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Nice small museum

A good place to start a visit to Chesapeake City and to learn about the history of the canal. Very... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Newport News, Virginia
Small but packed with info.

Old lock pump house turned into a museum. Free to get in and lots of history and artifacts from... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

A good place to start a visit to Chesapeake City and to learn about the history of the canal. Very interesting steam engine artifacts for the old locks. Most of the items displayed are not in compliance with recognized museum standards and are subject to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Old lock pump house turned into a museum. Free to get in and lots of history and artifacts from the canal. Models of some of the kind of shops used on the canal from the beginning until now. The original steam engine that was used...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Grayhare
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this museum to learn more about Maryland and Chesapeake Bay. Not well known that this was conceived in the 1880s and there were 5 potential locations for the canal before one was chosen. Interesting details on upgrades over the years. Put this on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Adventure642246
Reviewed 19 September 2018

A charming little museum that documents the history of the C&D Canal and explains the economics of the canal, with a working model and the original steam engine powered water pump. When going to DelMarVa, eat lunch in Chesapeake City and allot an 1 hour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed 14 September 2018

We have been in Chesapeake many times but never took the time to visit this museum. Glad we finally did. Now we have a much better appreciation for the canal. It doesn't take much of your time and I would highly recommend stopping if you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 328judyw
Reviewed 30 August 2018

The Army Corps of Engineers operates this museum located in a building that was at one time the pump house that supplied water to the original lock canal in the Nineteenth Century. There are two huge steam engines dating to the 1850's that turned the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Great overview of the C&D canal. Informative. Located on the canal so we got lucky and saw a big ship go by just as we stepped out of the museam. Very interesting learning how the canal was build and how it was expanded. Free museum....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 501cynthian
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

It was a good experience to wander through this well-thought out museum..knowing the intense labor that went into digging and building this canal, the museum honors those who envisioned and engineered such a feat. The displays and models explain in detail the construction and importance...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank julia n
Reviewed 5 June 2018

Best kept museum around.Lots of exhibits and information. Very informative.Easy to get to and close to food and drink.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sthsdltd
Reviewed 23 May 2018

I really enjoyed seeing the interior of the pumphouse. I was impressed by the large desk at the entrance. They had nice displays and a good amount of placards to read and learn about the canal.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank maryjom923
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