Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Family Fun at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Museum offers a number of programs designed for kids and families. There is something new and fun to explore each time you come visit. Get your hands wet tonging for oysters at a waterman's shanty, spend the night in an 1879 lighthouse, or learn to sail a boat. We have something special for every family member to enjoy.



Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum’s ChesAdventures Program. Each Chesapeake-themed class has two sessions; 10-12noon for 4-6 year olds, and 1-3pm for 7-9 year olds.
Pre-registration required to Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail

Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Gift certificates available. $12 for members, $15 non-members. A six-session pass is available for $68 for Museum members, and $80 for non-members. Scholarships for individual classes are available for qualifying students.

February 7, 2015

February 14, 2015

February 21, 2015

Fishing the Native American Way
February 28, 2015

Liability Form



Lighthouse Overnight Adventures

For youth groups, children's organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones)Lighthouse
For inquiries about the program, or to register, contact Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941
or by e-mail

Under the guidance of a museum educator, youth group participants experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on the museum’s 18-acre campus along the St. Michaels Harbor.

The program is offered Fridays and Saturdays, April through June and September and October with advanced reservations required.

Twelve to fifteen children and their chaperones can participate in the program. Kids ages 8-12 travel back through time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a late 19th-century lighthouse keeper. Through educator-led activities, participants try their hand at the keeper's traditional duties, listen to stories, and discover facts and clues about living in a lighthouse, navigation, and Bay history through games and puzzles.

Built in 1879, the screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse once lit the way past Hooper Strait, nearly 39 miles south of St. Michaels. The lighthouse was slated for demolition in 1966, when the museum purchased the lighthouse and moved it to its current location. The lighthouse is one of only three of its kind still in existence on the Chesapeake.

The program fee is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse, a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two days admission to the museum, and a souvenir patch.

Available Spring 2015 dates:

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015

Girl Scouts Badges

Participation in the Lighthouse Overnight program fulfills requirements to for the Lighthouse Badge and completes an activity for The Chesapeake Bay Patch. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey Lighthouse Badge & Interest Project by phone at 732-821-9090, or visit

Download the Lighthouse Overnight Program Flyer
Lighthouse Overnight Program Content and FAQs
Adult/Child Liability and Consent Form


Boater Safety Program

6-10pm, $25 per two-evening session. Pre-registration required to Education Assistant Allison Speight at
410-745-4941 or by e-mail

2014 dates: April 16 & 17 May 14 & 15 June 18 & 19 July 16 & 17 August 13 & 14

Individuals and families with children over age 12 are welcome to participate in our Boater's Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.


Summer Kids Club

Kids' Club

$125 members, $150 non-members
For more information, or to pre-register, contact
Education Assistant Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or by e-mail
Download 2014 Flyer with dates & times

The Museum's Kids Club is a half-day long, hands-on Chesapeake-focused camp for kids ages 4 to 7 where children learn about the Bay firsthand through activities, stories, games and crafts. The Kids Club program runs during the months of June and July. Scholarships are available.

Liability/Medical Form for Kids Club



Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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