Our mission is to demonstrate the role Chesapeake Bay Watermen, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation. We provide a historical display of exhibits, crafts and methods of their trade, and a look into their lives.
The Watermen’s Museum offers school and civic groups 13 different educational field trips and we conduct 8 summer children’s programs in Archaeology, Boatbuilding, Nature Explorer, Marine Explorer, All-About-Boats, Maritime Trades, Survivor Yorktown, and Pirate topics. We also have a volunteer team that operates our Chesapeake Bay boat building program, constructing and refurbishing boats in our Boat Shop, and a boat modeler that works in our main gallery.
Our great little Gift Shop carries a variety of nautically-themed jewelry, books, T-shirts, hats, home and office decor and much more. The Museum also offers rentals of its Carriage House, Events Tent and Deck, and our private Beachfront for corporate and private special events, weddings and receptions.
We’ve been voted 2018 Peninsula Gold for our Summer Camps by Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2018 Best Small Museum by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and 2019 Best Wedding Venue by Coastal Virginia Magazine. Come by for a visit, browse our site, or contact us for more details on any of our program and rental offerings.
And, If you are fortunate enough to arrive at the right time, you could see a ship-to-shore cannon battle like this Schooners and Land Battery Exchange Fire (Courtesy York River Sailing Charters)
Hours of Operation
April 2 through December 22, 2019
Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays (Except some Monday Holidays)
Seasonal Grand Re-Opening is April 2, 2019
December 23 through March 31, 2020
Closed – Except for Special Events and Scheduled Tours
Members and Active Duty Military – FREE
Adults – $5
Seniors and Students – $4
Under 6 – Free