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. Located in downtown Mathews, 482 Main St., we welcome you! Doors are open from 10am-2pm, Fri. and Sat., from April to November, and also by appointment.
Directions & contact info.
The museum’s collection currently numbers over 2340 items, including:
• Boatbuilding Tools
• Watermen Tools
• Boat Artifacts
• Nautical Books
• Models of Boats
• US Navy Relics
• Civil War Memorabilia
• Merchant Mariner Artifacts
• Navigational Tools
• Navigational Charts
• Photos, Photos, Photos
• Nautical Clothing and Gear
• Commercial Maritime Items
Our latest WWII exhibit coincides with the museum's recently released 18-month calendar, "Remembering WWII." While the exhibit honors the veterans and Merchant Marines of Mathews County, it also includes extras like German and Russian uniforms, hats, and helmets, a Japanese battle flag, plane-identifying flashcards, Bedford Boys memorabilia, medals, and Coast Guard items.
Russian caps, on loan by H. Rockefeller
Beverly Gayle, at right, stands beside a photo of her father, Capt. Robert Billups Gayle. The exhibit includes many local stories.
Sea-bee helmet - the civil engineering corps of the U.S. Navy, on loan by Jack White
German uniform/jacket & trousers, with cap, on loan by H. Rockefeller
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.
Our Museum Gift Shop has a variety of items, including
T-shirts • Calendars • Books • more!
Browse the online Gift Shop.
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.