Details for Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 39 reviews

Address 213 N. Talbot Street Navy Point PO Box 636
St Michaels, MD 21663


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info:


Members can call any time in advance to make reservations unless it is a holiday or festival weekend and then reservations are only taken two weeks in advance. Strongly recommended during busy months.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

MC, VISA, Discover

Payment discounts

You must be a member to dock at CBMM. At Mariner membership or above, you are entitled to $1.75 per foot dockage Sun to Thurs, and $2.50 per foot dockage Friday, Saturday, and holidays. All of these memberships provide free entry to the museum for the family. Also reciprocity at other member museums including Mystic. See:

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Museum Staff will answer your call on 16 during Museum Hours (9 am - 5 pm summer). Busy weekends please be patient.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Follow the channel into St. Michaels and head directly toward the lighthouse at the Museum. Dog leg to the north for most of the transient dockage, and then again west between the museum and the mooring field. Transient dockage seems to vary between 3 and 12 feet.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Some slips, some tie-alongside.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Average slip is 15 feet wide, 40 foot long- bulkhead accommodates 30 feet wide, up to 200 feet with low tide depths between 6 and 8 feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2015-01-21)

Other price info: Free day dockage is available to Supporter Level members and above, from 10 am-4 pm. Availability is limited, no reservations accepted. Memberships at the Family Level and above are permitted two additional guests for free. Any additional non-member guests must pay museum admission.

Mariner Level Members and above may make use of overnight docking facilities at a cost of:
- $1.75 per foot Sunday through Thursday with a $50 minimum.

- $2.50 per foot Friday through Saturday and Holiday weekends with a $75 minimum.

- Single 30 amp $11 per night.

- Twin 30 amp $16 per night.

- Single 50 amp $16 per night.

-100 amp available; meter rate per use.

- Pump out station $5 per pump out.

Supporter Level members and above will also receive a coupon for free docking on the second night of a visit once per year in addition to free head pump out.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Be specific when making reservation.

Pricing info: Single 30 amp is $11.00 per night, twin 30s and single 50 amp is $16.00 per night and 100 amp is meter rated price.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available on request, new potable hoses available to use at the marina.

Dinghy access

Yes - Members are welcome to use the Museum dinghy dock. Check in with the Welcome Center prior to visiting the grounds, or when leaving campus.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: So far leashed dogs have been welcome on the grounds but not inside any of the buildings. Keep the baggies handy to pick up after your pooch!

After hours you are fenced in and gates are closed. This is particularly nice for overnighters, but maintaining the courtesy of picking up after your dog will help insure that this freedom continues.

Dogs are not allowed on campus during festival hours (they may be kept on board your vessel).

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out is $5.


Yes - $2.50 per 8lb bag.


Yes - Limited. Use big blue barrells near Mill Street entrance to Museum.


Yes - Seasonal. Nice facility.


Yes - Well-maintained




Yes - 2 blocks, easy walk.



Yes - Too numerous to name, all within 4-5 blocks, many closer, easy walking. Huge variation in pricing and skill of the chef. Breakfasts and ice cream cones are wonderful for the casual boater.


Yes - Several within easy walking distance, a block or two (or 3 or 4).

Eastern Shore Brewing
605 S Talbot St
St Michaels, MD 21663
Local microbrewery.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Verizon Aircard excellent. Museum has WiFi, but signal is weak at F Dock. There is also a Public WiFi which seems to work fine. 2015

Boat ramp availability


Other services


You will be ON the Museum Grounds. All exterior exhibits are at your disposal 24/7, inside exhibits are worth the price of admission and the time it will take you to make the rounds.

Reviews for Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Awesome Visit!, 2017-07-06
Captain: , Oakton, VA (349)

After looking at the cost for a single visit, we joined as a family to help support this wonderful organization. Our visit was entertaining and educational, especially talking to the craftsman working in the boat shop and yard.

Great Museum. for young and old!, 2017-06-11
Captain: , Hull, MA (580)

Our stay was too short! We only spent 2 hours at the museum so we rushed thru some exhibits. This is a MUST visit. Exhibits are well laid out over several buildings, very informative and encourage you to touch and interact. We will go back again, and maybe get a slip next time.

