Museums

  1. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts CenterAnnmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
    13470 Dowell Road, P.O. Box 99, Dowell, MD 20629
    Phone: 410-326-4640 Email

    Located just outside Solomons, Annmarie Garden features a walking path meandering through woods past works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution along with other artful surprises, a children’s natural play space and native gardens. The center hosts exhibits, a unique gift shop, Nature Nook and the artLAB, a creative re-use space. All ages will enjoy events and festivals, hands-on activities, public art programs and a beautiful setting. Pet friendly (leashed) excluding special events.
  2. Bayside History MuseumBayside History Museum
    4025 4th St., P.O. Box 348, North Beach, MD 20714
    Phone: 410-610-5970 Email

    Cultural history museum featuring exhibitions like Day at the Beach, Amusement Park at Chesapeake Beach, Camp Roosevelt (Maryland’s first permanent Boy Scout camp) and The Cottage. Visitors will also find information about Captain John Smith, Twin Beaches history and numerous seasonal exhibits.
  3. Bruce Gabrielsons Surf Museum and Surf Art GalleryBruce "Snake" Gabrielson's Surf Museum and Surf Art Gallery
    5005 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    Phone: 240-464-3301

    This private museum contains historical items, exhibits and artifacts related to the sport of surfing. Included are Dale Velzy’s shaping equipment, antique surfboards and paintings by top surf artists. The museum showcases one of the world’s largest surf sculpture collections and a compilation of surf books for research on the sport.
  4. Calvert County Historical Society

    Calvert County Historical Society


    70 Church St., P.O. Box 358, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-535-2452 Email

    Located in historic Linden (c.1868), the society offers a research library, family papers describing first-person accounts of historical events, wills, family Bibles, original manuscripts, photographs, published histories, maps and recorded interviews.
  5. Calvert Marine MuseumCalvert Marine Museum
    14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688
    Phone: 410-326-2042

    Rich maritime history, local fossils and aquariums of life in the Chesapeake Bay come alive in the only museum on the East Coast that is home to two lighthouses. See skates and rays, hand-crafted model boats, marine engines, wood carvings, aquariums, fossils and Chesapeake work boats. Outdoor exhibits include a boat basin, river otter habitat and a salt marsh.
  6. Chesapeake Beach Railway MuseumChesapeake Beach Railway Museum
    4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
    P.O. Box 1227
    Phone: 410-257-3892 Email

    The trail is located partially on the right-of-way of the long- abandoned Chesapeake Beach Railway and offers scenic views of Fishing Creek and hundreds of acres of surrounding marsh and forest. Wildlife is abundant and visitors are quite often treated to bald eagle sightings. There is now a pollinator hotel, mosquito repellent garden display and bat house.
  7. Chesapeake Biological LabChesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center
    200 Farren Ave., P.O. Box 38, Solomons, MD 20688
    Phone: 410-326-4281

    As part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the lab allows visitors to experience the scientific atmosphere of the research facility and learn about the ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay. Tour information available online.
  8. Cove Point LighthouseCove Point Lighthouse
    3500 Lighthouse Blvd., Lusby, MD 20657

    Experience history at Maryland's oldest continuously working lighthouse. Grounds include the lighthouse tower built in 1828, a 1901 fog signal building and visitor center. The six-bedroom keeper’s home is available as a high-end vacation rental and special events venue. The grounds are open during specific hours and are free to tour. A museum interpreter is on site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Limited wheelchair access.
  9. Drum Point LighthouseDrum Point Lighthouse
    Located at the Calvert Marine Museum
    14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688
    Phone: 410-326-2042

    Constructed in 1883 at Drum Point to mark the entrance to the Patuxent River, this screwpile cottage-type light is one of only three remaining from 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the 20th century. Decommissioned in 1962, the lighthouse has been beautifully restored, complete with furnishings of the early 20th century. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Included in museum admission.
  10. JC Lore and Sons Oyster HouseJ.C. Lore & Sons Oyster House
    14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688

    Visit this restored 1934 seafood packing house to learn about the boom and decline of the region’s commercial seafood industries. The exhibits explore all aspects of oyster processing, from receiving oysters at the dock to storing, shucking, washing, packing and shipping the product to markets across the region. The oyster house is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open free, May through September. Check museum website for schedule
  11. Jefferson Patterson Park and MuseumJefferson Patterson Park & Museum
    10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685
    Phone: 410-586-8501 Email

    Nearly 70 archaeological sites on the property reflect more than 8,000 years of human occupation. Included are a visitor center, exhibit barn, gift shop, hiking trails, a re-created Indian Village and canoe/kayak launch. Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call about scheduling a tour of the facility.
  12. Kings Landing ParkKings Landing Park
    3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639
    Phone: 410-535-2661

    This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch, swimming pool ($), picnic shelters, wetlands boardwalk, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall for meetings and receptions. Reservations required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted.
  13. Old Wallville SchoolOld Wallville School
    1450 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Phone: 410-474-3868
  14. One Room SchoolhouseOne-Room Schoolhouse
    3080 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676

    Port Republic School No. 7 has been in this shady grove for more than 100 years and is filled with authentic memorabilia. Open by appointment only.
  15. Spaceflight America Museum and Science CenterSpaceflight America Museum and Science Center
    520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
    Phone: 301-812-6480 Email

    Located on the grounds of Calvert High School with Arthur Storer Planetarium, the museum features artifacts from the Mercury program to the International Space Station and beyond. Includes an International Space Station exhibit, space suits, shuttle equipment and more. Many hands-on activities including a working glove box, astronaut gloves, planetarium shows and a Kidz Zone (for ages 3-7).