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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 tribes 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," meaning "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.

Upcoming Events

"Working on the Water" Talk and Book Signing - November 17, at 7 PM.

For all upcoming events, please check our Calendar.


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Now Open - Our Environmental Center

Please read more here.



Improved Exhibit - 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!



Coming Soon - New Steamship Exhibit


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

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!



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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