyed all the model boats,

Thank Liketotravel813
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CBMM_Munson, Manager at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Thank you for your recent visit and review of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. We can understand how you might feel our admission prices are high, on occasion others may have felt the same way. What we've found is that once they see the expansive offerings we have - less than $1 per exhibit building, tied in with our free parking and two-day admission for the same price, many come to believe (and comment on tripadvisor) that it's a good deal. And better yet, museum members get free general admission all year long. Thanks again for your comments and your visit.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Very good attraction for kids. In one hour and fifteen minutes you can finish the visit with them.
Nice photos and views close to the sea. Opportunity to talk with them about boats.

Thank carloslimabra
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