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Update for 7/3/2020: CAMM Museums Openings

An update to last week’s listings:

Penobscot Marine Museum, Camden, ME

Guided campus walking tours Tuesdays & Saturdays

Many museums also have online exhibits. The most recent to open, Women at the Helm!, is at:

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT

A more complete list of accessible online exhibits is on the CAMM website:

Member Maritime Museums Now Open to Visitors

The following CAMM member museums are now open for visitation, so take advantage of these opportunities. Please refer to their websites for additional information on appropriate necessary safety precautions and any limitations on access. This list will be updated regularly.

Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY

Bayshore Center at Bivalve, NJ

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – opening June 29

Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, OR

Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Madisonville, LA

Legacy of the Lakes Museum, Alexandria, MN

Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville, NY – opening July 5

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA – opening July 1

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS – opening July 1

Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven, MI

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT

National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, OH

New Hampshire Boat Museum, Wolfeboro Falls, NH – opening July 1

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah, GA

South Carolina Maritime Museum, Georgetown, SC

South Street Seaport, New York, NY

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, St. Augustine, FL

Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton, NJ

Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver, BC

Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI

Mallows Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA is now accepting applications for the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, to advise NOAA on the sanctuary management plan and will serve as a liaison between NOAA and the community. Applications will be accepted through July 1, and materials for voting seats are available here.

NOAA is currently recruiting for all 15 voting seats and 15 alternate seats from each of the following interests:

  • Maritime Archaeology and History (2 members, 2 alternates)

  • Cultural Heritage (1 member, 1 alternate)

  • Recreation (2 members, 2 alternates)

  • Business and Economic Development (2 members, 2 alternates)

  • Tourism and Marketing (1 member, 1 alternate)

  • Education (2 members, 2 alternates)

  • Research, Science and Technology (1 member, 1 alternate)

  • Recreational Fishing (1 member, 1 alternate)

  • Commercial Fishing (1 member, 1 alternate)

  • Citizen At-Large (2 members, 2 alternates)

In addition, we are seeking a member of the community, age 14-17 at the time of application, who will sit in a youth seat on the council as a non-voting member. Non-voting members will represent Charles County, MD Department of Planning, MD Department of Natural Resources, Department of Navy / Department of Defense, US Coast Guard, State of Virginia, Piscataway Conoy Tribe (Maryland), Piscataway Indian Nation (Maryland), and the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia.

MARAD and National Maritime Day

Joining us for National Maritime Day? Help us get the word out!

On Friday, May 22, no later than 1:00 p.m. EDT, use the hashtag #NationalMaritimeDay on your social media posts to join the conversation.  National Maritime Day is an opportunity to thank our nation’s maritime industry and commemorate merchant mariners lost in war, while creating a broader awareness of nation’s waterborne transportation system and its workers.

 Not sure what to post? We have some ideas below!

  • Tweet a photo or video of U.S. merchant mariners, cadets and midshipmen, or maritime industry workers
  • Tweet a photo or video that highlights the U.S. maritime industry (i.e. small shipyards, ports, inland waterways)
  • Retweet industry posts (i.e. shipyards, ports, U.S.-flag carriers etc.)
  • Retweet Maritime Administration (MARAD) posts from @DOTMARAD
  • Tweet a photo of YOU (and your brother, aunt, neighbor…) holding a sign with the hashtag #NationalMaritimeDay

And remember to join us for the National Maritime Day ceremony this Friday, May 22 at 10:30 A.M. at

2021 CAMM Conference and Annual Meeting

The Council of American Maritime Museums plans to hold its conference and annual meeting April 26-28, 2021 at the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia. These plans have been made with the anticipation that international travel and large gatherings will be permitted. More information about the conference program will be released in the coming months. The CAMM Board and the staff of the Vancouver Maritime Museum will continue to monitor and adhere to current directives while they work to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all in 2021.

Conference information will be updated on the CAMM website at


New online features at Peabody Essex Museum

-The most recent episode of the PEMCast, our award-winning podcast, features curator Dan Finamore and explores what maritime art and history can teach us about quarantine. Please to take a listen by finding the PEMcast on your favorite podcasting app or by streaming it at the following link:
-During PEM’s closure, PEM has created 360-degree virtual tours of our galleries, including our new Maritime Art Gallery which is available here: and
-PEM’s associate curator, George Schwartz, has just published a book, Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum, which focuses on the origins of PEM and its deep maritime roots:
-We have also published several stories about PEM’s maritime collection that you are welcome to reprint or link to:

Island Life opens as a virtual exhibition at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Originally planned for display in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium, a new exhibition featuring the works of Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming will be presented to the public virtually starting Monday, May 18. Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be found online at

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring CBMM into your homes through this virtual exhibition,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re in the process of shifting to more and more virtual offerings at this time and look forward to finding additional ways to deliver Chesapeake Bay content to our guests in the months to come.”

Fleming’s photographs reveal how the changing environment is affecting the cultures and shorelines of inhabited and formerly inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay. He discovered his passion for photography upon inheriting a hand-me-down Nikon film camera at age 13 from his father, Kevin, a former National Geographic photographer. Fleming immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the lens of his camera, and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as a professional photographer. His first book, Working the Water—a photographic narrative of the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry—is in its third printing and his next book, Island Life—around which this exhibition is based—is expected to be released in the fall of 2021.

“Jay Fleming is a consummate visual storyteller,” said Jenifer Dolde, CBMM’s Associate Curator of Collections. “His frequent visits to the islands and shorelines along the Bay have resulted in an intimate knowledge of the land and people, allowing him to capture moments in time that encapsulate our distinctive Chesapeake landscape and culture.”

Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be viewed online admission-free for your comfort and convenienceThe exhibition is possible by generous contributions to CBMM’s Annual Fund, which supports everything from education and boatbuilding programs to interactive exhibitions and more than 75,000 irreplaceable objects in CBMM’s collection. If you wish to give to the Annual Fund, please visit


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevance, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.