Active-duty military admitted free to maritime museum

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., announced free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum celebrates Chesapeake Bay and its cultures through 12 exhibit buildings on 18 waterfront acres in historic St. Michaels.

Highlights of a visit include climbing and exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, interacting with real shipwrights building authentic, wooden Chesapeake boats, taking a river cruise on the buyboat Mister Jim, and engaging in numerous hands-on exhibits and family-oriented activities and events.

Two new exhibits open in April and highlight the year, including “Gunning Among Friends: Chesapeake Waterfowl Hunting Clubs,” which runs through Nov. 4, and “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats,” which runs through 2014. The three-year restoration of the historic working sailboat, the skipjack Rosie Parks, is also under way, in full public view.

To receive free admission, active-duty military personnel should show a military ID upon entry to the museum. Non-military admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 6-17, and free for younger children and museum members.

For information, call (410) 745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org.