We Are Reopening!
The Calvert Marine Museum and Museum Store reopened to the public on Friday, July 17. We look forward to welcoming back the community and have new procedures in place to keep our guests, staff, and volunteers safe.
To adhere with social distancing guidelines, the museum and store will operate at reduced capacity and implement a timed entry system. This means visitors will be able to experience their favorite exhibits while remaining 6 feet from other guests. In order to have the best experience, we are asking all guests and members to reserve their admission window ahead of time. Reservations can be made by clicking here.
The museum will resume its regular hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, however, guests will be able to preselect a two-hour time window for their visit. Session times are:
- Morning Session: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Mid-day Session: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Afternoon Session: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The museum and store will completely close between each session to allow for thorough sanitization of our indoor and outdoor spaces.
Unavailable areas – The Drum Point Lighthouse and Discovery Room will remain closed to the public for now. A CMM Exhibits Interpreter will be stationed at the base of the lighthouse to share information about this historic structure, as well as the vessels in our boat basin. To allow for physical distancing, children’s activities will take place daily in CMM’s Harms Gallery. For more information and a complete schedule, click here.
Touch experiences – The Skates & Rays exhibit area will be open with limited capacity. However, guests will not be able to touch any animals until further notice. Touch screens, found in our Paleo Hall, Estuarium, and Maritime History Gallery, have been reimagined to encourage guests to explore these areas in a whole new way.
Membership extension – During this unprecedented closure period, we have introduced a policy adjustment that will extend your membership for the number of days the museum is closed due to COVID-19. New membership cards will not be sent out, but rest assured, the extension will be reflected in your onsite file.
Making reservations – Members will continue to receive free admission. However, online reservations are required to manage limited capacity. A block of tickets will be set aside exclusively for members each day. When making your reservation, you will be prompted to enter your “Member ID.” This is the email address that is associated with your membership.
To join, or renew your membership, click here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your museum membership, please contact CMM Membership & Development Associate Lisa Howard at 410-326-2042 ext. 16 or Lisa.Howard@calvertcountymd.gov.
The Museum Store will follow the same daily hours as the museum (10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.). Guests and members are encouraged to make a reservation online, ahead of their visit. If you forget to do this online, a select number of reservation slots will be set aside for guests who just want to pop in and shop. They are available on a first come, first serve basis at the check in desk in front the museum.
Capacity – To allow for proper social distancing, only four shoppers will be allowed in the store at the same time. If you have more than four people in your family group, please let one of our team members know so we can try to accommodate your needs. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required for guests age 2 and older. If our door is closed, please wait for the shoppers ahead of you to finish. A team member will let you in as soon as we have more available space.
Curbside Pickup – For guests who aren’t quite ready to enter our facility, but still want to shop, curbside pickup will continue to be available. Call us at 410-326-2750 and we’ll be happy to help you.
SAFETY & SANITIZATION
Masks – All guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a face covering while visiting the museum. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, be secured with ties or ear loops, and fit snuggly against the face. Acceptable examples include surgical masks and cloth face masks. Guests under the age of 2 are not required to wear a face covering.
The CDC states that cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please reschedule your visit for another time. For more information from the CDC regarding face cover guidance, click here.
We understand that wearing your mask for an extended period of time can be difficult or uncomfortable (trust us, we have to do it all day!), so several outdoor “no mask zones” have been designated. Here, you and members of your party may have a seat, take a breather, and relax for a few minutes before continuing with your museum adventure. Guests are encouraged to be mindful of others who may be waiting to enter this space, as capacity will be limited.
Limited contact – Plexiglass partitions have been installed at the Admissions desk and Museum Store. If you are looking to make a purchase, touchless payment is highly encouraged. The Museum Store accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and ApplePay.
Hand sanitizer – Additional touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the museum.
Cleaning efforts – The museum and store will close in between each two-hour visitor session to allow for sanitization of all high-touch surfaces (door handles, railings, restrooms, exhibit panes, etc.). The hospital grade one-step cleaner that is being used at the museum meets OSHA and EPA standards. It is approved for institutional and industrial use as a bactericidal, virucidal, mildewcidal, and fungicidal disinfectant.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures to protect our employees and our guests from communicable diseases, including COVID-19, based on governmental recommendations. You must follow appropriate social distancing and other measures, including any posted instructions, during your visit to the Calvert Marine Museum.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in every public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.
By visiting the Calvert Marine Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks of exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep yourself and others healthy and safe by practicing safe behaviors.