Upper Bay Museums


Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inner Harbor, 410-727-4808; www.thebmi.org. Celebrates Baltimore's industrial past, including seafood packing and the maritime trades.

C&D Canal Museum, Chesapeake City, Md., 410-885-5622; www.nap.usace.army.mil/sb/c&d.htm. Weekdays.

Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace, Md., 410-939-3213. 1827 beacon and light keeper's house. Weekends.

Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, Md., 410-939-3739; www.decoymuseum.com. Decoys, carving demonstrations. $

Fort McHenry National Monument/ Historic Shrine, Baltimore
, 410-962-4290; www.nps.gov/fomc. Battle site that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." $

Geddes Piper House, Chestertown, Md., 410-778-3499; www.kentcountyhistory.org. Restored 1784 house. Tue.-Sat.

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md., 410-939-4800; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org. Maritime history exhibits, boatbuilders school.

Historic Ships in Baltimore, Inner Harbor, 410-539-1797;  www.historicships.org Homeport of five National Historic Landmarks: USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, LS116 Chesapeake and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Open daily, year-round, from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 410-685-3750; www.mdhs.org. Bay and Port of Baltimore history. Wed.-Sun.

Mt. Harmon, Earleville, Md., www.mountharmon.org. 410-275-8819. Colonial plantation manor house. Visitors must walk a fairly good distance to get there from the water. Thu.-Sun. $

National Aquarium in Baltimore, Inner Harbor, 410-576-3800; www.aqua.org. Marine and freshwater animals; ocean, coral reef exhibits; Immersion Theater.

Paw Paw Museum, Port Deposit, Md., 410-378-4480; www.portdeposit.com/history/pawpaw. Local historic artifacts. Second & fourth Sun., first Sat.

Rock Hall Museum, Rock Hall, Md., 410-639-7611; www.rockhallmd.com/museum. Boat models, watermen's gear, re-created decoy workshop. Weekends.

Susquehanna Museum/Lock House, Havre de Grace, Md., 410-939-5780; www.lockhousemuseum.org. History of Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. Weekends.

Tolchester Beach Revisited, Rock Hall, Md., 410-778-5347; www.rockhallmd.com/tolchester. History of 19th--century amusement park. Weekends.

Upper Bay Museum, North East, Md., 410-287-2675. Fishing, hunting artifacts. Wed.-Sun.

USS Constellation, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, 410-539-1797; www.constellation.org. Tour U.S. Navy's last all-sail warship.

Waterman's Museum, Rock Hall, Md., 410-778-6697; www.havenharbour.com/hhwatmus.htm. Open on demand.



Middle Bay Museums


Alexandria Seaport Center, Alexandria, Va., 703-549-7078; www.alexandriaseaport.org. Boat-building workshops Tue. evenings.

Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, 410-295-0104; www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org. Local maritime heritage, interactive exhibit center; tours to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse ($). Weekends.

Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, 410-216-6180; www.bdmuseum.com. African American culture and history. Tue.-Sat.

Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md., 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. Maritime & estuarine history, paleontology, lighthouse tours, fisheries exhibit.

Capt. Salem Avery House, Shady Side, Md., 410-867-4486; www.averyhouse.org. 1860s waterman's house/museum. Sun.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md., 410-745-2916; www.cbmm.org maritime history, lighthouse tours, restored workboats and boatbuilding workshops.

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, Chesapeake Beach, Md., 410-257-3892; www.chesapeake-beach.md.us. History of local resort and railway that served it.

Colonial Beach Museum, Colonial Beach, Va., 804-224-3379. Local history, casino-era exhibits. Weekends.

Delmarva Discovery Center, Pocomoke City, Md., 410-957-9933; www.delmarvadiscoverycenter.org. Heritage of Pocomoke River watershed. Wed.-Sat.

Dorchester County Historical Society, Cambridge, Md., 410-228-7953; www.dorchesterhistory.org. Historic house tours (by appointment). Agri-cul-tural, carvers museums. Tue.-Sat. $

Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Alexandria, Va., 703-838-4242; www.gadsbystavern.org. Restored Colonial tavern and hotel. Daily and Fri. evening lantern tours. $

Historic Annapolis Foundation, Annapolis, 410-267-7619, 800-603-4020; www.annapolis.org. Operates William Paca House & Garden, HistoryQuest, tours.

Historic London Town & Gardens, Edge-water, Md., 410-222-1919; www.historic-londontown.com. Colonial house, excavation site of early 1700s town. Wed.-Sun. $

Historic St. Mary's City, Md., 240-895-4990, 800-762-1634; www.stmaryscity.org. Site of state's first capital; Maryland Dove replica ship, living history, archaeological sites. Wed.-Sun.

Historical Society of Talbot County, Easton, Md., 410-822-0773; www.hstc.org. Museum (free) open Mon.-Sat. Tours of three historic homes Tue.-Sat.

Joppa Wharf Museum, West Denton, Md., 410-479-4950; www.riverheritage.org. Choptank riverine transportation, restored steamboat wharf, skipjacks. Fri.-Sat.

Kinsale Museum, Kinsale, Va., 804-472-3001. Colonial port and steamboat era exhibits. Fri.-Sun.

Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Va., 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org. George Washington's estate and gardens, interactive exhibit hall.

