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Waterman's Museum SignLocated on the Yorktown, Virginia waterfront just upriver from the Riverwalk shopping and dining area, the Watermen’s Museum is the perfect addition to your Historic Triangle visit.

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 exhibits depicting  military and civilian water craft and activities, crafts and methods of their trade, and a look into the lives of the people that have worked and fought on the water.

The Watermen’s Museum offers school and civic groups 13 different educational field trips and we conduct summer children’s programs in Archaeology, Boatbuilding, Environmental Explorer, 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.  During events, we also demonstrate activities such as metal forging and blacksmithing, glass artwork and bottle making, pottery, and many more.

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 annually been voted Peninsula Gold and Silver for our Summer Camps by Coastal Virginia Magazine for many years, 2018 Best Small Museum by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and 2019 and 2020 Best Wedding Venue by Virginia Living Magazine.  Come by for a visit, browse our site, or contact us for more details on any of our program and rental offerings.

To learn more about us before you visit, watch this YouTube Video About Our Museum (Courtesy WMBG Radio) or this YouTube Showing some Interior Exhibits (Courtesy WMBG Radio)

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

March 31 through December 23, 2020

Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM – 5 PM, Closed Mondays (Except some Monday Holidays)

Seasonal Grand Re-Opening for 2020 will be June 10 2020 Due to Governor Northam’s Executive Order for COVID-19 Closure of Museums statewide.

Limited use of beach and piers by member families is possible by pre-coordination with admin@watermens.org

December 24, 2020 through April 1, 2021

Closed – Except for Special Events and Scheduled Tours

Museum Admission

Members, Active Duty Military, First Responders, and School Teachers – FREE

Adults – $5

Seniors (62+) and Students – $4

Groups of 10 or more – $4

Under 6 – Free

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Our Museum is a small organization doing great big things.  But, we need your help.  Your donations help us teach many more children and adults about the Maritime history surrounding the Virginia Indians, Yorktown as a major colonial port, the Battle of Yorktown and the on-going rediscovery of the Cornwallis Fleet shipwrecks, the American Civil War, and more.  Kids also learn first-hand about Environmental Stewardship, the seafood bounty of the Chesapeake Bay, and the role commercial Watermen have played in harvesting and guarding the Bay.  Please help us through a small donation.

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The Watermen’s Museum has a nondiscrimination policy that the organization, our staff, and our working volunteers will not, by policy or practice, discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability,  marital or military status, or based on any individual’s status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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