Get Away: Annapolis Maritime Museum

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay's history, ecosystems and oyster economy, and set sail on a vintage skipjack.
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An exhibit at the revamped Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (Courtesy photo)

Maryland’s Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park reopened in April 2021 with a new, nearly $1 million museum-wide permanent exhibition, Our Changing Waterfront, featuring a variety of immersive and interactive ways to learn about the Chesapeake Bay’s history, ecosystems and oyster economy.

Highlights include an oral history narrated by a holographic Chesapeake Bay waterman, a virtual reality boating experience, and two 500-gallon aquariums that compare the health of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1700s to today.

An animated “Harry Potter-style” book examines the Bay’s watershed, while a touch-screen table game allows players to weigh the pros and cons of various oyster harvesting methods, including their economic and ecological impacts.

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The Wilma Lee, a vintage Chesapeake Bay skipjack (Courtesy photo)

After learning about the bay, set sail aboard the Wilma Lee, a refurbished 1940 Chesapeake Bay skipjack (one of only 20-some skipjacks still plying the bay’s waters today). The 75-foot boat offers two-hour heritage, sunset and Wednesday Night Sailboat Race watch cruises.

Museum admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, military and kids 3-12. Free for children younger than 3. Skipjack tours begin at $40 and must be booked separately.

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, 723 Second St., Annapolis, Maryland, 410-295-0104

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