Our Mission

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."

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 1600s,

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 Post Road, and commented that it was a charming "Havre de Grace" -

which means "Harbor of Grace" in French, and is a namesake of the French port town of

Le Havre.

We would like to invite you to explore all that we have to offer, from history lectures

and classes on boating and fishing to our many concerts and environmental programs.




Educational Boat Tour of the Susquehanna Flats - June 25, at 10am & 11:30am.

Suddenly in Command Course - July 9, from 9am - noon.

Environmental Center Summer Workshops - June & July, three sessions total.

Summer Concert Series - Wednesdays from June thru August, 7-9pm.

Kids' Summer Story Time - Thursdays at 10:15am throughout July.


For all upcoming events, please check our Calendar.


New Admission

Effective beginning January 1, 2016:

Admission will be $3.00 per person and $7.00 per family.

(Members get free admission.)

As always, please remember that children under age 16

must be accompanied by an adult.




Our Environmental Center

Please read more here.


Nun Buoy

We have improved our nun buoy exhibit - it now has a fresh coat of paint, and is installed in a stand to display it better.

We would like to extend a big thank you to the many volunteers who helped out with this project, to Mr. Chris Scarlato for assisting with the heavy lift crane, and to Maryland Portable Concrete and Butz & Sons Concrete. Everyone did a wonderful job, and we all agree it looks so much better now. Read more about it in our Winter Newsletter!





We are in the process of building an exhibit in our main gallery about the steamship The City of Norfolk... Read all about it in our Summer Newsletter!

We have also recently added signage to two of our outdoor exhibits, the fog bell and the shad shack.



In the News

In the August issue of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, an article all about our upcoming Environmental Center appeared on pg. 22.

The Museum and our finished Sharpie boat were featured in APG News!

HdG selected as one of Smithsonian Magazine's '20 Best Small Towns'

PennLive writer takes a trip to HdG and the Maritime Museum

Holding an Event at the Museum

Our indoor and outdoor spaces are available for your next event. Please peruse the Facility Rental Agreement for more details, and please contact us well before your event to ensure that we will be able to accommodate your needs!

Support the Chesapeake Bay Heritage!

We always appreciate donations so we can continue to develop our exhibits and programs.

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Please Note

The Museum will be closed and scheduled events canceled for inclement weather (e.g. hurricanes and snow/ice storms). Please call ahead for a recorded voicemail.



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