On Monday, June 29, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will reopen its St. Michaels, Md. campus exclusively to members from 9am-5pm. General admission resumes on Tuesday, June 30.

“We appreciate the support from our members and guests who continue to share their CBMM memories and welcome us into their homes with our new virtual programming,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “All of our guests have a very special connection to CBMM, and we are delighted to invite them to access in person our interpretive educational exhibitions and vast open spaces.”

CBMM has been closed since March 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the reopening of CBMM’s Shipyard, Museum Store, and Members Only Marina, CBMM has deliberately phased in its approach for the health and comfort of its guests. During CBMM’s closure, all staff have been trained on updated policies and procedures in response to COVID-19. Plexiglas® sneeze guards have been installed at point of sale stations in the Welcome Center and Museum Store to protect guests and staff during contactless transactions. Signage and floor markers have been positioned around campus to direct traffic flow, create appropriate distancing, and eliminate areas of congestion.

Everyone on campus is expected to follow the Town of St. Michaels ordinance to maintain a minimum six feet of physical distance from others and wear facial coverings both inside and outside of buildings.

“Our top priority is to provide a comfortable environment for our members, guests, staff, and the community,” said Greenaway. “We are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we request that everyone visiting CBMM does their part as well.”

For membership contactless entry, please renew or purchase memberships online by visiting cbmm.org/membership. Additional information on CBMM’s enhanced health and comfort measures and operational changes for reopening can be found at welcome.cbmm.org.

CBMM’s 18-acres of wide-open space provides a park-like atmosphere for all to enjoy with ample outdoor seating, beautifully landscaped gardens, and serene waterfront views. Learn about the Chesapeake Bay’s history, traditions, and culture with our working Shipyard, floating fleet of historic vessels, and outdoor exhibitions, all situated along the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor. Outdoor exhibitions include the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse (limited to first floor), Tolchester Beach Bandstand, Living Shoreline, and Watermen’s Wharf.

CBMM Membership plays a critical role in supporting CBMM’s mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a CBMM member, please visit cbmm.org/membership