On December 28, 1988, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum was officially incorporated and sanctioned in Harford County, by the State of Maryland. A historically-minded group of local citizens founded the Maritime Museum as a private, nonprofit, educational institution.

Those founding members included Charles E. Carter, John F. Carroll, Eldon duPont Homsey, Robert L. McVey, Andrew A. Thompson, and Josiah V. Thompson.

The founders 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 primarily established to help protect these maritime traditions for future generations.

The Museum is located in downtown Historic Havre de Grace, but we are also within close proximity to Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, New York and New Jersey.