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

Smith Island Center - image by Jonathan Doherty

Smith Island Center - Image by Jonathan Doherty

The Cultural Center celebrates Smith Island’s unique maritime culture.   In 1872, the Reverend James A. Massey described Smith Islanders as “an almost amphibious race.”  Our displays highlight the life of Island watermen and their families, and presents exhibits on crabbing, traditional watercraft, and an examination of Island life past and present.  We also maintain a small but growing collection of genealogies, photographs, 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.