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Steamboat Era in Mathews
A new exhibit opening at the museum this Spring

Model Deadrise Boat to be Raffled

MMF Director and model builder Don Good is building a 1/12 scale model deadrise work boat to be raffled off to raise funds for the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, VA. The 41" hull is expected to be completed this spring.

Ticket sales to begin in the spring. Drawing in early Fall. Follow along on Facebook as Don completes the build.

Donor Boats for Sale

  • 1993 20', Ajootian built boat, Gray Marine
  • 1991 Wellcraft, 2600, twin 200
  • Newport Surprise, hull 16, w/sails

2021 Youth Boating Safety

We are preparing Boating Safety classes for youth ages 10-18, and Introduction to Water Safety for ages 6-10. Older youth will obtain their Boat VA Operator license. Classes will be free and held at our museum on Sat. or Sun. mornings. Dates to be announced.

2800+ Local Artifacts

Your support funds educational programs, restores historic boats, and preserves the maritime history of Mathews County.

Tax deductible donations can be made by cash, check, or PayPal. MMF also maintains a profile with the Community Foundation at

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Klingel Film Wins Platinum Remi

The documentary “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel” is still winning awards. This year it went out west to Texas, to the Houston International Worldfest Film Festival. Read more...

Klingel History - His life and accomplishments

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Volunteers Wanted

  • Our deck boat Peggy of New Point is in need of a steady crew to maintain and transport her to various maritime events around the Bay.

  • Gil Klingel’s Green Heron and Freya - volunteers needed to give both boats extensive restoration.

Contact us to volunteer and for more information.
Contact us to volunteer and for more information.
  • Help us set up displays at the museum.

  • Consider being a docent - don't worry, we will train.

  • We are currently looking for a suitable site for a new museum. At some point will need individuals who can assist with site planning, fund raising and grant writing.

Contact us to volunteer and for more information.

Mathews Maritime Museum
482 Main St.
Mathews, VA 23109

Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-2pm

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(804) 725-4444


Mailing address:

Mathews Maritime Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109-1201

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