We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
+1 410-326-2042
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Gardens and Grapes Winery Package with Lunch and Dinner
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake Bay; and learn how humans shaped and changed this region over time, working its waters for survival and profit. Visit the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses; see our outstanding small boat collection, take a ride on the Wm. B. Tennison, a log-built bugeye, and experience the Lore Oyster House, a restored oyster processing plant. Touch a horseshoe crab or Diamond Back Terrapin, see skates, rays, and small sharks cavort, and watch otters, Bubbles and Squeak, at play. Stroll the marsh walk and spy water snakes, great blue heron, osprey, and hermit crabs in their natural environment. We are a community museum, established in 1970 by local residents determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island. We are an educational museum, offering everything from the pre-school programs to Elderhostel. We are a research museum, renowned for documented discoveries in Miocene paleontology, and publications on local history based on original research. We are a relevant museum, staying in the forefront of environmental issues and offering a forum for public discourse on controversial topics. We are a partnering museum, actively pursuing opportunities such as the 1812 Grand Tactical that allows us to support and celebrate other institutions. Visit the Museum Store for jewelry, books, home decor, toys and all kinds of unique gifts for people of all ages!
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“boat ride” (19 reviews)
“all ages” (25 reviews)
14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212
+1 410-326-2042

Similar Things to Do in Solomons

Write a Review
Reviews (326)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 324 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum exceeded our expectations - very interesting exhibits throughout. We found ourselves spending more time here than we thought we would because of the quality and quantity of the exhibits. The otters were fun to watch and appeared to enjoy their habitat as well....More

Thank Brian0ntheGo
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very good museum. The paleontology part is fascinating. The historic part, with audio of the slaves recounts, agonizing. The otters, live, a must. But the cherry on the cake is the visit to the lighthouse. A building that used to be in the water,...More

Thank pietro b
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum features the natural history and people of the Chespeake Bay region, including a screw-pile lighthouse, nature walk, displays of fish and fossils, history of the bay and its people and, best of all, an otter enclosure with three playful otters that could have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really fun place to visit with great insight into the history and ecology of Southern Maryland. Otters, small aquaria, giant shark fossils, island life, boats, and the lighthouse - something for all tastes. Worth the drive and a great excuse for going...More

Thank LostPict
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the museum and my grandson had a blast. They have many hands on exhibits as well as live animals. Very cool and the people were great with kids. Well worth the time to see this museum

Thank NavyDave81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A surprising site where you can learn all you need about Chesapeake Bay from the jurasic times till today. You can also book a boat trip in an emblematic vessel over a hundred years old and still floating nicelly

Thank twingoGuatemala
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a maritime museum that has some truly fascinating displays. My favorite, though, has to be the otters! Oh, they are so cute!!!! I just wish I could pluck them up and give them hugs! I love this museum as it tells the history...More

Thank U7652VVcarolynb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a pearl in the oyster of Calvert County. Totally surprised at the quality and extent of the museum's offerings. They even have concerts! And boat trips! and OTTERS! and a kids' room!

Thank Penny B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum and lighthouse are beautifully maintained. There is a lot of history about the area and it is very hands on for children. The lighthouse is not stroller or handicap accessible. The gift shop is very nice.

Thank kschuhart
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited this museum with my parents and my kids. It was a great museum for all 3 generations! There was both historical and science things to see. The museum was well done and interesting for all ages.

Thank Amanda781
Nearby Restaurants
Lighthouse Restaurant and Dock Bar
357 reviews
1.34 km away
Hidden Harbour
21 reviews
.89 km away
Kim's Key Lime Pie and Lotus Kitchen
159 reviews
1.28 km away
CD Cafe
295 reviews
.54 km away
Nearby Attractions
"On Watch" Monument
8 reviews
.96 km away
Chesapeake Bay Charters
49 reviews
.28 km away
Spring Cove Marina
31 reviews
.38 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Brandi R
23 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from East2West50 | Reviewed this property |
Not Really . The Sting Ray Exhibit Has An Incubator With Lights To See What The "Mermaids Purse" Really Hold To See The Eggs Which Are Really Cool. The Otters Are Really Fun Too. There's Alot To See , It's Very Educational
6 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Fran F | Reviewed this property |
I'd think the best way would be to contact the museum directly. You then can react to any answers given and plan accordingly. Very friendly folks down there!