Second Visit, 2016-10-14
Captain: , West River (298)

This was our second stay at the museum (first was in October 2014). Our Nordic Tug 34 was assigned slip E1, which allowed easy boarding from the bulkhead (short finger piers would be a challenge if stern in with our dangling dinghy). Staff was very capable and helpful with tying up.Electric is close to all slips. Water is near some slips, but not close to most E slips (we plan to have a full tank when visiting CBMM). WiFi is also available with good service. There is a small restroom near the E slips, but the bathhouse is on the other side of the museum (three minute walk). Restrooms and bathhouse were clean.The slips are available to museum members (check the website for levels and privileges). This is a great location and is typically very quite. Looking forward to our next visit.

Maritime Museum, 2016-08-26
Captain: , Lottsburg, Va (264)

Stayed two nights, no issue with water depth while docking, we draw 4.5 ft., had some help from dock hands. The pilings are a bit close on A-dock, it's a side tie tie along a bulkhead and "fender pilings" are placed between some of the other pilings. This does help keep one off the bulkhead but the exit or entry from your boat could be impeeded by these fender pilings. No frills experience, the rest rooms were clean , didn't use their shower. Fantastic museum. Very convenient to town, grocery store 2 blocks. good power and wifi.

A favorite destination on the Eastern Shore -- note about shore power, 2016-04-29
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (666)

The Museum has upgraded shorepower. One challenge for 30A equipped vessels is that the Museum has many 50A250V power points and fewer 30A125V power points. Also they do not have many splitters. When you arrange dockage be clear on your power requirements.

Amazing Place, 2015-10-20
Captain: , Tracys Landing, MD (422)

Brought out of town friends from Boston here as part of sail to SM. They thought Beantown had history and were blown away at the rich history of the Chesapeake region. Had a great conversation with the instructor at the Boatyard where students were doing their woodworking projects (on a Sunday no less).They're going home to check out their local maritime museum. Friends want to come back next year to build kayak paddles.

Worth The Visit, 2015-10-12
Captain: , Berwyn (250)

Great place to learn the history of the Chesapeake throughout the years. The layout is excellent and well thought out.
I became a member so I could use their docks in the futre when we come back to Saint Michaels.

We go here every time we are in town., 2015-09-14
Captain: , Seaford, VA (1049)

An excellent presentation of the Maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay. Lots to see and read, just take your time will all the displays.

Couldn't have been better, 2014-09-20
Captain: , Lake Ariel, PA (184)

Third time over the years staying at the Museum. Megan and her staff couldn't be more welcoming and hospitable. We had planned on anchoring out in Shaw Bay, but had trouble with the dingy motor. Megan went over and above to find a mechanic for us late on a Friday afternoon. Staying at the museum after hours is absolutely awesome. Our boat isn't new, but not quite as old as the boats we were amongst.

Very Nice!, 2014-06-30
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (502)

Meghan was a fine and friendly dockhand who met us and helped tie.

Museum is vast and superb and has something to interest everyone.

Considered the famous crab joint but after phoning in advance it was pretty clear they didn't need our business so we called St. Michael's Crab & Steak House. Extra large, local crabs were as good as they get- perfectly seasoned and served by very nice waitstaff.

Bath house a bit dated but quite adequate.

We'll certainly be back!

Members only, 2014-06-10
Captain: , Grand Haven (470)

Under slip information I stoped reading at transient fee $1.75/ ft.
You can't stay here unless you pay $125.00 for their membership fee.
This is not a marina enviroment!!

A top Chespeake museum, 2014-01-08
Captain: , Chester, MD (225)

If you are in the area, don't miss it. Nice museum covering many aspects of life and history on the Chesapeake.

not service oriented, 2013-11-30
Captain: , Wiscasset, Maine (290)

Great location, but clearly not set up with professional marina staff. We enjoyed an extended stay at the museum docks ( had to pay $100 membership fee plus per foot dockage), so a short visit could be expensive. Staff seemed perpetually annoyed with their system for registering boaters, it really showed in their attitudes. It's a big, working waterfront with lots to see and do. There is NO LAUNDRY in town.

One of Our Favorite Spots, 2013-10-13
Captain: , Keyesport, IL (170)

The fixed docks have some limitations--i.e., let them know if you need power and slips are exposed to a north to east north east wind--but the location and the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff more than makes up for any limitations. The museum is a must visit, and the town of Saint Michaels is a great destination. A micro brewery, Eastern Shrore Brewing, and Blue Crab Coffee Company are both within walking distance of the museum. And both are worth a trip. Multiple restaurants are within easy walkng distance, too. There are also some fun shops and galleries. And we enjoy just walking through the town for the historical architecture.

