Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is situated where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay. It tells the story of this region’s rich maritime heritage. Teeming with numerous species of flora and fauna and having highly navigable waters, this unique environmental setting has been the perfect backdrop for generations of inhabitants- from the earliest Native Americans over 10,000 years ago, to the first European colonists in the 1600’s, to today’s thriving community of the 21st century.  In 1782, the Marquis de Lafayette is said to have looked down over the town as he rode along the Post Road and commented that it was a charming “Havre de Grace”. (Pronounced "Haver-dee-Grayce"). Our mission is "To Collect, Document, Preserve, and Interpret the maritime skills and cultural heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and Upper Chesapeake Bay region.

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Hours

Spring & Summer (April 1st - October 14th):
Wed. thru Sat. from 10AM-5PM, and on Sun. from 1-5PM.

Fall & Winter (October 15th - March 31st):
Sat. from 10AM-5PM, and on Sun. from 1-5PM.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

$3.00 per person

$7.00 per family
$2.00 military discount, with proper ID.

History

On December 28, 1987, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was officially incorporated and sanctioned by the state of Maryland in Harford County. The founding members include Charles E. Carter, John F. Carroll, Eldon duPont Homsey, Robert L. McVey, Andrew A. Thompson and Josiah V. Thompson.

In 1988, a historically-minded group of local citizens founded the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum as a private, nonprofit, educational institution. They recognized that the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Lower Susquehanna River and the Upper Chesapeake Bay was fast disappearing. The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was established to help protect these maritime traditions for future generations. The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is located in Harford County Maryland, but we are within close proximity to Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, New York and New Jersey

Activities

Havre De Grace Maritime Museum offers guided and self-guided tours.  It contains hands-on children's displays, curriculum-based school tours, children's reading program and permanent and changing exhibits on maritime history and Native Americans.  The Museum has a lecture series as well as workshops on fishing and boating.

Facilities

Tourist information and gift shop on site featuring local and regional items, collectibles, children's educational items and books.  Site is accessible to town boardwalk and overlooks the Bay.

Accessibility

The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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