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About CAMM

Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

American Alliance of Museums Survey

AAM is currently fielding a survey of people in the museum field to better understand their needs. The responses to this survey will be used to help inform our strategic planning process and we want to ensure your members and followers voices are heard as well! Please share this survey across your newsletter, website and social media. The survey can be found here and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Of those who complete the survey, two participants will be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card to, where your purchase supports an independent bookstore of your choice. The survey closes May 21.

Free Fishing Fridays return to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

On Fridays from now through June 18, families are invited to join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Rising Tide Program for afternoons of FREE fishing off CBMM’s docks.

Both fishing gear and waterfront access are available for participants in Free Fishing Fridays, from 3:30–5:30pm. Individual fishing licenses are not needed, but parental supervision is required for anyone 8-years-old or younger.

“Since 2015, Rising Tide has provided a welcoming, relaxed environment for students in grades six–nine to learn hands-on skills through after school and summer programming,” said Youth Programs Coordinator Nina Graham. “Our Fishing Fridays are just one more way to reach those students and to help keep them engaged with the Bay. We’re always thrilled to be able to provide opportunities like this to expand access to the waterfront for those who may not have it otherwise.”

Registration is required by emailing To learn more about CBMM’s Rising Tide Program, which offers both after-school programming and summer camps, visit

The Peabody Essex Museum invites you to the virtual opening of In American Waters

PEM’s Board of Trustees and the East India Marine Associates invite you to celebrate the opening of In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting. Go behind the scenes with exhibition Co-Curator Daniel Finamore, PEM’s Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, as he highlights key works and themes and answers questions from guests.RSVP TODAY!

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate via Zoom. For more information or technical questions, please email Lauren Fairweather at

Two American Association for State and Local History conferences in 2021

Building on the reach and success of last year’s online Annual Meeting, AASLH will have two conferences in the fall, each with distinct experiences. The AASLH/Arkansas Museums Association 2021 Annual Meeting will be held in person in Little Rock, Arkansas, September 22–25. The AASLH 2021 Online Conference will be held October 12–15. The theme of both conferences is Doing History/Doing Justice. Read more.

Christening of Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower at Door County Maritime Museum

Please join the Board of Directors of the Door County Maritime Museum on Saturday, May 22nd at 11am  to celebrate the opening of Sturgeon Bay’s newest landmark! 

Rising on the Sturgeon Bay waterfront, the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower stands as a one-of-a-kind landmark that will leave a legacy of maritime history that will also educate and entertain generations to come. The views from inside the Tower’s 10th floor Working Waterfront exhibit and the rooftop Baumgartner Observation Deck offer an unparalleled panorama spanning the entire historic working waterfront, from the waters of Green Bay to the Sturgeon Bay shipping canal.

The Christening event will take place in the DCMM parking lot and is open to the public. We ask that you keep a respectful distance from folks not in your group, and wear a face mask when inside the Museum.

More than 300 individual, family, corporate and foundation donors have contributed a total of $5.8 Million to the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower $7.2 Million construction capital campaign. This includes $1 Million from the George F. Kress Foundation and a $250,000 Community Development Investment grant from the State of Wisconsin’s Economic Development Corporation

Hull Lifesaving Museum – Point Allerton Station welcomes drop-in visitors

Opening Saturday, May 8, 2021. The museum has remained open on a limited basis throughout the Covid pandemic by “reservation only” and now with easing of government restrictions we will be formally open to all visitors beginning Saturday, May 8, 2021 with no reservation required. Our museum and exhibits will be open 7 days a week so come on by for a visit and say hello. Safety protocols will remain in place. We welcome one and all. Please check our website for hours and admission or call us at 781-925-5433.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum re-opening on May 22!

 We are excited to announce that we will be re-opening for the 2021 season, for free!

The Museum will open on May 22 and we will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 17. We’ll be all outside for 2021, with new outdoor exhibits about Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, aquatic invasive species and other threats to the lake, and more. The replica schooner Lois McClure will be docked right here at the Museum and open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays, weather and water level permitting, and the replica Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia II will be on display on the hard on the Museum green. 

Click here to read our full 2021 season announcement and mark your calendars!

The #AAM2021 Program is Now Available!

The #AAM2021 program is packed with sessions covering topics from unconventional audience engagement initiatives to tackling climate change in exhibitions to the role of volunteer docents in social justice. With over 80 concurrent sessions, you are bound to leave #AAM2021 inspired and ready to take action at your museum. 

All sessions will be recorded, and you will receive a notification when you can access them. So, pick the session you most want to attend and know you can access other session recordings later and at your convenience.

Don’t miss the chance to connect with thousands of museum professionals from all over the world at the field’s largest event.

Hurry to register—space in the #AAM2021 Opening Event with The Second City is filling up fast!View the program

Penobscot Marine Museum opens for visitors Memorial Day Weekend

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, we are happy to welcome visitors to our campus! The Museum Store will be open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm. For those wishing to visit the rest of the museum, we will offer guided walking tours and family field trips. Tours will be available 7 days a week, pre-registration is encouraged. We will accept same-day reservations and walk-ins, subject to availability. Tours are $25 per household, up to 10 people. Book your tour todayStandard Walking Tours

  • Tours last around 45 minutes.
  • Staff-led tours make 7 stops outside buildings throughout the museum campus plus allow time for participants to explore our boat barns and the “Gone Fishing” exhibit.
  • All ages are welcome and child-friendly tours are available.
  • Tours explore the history of Maine through specific stories relating to Searsport and Penobscot Bay.

Family Field Trips

  • Tours last up to 60 minutes.
  • Each child receives a kit with everything they will need for their visit.
  • A fun way to learn about life at sea, Maine boats, and Maine fisheries, activity topics include signal flags, boat bingo, compasses, and more! 
  • PMM staff will guide your family through your visit including activity instruction and time to explore the boat barns and the “Gone Fishing” exhibit.
  • Ideal for ages 6-12, all ages are welcome. 
  • Family field trips are available through the end of June and are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. 

Planning your summer’s travels? Book your tour today. For more information on tours, please contact Jeana Ganskop at  Starting July 1st, we will begin offering self-guided museum visits. For more information please visit our website.

Door County Maritime Museum opens for the season

Door County Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that the tugboat John Purves in Sturgeon Bay, the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, and the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor are all open for the 2021 season as of Saturday, May 1st.

Built in 1919 as the Butterfield, ​​​​​​​the John Purves has been painstakingly restored and outfitted to take visitors back to the days when she was dressed in Roen Steamship Company colors. The Death’s Door Maritime Museum celebrates the area’s commercial fishing tradition. Cana Island is Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, celebrating more than 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan. All DCMM locations are open seven days a week; see below for hours of operation.