St Michaels Maritime Museum, 2013-09-13
Captain: , League City, TX (173)

Wonderful place. Lots to see and do for the entire family. A $75 family membership entitles you to free entrance for yourselves and 2 guests. The list of affiliate museums is lengthy and the membership price is a bargain!

Great museum in a very nice town!, 2013-09-03
Captain: , Charlotte Harbor, FL (1588)

Join as a family or higher to get day access to the facility...we spent three days doing the museum and biking the town, a favorite historical stop.

A gem of a museum, 2013-08-20
Captain: , Philadelphia (90)

Great place to spend the day and lear about the bay

One the must sees on the Eastern Shore, 2013-06-27
Captain: , Annapolis Md (280)

Over the years I have watched ths institution grow from a small local museaum into a wonderfl facility that does a great job of sharing the history and traditions of the Chesapeake Bay with both boaters and the public. There are resonable docking facilities for museaum members with electricity water and heads. CBMM also puts on a number of events each year that are worth the visit. When we were last there, they were having an antique boat show. This was great fun and provided some beautiful wooden power boats to look at. When you visit St Michaels, be sure to make the museum one of your must see stops. Highly recommended.

Such a fun place for the kids!, 2013-05-06
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (250)

This is a totally cool trip -- If you've never been, you just have to check it out! It's less pleasant during sweltering hot summer days, though...

Love this place!, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Selby Bay, MD (93)

Every year the facilities seem to be improved a bit (new electrical, wifi, etc.). I don't think there is a better place in St. Mike's to wake up in. I love the early morning coffee under the lighthouse.

But, the prices have crept up and the hook is beginning to look like an alternative to docking.

$ 1.00 a foot special, 2012-10-02
Captain: , st michaels md (10)

For the month of October CBMM is running a special Sunday through Thursday docking only 1.00 a foot and for the first time ever you do not have to be a member. They are doing this to try to have new customers come in and fall in love and eventually join. Remember this is only for the month of October. This place is amazing !

Stayed in October at winter rates, 2012-10-02
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3169)

Not a resort but as convenient as any of the local marinas. You are IN the museum and the feeling is nostalgic of the great old wooden boats nearby.

Absoulte must see., 2012-09-02
Captain: , Key Largo,FL. (241)

I spent nearly six hours in this musem and I will be back. If you are at all interested in Chesapeake Bay boats or the Bay itself you must stop here.

Won Me Over, 2012-08-22
Captain: , Annapolis (105)

The weather was wonderful when we visited St. Michael's, and I was reluctant to spend several hours in a museum, especially one that costs money. The reviews on here were good enough to convince me to part with my money though, and boy am I glad I did. The museum is more like a campus with many buildings and exhibits. You can look at boats outside, or go up in the lighthouse and get the best view in St. Michael's. You can go watch actual woodworkers restoring old boats. You can play around with interactive exhibits doing things like using real clambing tongs off a dock. And of course there are multiple buildings with many exhibits about life on the Chesapeake. You could probably spend a week here there is so much stuff, but if you have a limited attention span like me then it is great fun to just bounce around here for a few hours.

Note that I probably wouldn't buy a membership here just for the docking privileges. You can anchor just a few feet away, or you could get a slip just as cheaply at Higgins next door. Once you've been here and seen how great it is though, you might want to get a membership to support them, and the docking privileges would just be icing in that case.

Outstanding Attraction, 2012-07-22
Captain: , Pennsville, NJ (195)

Stayed here overnight as part of a fleet of fourteen sailboats. We were able to negotiate a slip fee and admission to the museum and save about 2/3 off normal St Mikes rates. Heads and showers were spotless. Personnel were warm and welcoming.

Basic amenities tied to a great museum, 2011-10-26
Captain: , Londontowne, MD (470)

We're large enough so there are only a few slips we can use... but when one is available, it's a great place to stay. Dockhands have varying degrees of experience (mostly ranging from some to none), but they are indeed trying to be helpful and will respond nicely to firm direction. A Dock, which faces the town harbor, is about 200' long and usually divided into four 50' slips... and it has pros and cons: it's a great show, but the traffic can also cause a bit of wake (fenders are good). Do learn to use spring lines to warp into tight spaces! (Over Columbus Day weekend, we squeezed in between boats fore and aft, with approximately 3' --total --to spare.) The new free Wi-Fi access was said to be available within the grounds, but not necessarily on the outer docks; sure enough, we experienced only so-so signal strength from the boat on A Dock, even with a separate Wi-Fi adapter/range extender. Even when we had decent signal strength, the provided logon/password information only seemed to work sometimes. Wandering the museum exhibits are restful and informative; it seems there's always something we've overlooked on previous visitis...