Oxford Museum, Oxford, Md., 410-226- 0191; www.oxfordmuseum.org. Town & maritime artifacts. Mon, Wed., Fri.-Sun.

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum, Piney Point, Md., 301-769-2222; www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/museums. "Lighthouse of Presidents" Fri.-Mon.

Point Lookout Lighthouse/Civil War Museum, Point Lookout, Md., 301-872-5085; www.pointlookoutlighthouse.com. History of Civil War POW camp & old Point Lookout Lighthouse.

Richardson Maritime Museum, Cam-bridge, Md., 410-221-1871; www.richardsonmuseum.org. Boatbuilding history, ship's models. Wed., Sat. & Sun. Ruark Boatworks: Model & building workshops Tue. evenings, Mon., Wed. & Fri.; tours Sat.

St. Clements Island Museum, Coltons Point, Md., 301-769-2222, www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/museums. Traces journey of first English settlers.

St. Mary's Square Museum, St. Michaels, Md., 410-745-9561. Town history and memorabilia. Weekends.
Smallwood's Retreat, Pisgah, Md., 301-743-7613; www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/smallwoodhistory.html. Plantation home. Weekends, Sun. only June 15-Labor Day.

Smith Island Cultural Museum, Ewell, Md., 800-521-9189; www.smithisland.org. Island history and cultural life.

Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md., 301-373-2280; www.sotterley.org. Historic plantation and manor house. House tours Tue.-Sun. $

Sturgis One Room School Museum, Pocomoke City, Md., 410-957-1913; www.pocomokeriver.org. African American history. Tue.-Sat.

J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, Crisfield, Md., 410-968-2501; www.crisfieldheritagefoundation.org. History of lower Bay & its seafood industry.

Harriet Tubman Museum, Cambridge, Md., 410-228-0401. Harriet Tubman and Underground Railroad. Tue.-Sat.

U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, 410-293-2108; www.usna.edu/Museum. Historical exhibits, ship's instruments, Robinson naval print collections.

Ward Brothers Workshop, Crisfield, Md., 410-968-2501; www.crisfieldheritagefoundation.org. Restored workshop of local decoy artists. Appointment only.

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Md., 410-742-4988; www.wardmuseum.org Comprehensive collection of carvings.



Lower Bay Museums


Cape Charles Museum, Cape Charles, Va., 757-331-1008. Railroads, boatbuilding.

Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Va., 757-788-3391;  www.tradoc.army.mil/museum/museum.asp Old Point Com-fort, Ft. Monroe and Civil War history.

Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va., 804-776-7200; www.deltavilleva.com/museumpark. The museum is currently CLOSED for rebuilding after a fire.

Gwynn's Island Museum, Grimstead, Va., 804-725-7949. Island, merchant marine history. Fri.-Sun.

Hampton History Museum, Hampton, Va., 757-727-1610; www.hampton.gov/history _museum. Port of Hampton history.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum/USS Wisconsin, Norfolk, 757-322-2987; www.hrnm.navy.mil. Lower Bay naval history, World War II battleship tours.

Historic Christ Church/Carter Reception Center, Weems, Va., 804-483-6855; www.christchurch1735.org. History of 1735 church & its patron, Robert Carter.

Historic Jamestowne, Va., 757-229-1733; www.historicjamestowne.org. James Fort site and archaeological museum.

Isle of Wight Museum, Smithfield, Va., 757-357-7459. Smithfield Ham exhibits, Civil War artifacts. Tue.-Sun.

Jamestown Settlement, Jamestown, Va., 757-253-4838, 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org. Living history portrayals, exhibit gallery on America's first permanent English colony.

Ker Place, Onancock, VA, 757-787-8012; www.kerplace.org. Regional history and 19th century plantation life. Tue.-Sat.

The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va., 800-581-7245, 757-596-2222; www.mariner.org. Figureheads, half models, scrimshaw, small craft collections, library and archives. USS Monitor Center.

Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, Norfolk, 800-664-1080, 757-664-1000; www.nauticus.org. Maritime-themed science center with interactive exhibits.

Naval Shipyard & Lightship Museums
, Portsmouth, Va., (Shipyard Museum 757-393-8591), (Lightship Museum 757-393-8741) www.portsnavalmuseums.com. Naval and naval shipyard history, lightship service exhibits.

Old Coast Guard Station, Virginia Beach, 757-422-1587; www.oldcoastguardstation.com. U.S. life-saving service/Coast Guard history, shipwreck exhibit.

Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va., 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org. Menhaden fishing history, boatbuilding workshop, restored workboats.

Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington, Va., 804-438-6888; www.steamboateramuseum.org. Steamboat artifacts. Thu.-Sun. Tugboat Museum, Norfolk, 757-627-4884. Tours of 1933 tugboat.

Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Va., 757-727-0900; www.vasc.org. Historic spacecraft & aircraft, interactive aviation gallery, IMAX theater.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, 757-385-3474; www.virginiaaquarium.com. Aquariums, touch tanks, IMAX 3D theater.

Watermen's Museum, Yorktown, Va., 757-887-2641; www.watermens.org. Virginia watermen's history. Tue.-Sun.

Yorktown Victory Center, 757-253-4838, 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org. Living history museum depicting life of Revolutionary War soldiers. $