The Museum

The Steamboat Era Museum opened its doors in 2004. It tells the story of the steamboats and how they altered the lives of everyone along the Chesapeake Bay.

The steamboats provided an economic lifeline. The cities of Norfolk and, more predominately, Baltimore acted as gateways to the world beyond. The cities provided the markets, the towns provided the goods, and the steamboats provided a means to both.

The era is brought to life with models, artifacts, photos . Here you can step back into time; a romantic time full of adventure, splendor and prosperity.

WARNING! The museum will be dusty and messy, but informative and fun as we prepare for the fall arrival of the Potomac Pilothouse.

Have you seen our gift shop? We have items for all ages!

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