About Us

Our museum and gift shop are open daily 12:00 – 4:00  from May 1st through late October. 

Find out how more than a century ago a handful of scattered farm families reacted to rising sea levels and created a prosperous waterman’s community. Smith Island continues to face natural and man-made challenges, but as our ancestors, we are prepared to meet them head on.

Smith Island Center -  image by Jonathan Doherty

Smith Island Center – Image by Jonathan Doherty

The Center features exhibits on crabbing, oystering and traditional watercraft. We also maintain a small but growing collection of genealogies and family histories. The film Land and Water, People and Time, was produced by scholars and the Maryland Historical Trust, based on interviews with life-long residents. It provides viewers with a glimpse of life on Smith Island. After your visit, we hope you will take home happy memories, and maybe a book, professional crab knife, or other souvenirs from our well-stocked gift shop.