Located next to the Small Craft Building and adjacent to the boat basin, the Patuxent Small Craft Center serves as the headquarters for the small craft program. Here, volunteers of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild, under the direction of the museum's boatwright, maintain the museum's fleet of historic boats and preserve the art and skills of wooden boat building. Boat building classes are held year-round for those interested in building a canoe or rowing skiff.
Join the Patuxent Small Craft Guild. Click here to view the Patuxent Small Craft Guild Facebook Page.
Row and pedal boats
will be available for visitors use in the basin Saturdays and Sundays noon until 4 p.m. through August. Check in with attendant at the floating dock. This activity is free.
Solomons Island Model Boat Club
The Patuxent Small Craft Center is also the home for members of the Solomons Island Model Boat Club (SIMBC), one of the most active clubs at the museum . A fleet of forty-eight inch, radio controlled skipjacks built by club members races on summer weekends at the museum waterfront. They also hold regattas, inviting enthusiasts from up and down the east coast to demonstrate their skill. The SIMBC also demonstrates its fleet of radio controlled "Victoria" sailboats and other model craft. Join the Solomons Island Model Boat Club. Visit the SIMBC website
Patuxent Small Craft Center Toy Boatbuilding
On the fourth Saturday each month (with the exception of May, October, and December) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. build a toy boat. Sessions starting on the half hour, $2 donation requested.
Have you ever wanted to build your own canoe?
Calvert Marine Museum is now offering the chance to build a 16-foot wooden canoe to fit your schedule. With the “Build a Canoe by Appointment” program, you provide us with two consecutive days and we will put you on the calendar.Click here for more information.