“This renovation is not something that we’re doing hoping that people will come, the people are already here and we’re not able to accommodate them,” said Sherrod Sturrock, Deputy Director. The first step, as followed in the museum’s Master Plan, is to maximize the use of the existing facility and triple the useable space available for educational programming. The project will expand the mezzanine level to create three modern classrooms, including a wet lab and distance learning studio. The addition of the new Learning Center will enable staff to offer environmental education, summer science centers, internships for students, and teacher professional development. Transformation of the current auditorium into program and event space will provide an area for large school groups, a community space that can be subdivided for meetings or workshops, a banquet hall, or temporary exhibit space, and will continue to be used as a lecture hall and performance space. The project also redefines the lobby, creating a small orientation theatre behind the admissions desk, expanding the Museum Store, and creating an overall introduction to what the museum has to offer.
Founded in 1970 by volunteers determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island, the Calvert Marine Museum currently has 2,700 members, 250 active volunteers, and an annual visitation of approximately 70,000 people from around the world. Located near the confluence of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay, CMM is ideally situated for the interpretation of its three major themes: the maritime history of Southern Maryland; the paleontology of Calvert Cliffs; and the estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and the adjacent Chesapeake Bay. The museum is represented on the National Register of Historic Places by the Drum Point Lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, J.C. Lore Oyster House and the historic vessel Wm. B. Tennison. The J.C. Lore Oyster House and the Wm. B. Tennison are also designated as National Historic Landmarks. With over 40,000 Miocene fossils, CMM has the largest collection of marine fossils from the Miocene epoch outside of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The thirteen-tank “Estuarium” explores the ecology of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. Last year, over 20,000 children and families were served through school fieldtrips, distance learning, summer camps, Girl Scout programs, overnights, and other extracurricular programs. The Calvert Marine Museum has achieved accreditation three times and is one of only thirteen accredited museums in Maryland. This is a true demonstration of the museum’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement.
Over $320,000 has been contributed by the museum’s Board of Directors and its senior staff. Please join the Calvert Marine Museum in making this vision a reality and support the Coming of Age Campaign. Gifts and pledges will be received through June 30, 2012; construction is scheduled to begin in September 2012. For more information, or to join the growing list of supporters, please contact Vanessa Gill, Development Director, at 410-326-2042, ext. 18, or email at email@example.com.