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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
December 24, 2020 through April 1, 2021
Closed – Except for Special Events and Scheduled Tours
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