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Otter Lending a Hand


The Calvert Marine Museum sent me a cute picture of their otter mascot taking a sledge hammer to a wall to showcase their new renovation. Due to the extraordinary growth of both the museum’s educational programs and the number of events taking place inside the museum, they are expanding their facilities.

Over the last 40 years, the Calvert Marine Museum has grown from a modest community-based operation created to preserve and celebrate Solomon’s history to a premier educational facility serving a regional and national audience. Since opening in 1970, nearly two million visitors have visited the museum, and they expect another million during the next ten years.

The museum and Museum Store are open and will remain so until January 1, 2014. The renovation is estimated to be completed in March 2014.

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Sleeping with Sharks in MD

Photo Courtesy of Calvert Marine Museum

Photo Courtesy of Calvert Marine Museum

Okay, I admit I’m not fond of the dark. I’ve never been fond of the dark. Things with big scary teeth live in the dark. The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) proves this for all time by letting guests “sleep” beneath the jaws of a giant Megalodon Shark. That’s pretty much guaranteed to give me exciting dreams!

Designed for groups of 10 to 20 participants, a CMM overnight invites guests to experience the  museum after hours and behind the scenes. The adventure begins Saturday nights, when guests enjoy as pizza dinner, a special program, behind-the-scenes activities, a movie, and a continental breakfast. Admission to the museum is included, so you can tour the exhibits during normal visiting hours on Saturday prior to the 5:00 p.m. check-in. The overnight ends Sunday morning after breakfast.

Overnight adventures are a unique treat for special birthdays, scout troops, church youth groups, or anyone who is looking for a great way to build camaraderie while learning about the area’s cultural and natural history. Museum educators are happy to craft a program that best meets your group’s interests and needs. Girl Scout groups can even earn special interest badges.

To schedule a museum overnight, call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to reserve your date. The Group Services Coordinator will work with you to ensure your overnight experience at the Calvert Marine Museum is exactly what you are looking for. There is a non-refundable $25 program fee due upon booking. For open dates and theme ideas, visit the website.


14200 Solomons Island Road

Solomons, MD 20688

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Start of marathon race at Capt. Sam’s, Bushwood, MD – 1970
(courtesy, David Nelson and CalvertMarineMuseum).

Traci Cimini of the Calvert Marine Museum Society sent word that The Calvert Marine Museum is documenting the history of outboard power boat racing for a new exhibit in 2013 and would like to hear from you. Outboard power boat racing was one of the largest and most popular spectator sports in Southern Maryland after World War II.  Thousands of fans flocked to venues like Capt. Sam’s in Bushwood, Abell’s Wharf in Leonardtown, and Swann’s Pier in Piney Point.  Most racers were members of the Southern Maryland Boat Club.

The Calvert Marine Museum is interviewing former racers and gathering photographs and memorabilia for the new exhibit on display in 2013.  A reunion of former racers and family members is planned for June of the same year.  If you have information that you would like to share and can help, please contact Robert Hurry at 410 326-2042 ext. 35 or email at

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Photo courtesy of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with the Calvert Marine Museum to exhibit a unique cannon from the oyster wars in the lobby now through September 30, 2012. The original cannon was acquired by DNR and used by the Maryland State Oyster Police Force to control the oyster harvest in the Chesapeake Bay in the 1900s. Gregory Bartles, Lieutenant Commander of Area 8 and Agency Historian was instrumental in securing the cannon and seeing that it is made accessible to the public. He will give a talk on Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Admission is FREE.

“This cannon is not only a terrific piece of Maryland history, but a representation of our State’s commitment to protecting our valuable natural resources,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “We are honored to preserve this great artifact for the enjoyment of future generations of Marylanders.”

Acquired in 1868 by Hunter Davidson, the first Commander of the Maryland State Oyster Police Force, the cannon was first installed on the original steam-powered patrol boat of Maryland’s “Oyster Navy,” the Leila. In 1884, this ship was replaced by the Governor R.M. McLane, which fought many spectacular battles against oyster pirates. The McLane was equipped with a 12-pound Dahlgreen boat howitzer in 1888. While accounts are not definitive, authorities believe that this short barreled gun may have been the original cannon from the Leila

For more information about the history of the cannon and the oyster wars, visit

The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Museum members and children under 5 are always admitted free. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and military with valid I.D., and $2.00 for children ages 5 – 12.  For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042.

CalvertMarineMuseum Society

Solomons, MD

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Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship of Delaware, Visits Solomons Island

Photo by Andrew Hanna

The Calvert Marine Museum is hosting the Kalmar Nyckel, The Tall Ship of Delaware, on June 22 – 24 in Solomons, Maryland. This queen of the tall ship fleet will offer public sails and tours.

The Kalmar Nyckel is an authentic re-creation of a 17th century Dutch built vessel, one of America’s pioneering “Tall Ships” that brought some of the earliest permanent settlers to the colonies. The ship’s historical accuracy reflects the sailing methodology of the early 1600’s, which passengers can experience for themselves.  The ship has 8 sails, 8 miles of rigging, and a crew of dedicated volunteer sailors to make the trip exciting for all. 

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638, leaving her passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, at Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. Because of her historical accuracy, Kalmar Nyckel was featured last year in National Geographic Television’s “Return of the Ghost Ship,” which aired in 124 countries around the world.   This documentary explored a “ghost ship” from the 1630’s found intact at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. 

The Kalmar Nyckel will dock at Watermen’s Wharf, Solomons, located next to the Chesapeake Biological Lab Visitors Center and will offer pirate sails on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and sunset sails from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Kalmar Nyckel will host free ship tours open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and a pirate sail from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. All sails are $60 for adults and $40 for ages 17 and younger. For tickets and more information, please contact the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation office at (302) 429-7447 (toll free at 866-659-7447) or 

Calvert Marine Museum

Solomons, MD

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“Photo Courtesy of CMM”

Your chance is NOW to build a 16-foot wooden canoe! The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) and Patuxent Small Craft Guild are scheduling requests for the “Build a Boat by Appointment” program. Invite your family and friends to join in the fun and choose two consecutive Saturdays or any two days of your choice. Hours of class are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No experience necessary.

With simple hand tools and guidance from experienced instructors, your canoe and paddles will be assembled and ready to paint at the end of the second day. A fee of $600.00 for Calvert Marine Museum members and $650 for non-members includes all materials necessary to complete one canoe and two paddles. Youth groups and children ten years and up are welcome in the company of an adult.

“Photo Courtesy of CMM”

The Calvert Marine Museum offers a similar class in building a 12-foot rowing skiff. The cost for the skiff is $950.00 for members and $1,000.00 for non-members. A sailing version, including sail, spars, daggerboard, and rudder is an option for an additional $800.00.

For more information, details, and scheduling, please contact George Surgent at 410-586-2700 or For more information about events and programs at the Calvert Marine Museum: