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.

The Museum - Collections & Lending Library

The museum’s collection currently numbers over 2065 items, including:

Lighthouses
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
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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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.



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

Browse the online Gift Shop.

Recording Oral History

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.