309 Water Street
Yorktown, VA, 23690
April 1 – December 23, Tues.–Sat., 10 am–5 pm, Sunday, 1–5 pm.
Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students, Free for active military and children under 5.
There is a Gift Shop on Site
Site is Handicap Accessible
Contact: Michael Steen
Our galleries present the history of the people that make their living on the water, including Virginia Indians, European colonists, Revolutionary War through modern military sailors, professional civilian sailors of all types, and especially the commercial watermen harvesting the riches of the Chesapeake Bay. Four permanent galleries, a working Boat Shop, the Yorktown Windmill, multiple outdoor boats and exhibits, a pier, and natural beach areas help visiting students and adults experience the past through docent-led discussions, countless models of ships used on the Bay, and a myriad of school year and summer educational programs.
We’re a regional program leader in Historic Triangle, York River and Yorktown area history, ecology, and tourism programs. Our mission is to preserve the heritage of Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay, interpret their culture and contributions, provide educational opportunities, and preserve and enhance the environment of the Chesapeake Bay. We provide support to local residents and visitors through our evolving indoor and outdoor exhibits; on-property and off-site educational programs; cultural programs that include art, music, historic crafts and living history activities; and community special events (i.e. indoor and outdoor exhibits, lecture series, high teas, traditional and modern food and recreational events, and more). We are formally teamed the National Park Service (NPS) on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (CAJO) and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (CBGN).