Exploring Southern Maryland: Calvert Marine Museum

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Located in Solomons, Maryland at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the Calvert Marine Museum offers fun, hands-on experiences in a beautiful, waterfront setting. The museum is just 50 minutes south of St. Charles and offers numerous fascinating glimpses of Southern Maryland’s prehistoric past, natural resources and maritime heritage all interwoven with the story of the Chesapeake Bay.

The museum is a public, non-profit, educational, regionally oriented museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Exhibits are dedicated to the presentation of three themes: regional paleontology, estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay, and maritime history of these waters.
From the 29,000 square foot exhibition building, explore three galleries brimming with discoveries for children and adults alike. The exhibits bring you face-to-face with 8-12 million year-old fossils as well as skates, rays and river otters. Self-guided tours allow you to stroll through the museum at your own pace.
On a pleasant day in the winter, there is a chance to see many unique views of nature never seen in the hot days of summer. Stroll the Marsh Walk just behind the museum and watch for warblers, winter water birds, swans and ducks along with a lone Great Blue Heron, who has taken up winter residence in the march this year.  Learn how the tidal waters serve as nature’s filter.
Did you know you can rent a lighthouse cottage for a vacation? While you’re at the museum, check out Drum Point Lighthouse at the waterfront and the Cove Point Lighthouse, which has been fully renovated to provide a one-of-a-kind vacation from the tried and true! The 2 ½ story keeper’s duplex now houses two rental units – each with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and all of the comforts of home (including wifi). The interior is decorated with a mix of old detailed features, archival photographs and locally built furnishings along with new heat and air conditioning, washers and dryers and beautiful landscaped grounds. Proceeds support the museum’s ongoing care.
Don’t miss the adjacent Wood Carving Shop, Small Craft Shed, Library and the nearby Lore Oyster House with its exhibits celebrating all aspects of oyster life on the Bay. A gamut of events keeps the calendar busy at the Museum. Check out the Calendar of Events for lectures on paleontology and environmental subjects, special programs for all ages (from “Sea Squirts” for children to “Road Scholars” for seniors!), as well as “First Free Fridays” and the PNC Waterside Music Series.
There is no room for winter doldrums in Southern Maryland so check out the Calvert Marine Museum at their website http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.