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The Calvert Marine Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are able to preselect an entry time for their visit. Once you enter the museum, stay for as long as you like.
The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store are closed New Years’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We also close at 3 p.m. on Waterside Concert days for concert preparation. All closings are listed on our Calendar of Events and Plan Your Visit pages.
You can purchase tickets for the Wm. B. Tennison, online, up to 24 hours in advance of a cruise. Each day at 2 p.m., you will no longer be able to purchase tickets online for the following day. You can purchase tickets in person at the Admissions Desk in the lobby of the Calvert Marine Museum, the day of the cruise, while space is available. The Tennison accommodates 40 passengers and the tickets are first-come-first-served. If you want to check to see how many tickets are still available before driving to the museum, call 410-326-2042, ext. 8068 and ask the Admissions Desk Clerk. They will gladly help you.
The Tennison cruises are at 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, May through the end of October.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Yes! Otters love cold weather, so even though you may want to stay inside, they can still be found frolicking in the water and having fun. During the hot summer months, they always have access to a behind-the-scenes indoor area that is air conditioned in case they want to cool down.
Sorry, we do not have a restaurant or food vending machine on site. We do, however, have a conveniently located soda and water vending machine just outside of the museum. There are many wonderful restaurants in Solomons that are close by. Visit www.solomonsmaryland.com for a list of local restaurants.
Of course! Picnic tables are located on the grounds for your enjoyment and use. Some are under cover in the Corbin Nature Pavilion.
Yes! There are many wonderful restaurants in Solomons that are close by. Visit www.solomonsmaryland.com for a list of local restaurants.
Solomons is beautiful all year round and fun to explore by foot. Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk and grab an ice cream cone during the warmer months. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, May through September from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can visit the Cove Point Lighthouse, located approximately 10 minutes north of the Calvert Marine Museum. Annmarie Gardens (http://www.annmariegarden.org/) is about seven minutes away by car. They host many family programs and events throughout the year. Are you a fossil hunter? Check out our Paleontology page for recommended locations where you can put your fossil hunting skills to the test and walk away with cool fossils. You can even bring them back to the museum and ask one of the volunteers in the Paleo Prep Lab to help you identify them. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is just over the bridge in St. Mary’s County. Visit www.paxmuseum.com for more information. Visit www.Solomonsmaryland.com, www.choosecalvert.com and www.visitstmarysmd.com to search out more fun possibilities for your family trip.
Yes, there are several hotels as well as Bed & Breakfast Inns nearby. Visit www.solomonsmaryland.com and click on “Lodging and Accommodations” for options.
Only service dogs are allowed in the museum.
Yes! But please call ahead and ask for permission to make sure there is space available. For permission, call 410-326-2042, ext. 8046. If you want to dock your boat during a Waterside Concert day, call 410-326-2042, ext. 8063, in advance.
No, unfortunately there are no public beaches in Solomons. However, the boardwalk offers great views of the Patuxent River just before it empties into the Bay as you walk through Solomons. Flags Pond Park and Calvert Cliffs State Park are a little further north on Route 4 and you can hike to the beaches. Click the link below for more information and a listing of beaches in Calvert County.
Etix will email, text, or mail your tickets to 7-10 days prior to concert. Will Call tickets are available to guests on the day of the concert, beginning at 10 a.m.
Higher priced tickets are closer to the stage. Guests with Standing Room Only tickets do not have a designated seat and can stand outside the seated area.
As a Calvert Marine Museum member, you have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. The number of pre-sale tickets permitted varies depending upon your membership level.
Individual members– 4 ticketsFamily members – 6 ticketsSustaining members – 8 ticketsAssociate members – 10 ticketsPatron members – 12 ticketsBugeye Society members – preferred seating to each show with the opportunity to purchase up to 20 additional pre-sale tickets through the Development Office
To become a member, please click here or call Lisa Howard at 410-326-2042, ext. 8063.
No, all of our seating area is 'open-air' seating. There is no roof or pavilion covering the seating.
