From their website:
"The Calvert Marine Museum is a public, non-profit, educational, regionally oriented museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. We are dedicated to the presentation of our three themes: regional paleontology, estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay, and maritime history of these waters"
It is a really great place to visit, and if you have the chance to visit during the day you can even see their otters! There is also a lighthouse on the property that you can tour. This lighthouse, Drum Point Lighthouse was actually in use when my mom was younger. She even knew the family living there and has played inside while it was still in commission.
Okay, enough talking, here are the pictures!
touching starfish, sea urchins, turtles and hermit crabs.
more turtle touching. These little guys are TWO years old!
explaining to my mom the parts of a horseshoe crab.
watching fossils being cleaned.
watching fish. Ava kissed the tank.
Jellyfish! This display is usually so neat, with glowing jellies, but not today.
Jack took this picture of a sea horse and told me that sometimes they can camouflage themselves.
Sitting in a light house.
sitting in a boat.
They also have a sandbox full of fossils and shark teeth, and everyone is allowed to keep one fossil each. Both kids picked out shark teeth, Jack's is a tiger shark, and Ava's is a lemon shark! There is even a tank with American Bullfrog tadpoles and one of the tadpoles has it's back legs, that was really neat to see, and we learned that it takes almost 2 years for an American Bullfrog tadpole to turn into a full blown American Bullfrog. TWO years, that is crazy.
I wish I would have taken more pictures, but all I had was my phone!