Best maritime museum I've seen, 2011-10-11
Captain: , Lindenhurst, NY (316)

All the other reviews are helpful, so I'll add a great little tidbit of info: After 5PM the museum grounds become a town park, so you can walk around and enjoy the outside (open air) exhibits for free and as much as you want.

A must for any cruise of the area., 2011-06-11
Captain: , Rochester, New York (50)

This museum is a wonderful place to learn much about the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the indigenous craft that are unique and strikingly beautiful. Indeed, not visiting this well maintained and beautifully presented museum must certainly limit one's ability to understand the history and lifestyle of the Eastern Shore. St. Michaels is a great stop during any cruise of the Chesapeake Bay, and visiting this museum will be long remembered as a highlight of your stay.

Maritime Museum St Michaels, 2011-06-08
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

Stayed on the face pier and as supporting member get dockage at $1.75/Ft + Electric ($16/50 Amp). Met by a very pleasant dockmaster Ashley. Being at the museum gives a nice base to visit town and see the museum. Check out time is noon so you have some time to further check out the museum on the day of departure if it fits your schedule.
Shower facilities are adequate but floors need some work.

Trip back in time., 2011-05-22
Captain: , Bagdad, Florida (286)

Anchored just off the Museum and a short dingy ride later took a major step back in history. Very interesting display af all things Chesapeake. Enjoyed the Carpenter Street Saloon.

Just terrific, plus a great bargain for docking, 2011-05-16
Captain: , Fort Collins, CO (492)

A $70. membership gets immediate family and 2 guests in for a year, and allows you free daytime docking. Could not see all the museum late in the afternoon, had to come back the next day - so much to see. Nice showers and bathrooms. Breakfast was great and a real bargain at the Carpenter Street Saloon, directly across from the grocery store.

Get the Family Season Pass, 2011-04-26
Captain: , Annapolis (795)

If you plan to go to St. Mike's more than once a season, get the CBMM family season pass. The docking facilities are minimal, but it far more cost effective than taking a slip at a marina in St. Mike's.

Great spot, 2010-11-26
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

You can tie up at the Museum if you're going to take a tour -- something well worth doing. Charming spot and nice people.

Great afforable dock location to visit St Michaels Museum, 2010-09-03
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Join the Museum as a contributing member ($95 on line per year) allows you to use their docks at $1.50 per foot as opposed to the norm in St. Michaels of $3.50-$4.00 a foot. Also gets entry for the family and reciprocity at many other member museums including Mystic. Very good museum, well worth the stop.

Good Marina, Nice People, 2010-06-29
Captain: , Stuart, FL (426)

Ashley and Jody are great as was everyone else. Dock are in good condition, nice museum, lots to do in town, good shopping and free do-it-yourself pump out. Great rates if you join the museum and pays for itself in one night compared to other marinas in St Michaels. Would definitely come back.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 2010-05-24
Captain: , Temple Terrace, FL (234)

We stopped to visit the museum briefly but became so enthralled with the museum campus, the exhibits and the docking possibilities that we signed up as members. Our membership allowed entrance into the museum, daily dockage and reduced rates for overnight dockage. The membership is well worth the money even if it were land locked. There is more at the museum than I could have ever absorbed in one day. Varied and authentic boats of the old days and wooden boats are built at the museum. If you like boats this is the place! Staff helpful and friendly.

Great place - great town, 2008-07-22
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1264)

Just don't count on dockhands helping - they're almost useless. But we loved the location and the convenience.

Excellent Place to Visit, 2007-09-05
Captain: , Rock Hall (4)

As a member of the musium, I use the facility to bring guests when taking them for a boat ride. If you have a wide boat - call and ask for one of the T docks as some of the slips are narrow. Staff is friendly and helpfull.

Great place and a bargain.., 2007-04-01
Captain: , Annapolis (160)

I'm a member of the museum which allows me to use the facilities for lunch whatever for free. So, beased off of experience I would be careful of doing a side tie up against the bulkhead in front of the big building, or under the lighthouse. Some don't really honor the no wake sign and I've seen quite a few boats get damaged if they don't have good fenders. Also, be careful with depth as it can can be as low as 4 feet in some areas. If you are deep tell them and they will steer you toward deeper dockage.

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