Mathews Maritime Museum

The Mathews Maritime Museum, owned and operated by the Mathews Maritime Foundation, houses artifacts, documents, and photographs depicting the history and legacy of Mathews County, the Middle Peninsula of Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay.


What's Ahead?

Our enthusiasm for preserving history is always growing, and so is our collection! Help us continue to restore historic boats, fund programs like family boatbuilding, and preserve relics that represent maritime in Mathews.

Going forward, we hope to move the museum out of it’s current public facility and into a new home for artifacts, research media, and educational activities.

Your tax deductible donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

The Museum - Collections and Lending Library


The museum’s collection currently numbers over 2065 items.
Collections include:

Lighthouses Boatbuilding Tools Watermen Tools Various Types of Boat Artifacts Nautical Books Models of Boats US Navy Relics Civil War Memorabilia Merchant Mariner Artifacts Navigational Tools and Charts Photos, Photos, Photos Education Nautical Clothing and Gear Commercial Maritime Items


The Museum is located in downtown Mathews at 482 Main Street.
We welcome you! Doors are open from 10am-2pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Season lasts April to November.

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Museum Gift Shop

Our Museum Gift Shop has a variety of items.
T-shirts Calendars Books more!

Browse the Gift Shop

Oral History Program

The Oral History Program documents local stories and memories of how things used to be, so that these valuable accounts will not be lost to future generations. Tell your story. Contact our musuem at (804) 725-4444.