The seating accommodates 5,500 people for an outdoor concert, in addition to 1,500 Standing Room Only ticket holders. Please be aware that most people do choose to stand for the concerts and ushers will not require ticket holders to remain seated.
Yes, everyone entering the grounds for a concert needs to have a ticket. There are no discounts for children, even if they are sitting on your lap.
ADA seating is available for purchase at all ticket levels. If you have special accessibility needs, please call the museum at 410-326-2042, ext. 8063.
Concert parking is available across the street from the museum in Glascock Field for $10 per vehicle, starting at 3 p.m. RVs and buses are not allowed. Additional parking is available at Solomons public parking areas. Parking is not permitted in the parking lots of local businesses surrounding the museum. Violators will be towed.
A handicapped parking area is located in the Urgent Care Medical Building lot across from the museum's back gate for $10. We encourage guests to bring the handicapped person to the back gate on Lore Road, drop them off, and park their vehicle in the Medical lot. Parking is limited. Handicapped parking opens at 5 p.m. for Thursday and Friday concerts, and at noon for Saturday concerts.
No, lawn chairs are not permitted on site for any of the Waterside Music Series concerts at Motto Mortgage and ReMax Waterside Pavilion. *Exception: Lawn chairs will be permitted at the ABBA concert on Sunday, August 20, 2023. *
No pets are allowed on the grounds unless they are service dogs, properly identified, and under the control of their owner(s).
Yes, a food court is set up on site for your enjoyment. A variety of food vendors will serve American, BBQ, seafood, etc. Several beverage stands are also on the grounds. Soda, beer, wine, and water are available. If you plan to drink alcoholic beverages, please have your ID ready so you can receive your 21+ wristband as you enter the front or back gates. Beverage stands are cash only. ATMs will be on site.
Each performer has different restrictions on camera usage. If you would like to bring a camera, please check the Etix website the week prior to the event for camera guidelines. Typically, small personal pocket-sized cameras are permitted. Professional cameras with interchangeable lenses are not allowed. No audio or video recording is permitted.
No coolers are allowed on the grounds. This is a fundraiser for the museum, so all funds raised from beverage purchases benefit the museum and its educational programs and exhibits.
Small bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12, such as clutches, wristlets, and crossbodies will be permitted. Small clear bags that can be seen through by our security will also be permitted. All bags (despite size) are subject to search by a Sheriff's officer or museum security, who will determine if it is permitted. Exceptions to this policy will be made for all medically necessary items after proper inspection. Our gate security will use their judgement when it comes to the size of the bag and its potential contents. If there is a question, they will either ask to search your bag or for you to return your bag to the car.
No tents, alcohol or tailgating is allowed at Glascock Field. Tailgating causes concerns with underage drinking which could have implications with our liquor license. The concerts are a fundraiser for the Calvert Marine Museum and run primarily by volunteers. Trash left primarily by tailgaters in the parking area has made it difficult for us to find the help needed to clean the field after concerts.
Firearms are not allowed on the premises. If you are a law enforcement officer, you will need to be cleared by museum law enforcement and security.
Cigarette smoking is permitted 20 feet away from the seating area. There is no smoking or vaping of marijuana allowed on the premises.
All of our concerts are rain or shine events. Concerts are often held during inclement weather. Since performer is under cover, but the seats are not, the show will go on if it rains. We ask our patrons to dress appropriately, bring a raincoat, and enjoy the evening. No umbrellas will be permitted into the venue. If severe weather occurs, we will ask patrons to return to their vehicles until the severe weather has passed. In the event a show is cancelled due to weather, it is up to the performer to try to reschedule the event. If the performer is unable to reschedule, then ticket buyers may claim the purchase as a tax-deductible donation to the museum. We will not issue any refunds, even in the event of a cancellation.
There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets. Tickets are transferable, so you may give or sell your ticket to someone else.
The Waterside Music Series is a fundraiser for the museum and is sponsored annually by a variety of generous businesses and individuals. If you would like to receive additional information, please contact Bonnie Barrett at 410-326-2042 x 8065 or via email.