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The Annapolis Maritime Museum offers many opportunities for adults to learn about the heritage, culture and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Below are some programs we offer, however we are happy to design content tailored to fit your group's needs and interests.

Each program lasts 2 hours. Museum staff is also available to provide off-site outreach.

To schedule a program, fill out a form online or contact our program coordinator via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (410) 295-0104 extension 3.

Chesapeake Oysters Inside and Out

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Get to know the oyster inside and out by exploring the biology and ecology of the Eastern Oyster as well as its cultural and historical impacts. Activities include:P6251411

  • An in-depth tour of the Museum, its collections and its grounds highlighting the building's unique history as well as its connection to the oyster industry
  • Dissecting an oyster to learn how its anatomy contributes to cleaning the Chesapeake Bay
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat and its connection to water quality
  • Climbing aboard our workboat to find out how oysters were harvested as well as finding out what was done with the oysters once they came to shore

Chesapeake 101

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An introduction Chesapeake Bay history, biology and ecology. Activities include:Chesapeake Bay Access

  • An in-depth tour of the Museum, its collections and its grounds highlighting the building's unique history as well as its connection to the oyster industry
  • Participating in a hands-on activity that introduces watershed concepts, demonstrates the effects run-off on the Chesapeake Bay and learning how personal actions can effect water quality
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat and its connection to water quality

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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The Annapolis Maritime Museum is one of four partners in a consortium that shares ownership of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Take thisinternet image once-in-a-lifetime three hour boat trip and tour of this Chesapeake Bay icon. Tour topics include:

  • Learn how lighthouse keepers lived and the challenges they faced
  • Learn about other lighthouses on the Bay and how many met their demise
  • Learn how the U.S. Lighthouse Society is restoring and preserving the lighthouse
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