This nationally-accredited museum shares the story of Maryland's founding and traces the route of the first brave English colonists who sailed across the dangerous Atlantic Ocean in two small wooden ships, landing on St. Clement's Island in March of 1634. A 13-minute orientation film brings the story to life and includes the other interesting details of the people and events that create 370+ years of island history.
The island is now a Maryland State Park and offers areas to hike, picnic, and bird watch. A 40-foot cross stands as a memorial to the first colonists who sought religious toleration. A replica of an original lighthouse stands at the south end of the island and is often open for tours. Scenic and serene, the island is available by private boat or by taking the museum's seasonal weekend water taxi (June through August).
The museum also offers history of local watermen and the Blackistone Lighthouse. The museum store offers an array of unique gift and souvenir items with discounts for museum members. A large pier is adjacent to the museum and visitors are welcome to tie up and come by boat. The museum grounds offer a Potomac River Dory Boat Exhibit, an authentic one-room schoolhouse c. 1820, and picnic tables on the waterfront for a scenic and relaxing picnic experience. The museum, schoolhouse, and grounds are handicap accessible.
The museum offers many special events and programs throughout the year. Outreach programs and guided tours for students and adults are available by pre-arrangement. 301-769-2222. Admission is $3 adults, $2 senior citizens and military, $1.50 for students 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and under.
- American Association of Museums
- Official Designations:
- Religious Freedom National Scenic By-way Site | Southern Maryland Trails Site | Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Site
- January 2 - March 24
Saturday - Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - Friday: 12 PM to 4 PM
March 25 - September 30
Daily: 10 AM to 5 PM
Thursday - Monday: 12 PM to 4 PM
Call for special Holiday Hours
Water Taxi Hours: Weekends (June - Sept): Continuously 10AM - 12:30PM, 1PM-2PM (final trip from the museum is 2PM, final trip from the island is 3:30PM). Water taxi fee is $7 pp and includes admission to museum.
Museum & Historic Site Amenities
- Museum shop
- Accessible by Boat
- Group Tour Contact:
- Group Rate Offered
- Guided Tours for Groups Offered
- Customizable or Special Interest Tours Offered