For the third year in a row, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a reduced daily admission fee of just $5 per guest through the end of March. CBMM members enjoy free general admission all year long, as well as Museum Store discounts, free and reduced program fees, and more.
The one-day admission rate is offered to encourage guests to explore CBMM’s serene waterfront views, wide-open spaces, and interpretive educational exhibitions, all situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor.
Current special exhibitions for guests to enjoy include Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp, on display in the Steamboat Building through September, and Adze to Whittling Knife: Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers, which can be found in the Waterfowling Building.
Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp features forty years of images by documentary photographer David Harp. Harp’s inspiration comes from exploring literal and figurative edges: shorelines, communities, habitats, and traditional worklife where culture and nature connect, creating the essence of what defines the Chesapeake. The exhibition can also be viewed, in part, at wherelandandwatermeet.org.
Where Land and Water Meet is presented thanks to the generous contributions of Diamond Sponsor Caroline Gabel; Platinum Sponsors Sandy & Omer Brown and H. Turney McKnight; Gold Sponsors Emma & Cullen Bailine and Finn & Jackson Falk, Bob Baugh, Meta & William Boyd, David M. Brown, Dorie & Jeff McGuiness, and The Bay Journal; Silver Sponsors Posey & Bill Boicourt and Susan Russell & William Thompson; and Bronze Sponsors Marty & Al Sikes.
Adze to Whittling Knife: Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay-area craftsmen who produced boats—and decoys—that were regionally distinctive. Boatbuilding was often a full-time occupation, and decoy carving was more typically a sideline. A few boatbuilders used the same carpentry skills to produce both boats and decoys. From the prolific decoy carvers of the Susquehanna Flats at the northern end of the Bay, to carvers whose production was much more limited, some of the Chesapeake’s most shapely decoys came from the hands of carvers who made their principal living building watercraft for fishermen, hunters, or boaters. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Judy & Henry Stansbury.
Shipyard programs that guests can view from a safe distance include the restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware, and the construction of a new Maryland Dove. CBMM’s Rising Tide Program and its Apprentice for a Day Shipyard programs will also be underway over the winter months, as will a number of virtual programs, allowing guests to experience CBMM whether at home or on campus. For a full list of upcoming programming, both in-person and virtual, visit cbmm.org/events.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum requires its guests to follow the Town of St. Michaels ordinance and to wear facial coverings inside buildings at all times and outdoors when within six feet of other guests. For membership contactless entry, please renew or purchase CBMM memberships online at cbmm.org/membership. Additional information on CBMM’s enhanced health and comfort measures and operational changes can be found at welcome.cbmm.org.