Looking for a fun, hands-on experience in a beautiful setting, that also immerses kids in the rich culture and natural history of Southern Maryland? Why not head to the Calvert Marine Museum then?
The exhibits within the museum allow you to explore the regions prehistoric past, understand the environment and landscapes, and of course uncover the maritime heritage - all telling the unique story of the Chesapeake Bay!
The Discovery Room is great hands-on fun for kids, where they can search for REAL fossils that are up to 20 million years old, and climb up a model lighthouse right to the light, and play dress up in the keeper's house!
There's also a touch tank that can introduce you so some of the creatures that live in the Atlantic Ocean waters!
The River to Bay exhibit outlines the diversity of the Chesapeake Bay wildlife, showcasing three distinct habitats and yes, you can see REAL animals, from rays to otters!
You're in a marine museum, so of course there is an exhibit that explores the maritime heritage, and human interaction with the environment, including the relationship with the first inhabitants, through the War of 1812, and today.
Get out into the great outdoors at the Calvert Marine Museum with boardwalks over natural saltmarsh, and even spot traces of opossum, racoon and muskrat too!
Nature, wildlife, and history all at the Calvert Marine Museum, so let's get the educational adventure started!
From Washington, D.C. - Take State Route 4 South from the Washington Beltway to State Route 2-4 to Solomons.
From Baltimore - Take Interstate 97 south from the Baltimore Beltway, to State Route 3 and U.S. Route 301 south to State Route 4. Continue south/east to State Route 2-4 to Solomons.
You can also take I-97 south to the Aris T. Allen Boulevard exit (Route 665), then follow signs for Solomons Island, Route 2 South. Go south on Route 2, following signs for Prince Frederick. Route 2 will join with Route 4 - make a left from Route 2 onto Route 2-4 South. Follow Route 2-4 South to Solomons.
Once in Solomons, stay in the right lane of Route 2-4. It will exit to Route 2, passing under the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Make a left, drive approximately 200 yards, and the museum will be right in front of you.
From Richmond - Take U.S. route 301 north into Maryland, then State Route 234 east to State Route 5, south on State Route 5 passing Leonardtown, left on State Route 4 across the Thomas Johnson Bridge (lower Patuxent River Bridge) to State Route 2 at North end of the bridge, then right approximately 500 feet to the museum.
$6.00 (Ages 5 to 12)
There isn't anywhere to eat in the museum, but they do have a conveniently located soda and water vending machine just outside of the museum, and there are SO many places to grab food in Solomons!
Take comfortable shoes so you can explore as much as you like!
The Museum Store is filled with gifts, souvenirs, fun for kids, toys, apparel, home-wares and more!
Whether you are interested in a self-guided group visit or a structured school field trip, they want to make your trip as exciting and productive as possible, and offer programs to make you get the most out of your visit!
Picnic tables are located on the grounds for your enjoyment and use so why not take your own healthy lunch?
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility
If you want to arrive by boat, you can dock there by call before hand to ask permission and make sure there is space