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Calvert Marine Museum to reopen May 3

After years of planning, fundraising and months of construction, the Calvert Marine Museum is reopening its doors Saturday, May 3. As the opening coincides with the Solomons Maritime Festival, it is also free admission for everyone!

This $2 million renovation gives the museum a bright new look. Guests are greeted by the admission’s clerk seated at a new admission/information desk. Alongside the desk hangs an acrylic panel showing image projections of upcoming museum events and activities. Behind the desk sits a new 20-seat orientation theatre. New tile flooring and new lighting and new windows combine to give the visitor the impression of an exciting and dynamic space.

In place of the fixed seat auditorium is the new Harms Gallery complete with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and an events kitchen making it a perfect setting for both museum events and outside groups looking for an unusual venue. This new flexible space can be used for lectures, meeting, and performances as the auditorium was, but the Harms Gallery can also accommodate large groups, traveling exhibits, school programs, and changing exhibits.

The Museum Store has been enlarged with glass walls that merge into the lobby, elegant new furnishings, and lots of new merchandise. Our friendly staff will welcome guests to see the range of new jewelry, clothing, home décor, books and more to please all tastes and styles. Many items are made in America.

This is the first phase of a two-phase renovation project outlined in the museum’s 2008 master plan. The architectural design is by G.W.W.O. Architects of Baltimore, and Desbuild, Inc. of Hyattsville is the contractor. The total cost of the project is $2.135 million dollars. The project was funded with $1 million from Calvert County Government and $821,000 raised by the Calvert Marine Museum from private donations. The state of Maryland provided $250,000 through a state bond bill and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Authority gave a grant of $40,000 for the conceptual design.

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