Visitor Accessibility

Accessibility for Visitors

The Calvert Marine Museum welcomes all visitors to enjoy our exhibits, animals, and programming. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please call us at (410) 326-2042, ext. 8042.

Building Accessibility

The Calvert Marine Museum buildings are accessible to visitors with limited mobility, with the exception of the historic Drum Point Lighthouse. Patrons are welcome to use mobility devices such as wheelchairs and motorized scooters when visiting. A virtual tour is available at the base of the Drum Point Lighthouse for patrons who have difficulty navigating stairs. 

Wheelchair Use

Guests are invited to use their personal manual or motorized wheelchair inside the museum and on the boardwalk. For guests preparing to enjoy a river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison, the boat dock is accessible for manual wheelchairs. With advance notice, the captain and crew are happy to assist anyone needing to transfer from a wheelchair and onto the vessel for the cruise.

Wheelchairs Available

The Calvert Marine Museum has a limited number of manual wheelchairs for visitors to borrow during their visit, free-of-charge. These wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. Ask the clerk at the Admissions Desk about availability. Patrons may bring their own mobility devices (including manual and motorized wheelchairs and scooters) to our museum.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available for our guests with disabilities near the Exhibition Building.

Service Animals

The Calvert Marine Museum welcomes service animals as defined in Title II of the ADA that are trained to assist guests with disabilities. Per the ADA, "A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to work or perform task(s) for a person with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.” Therapy, comfort, emotional support, and companion animals are not permitted in museum buildings.

Service animals must always remain under the control of the owner or handler while in museum buildings and on museum grounds. If a service animal is out of control or poses a direct threat to the health or safety of staff, guests, or animals in the museum collection, we may require the service animal be removed from the premises.

Sign Language Interpretation 

Interpretation services for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing is available upon request for public programs and scheduled tours with a minimum of two-weeks advance notice. To request this service, please call 410-326-2042, ext. 8085.

Admission for Guests with Disabilities

There are no special admission rates for guests with disabilities. Organizations that support people with disabilities may qualify for group rates if they arrange for a group visit in advance. Call our Group & Visitor Services Coordinator at 410-326-2042, ext. 8083.

We are proud to offer our popular Night at the Museum for Friends with Disabilities (NATM) event, in cooperation with Calvert County Parks & Recreation – Therapeutic Recreation Services. The Calvert Marine Museum and grounds open exclusively for all guests with disabilities and their families, friends, or caregivers to explore in a relaxed atmosphere. The Museum Store is open for shopping and 30-minute cruises are offered on the Wm. B. Tennison. This free event is held on a Friday evening, from 5 – 7 p.m., in May and September. Check our calendar for dates.

Quieter Times for Visitation

Visitation varies, depending on field trips, holidays, school breaks, weather, and other factors; however, the Calvert Marine Museum is generally busier May - October. Sound levels in the museum also vary depending on the time of day, time of year, and scheduled programming. Visitors are welcome to bring noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs with them on their visit if they choose. 

Website Accessibility

The Website Accessibility page of our website provides information on accessibility design guidelines, browser accessibility information, additional plug-ins, and supported assistive technology

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