Get a real appreciation for the area’s cultural and historic contributions through the many local museums.
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
215 Giles St.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-3739
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
On the banks of the historic Susquehanna Flats, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum houses a large collection of waterfowl decoy carvings gathered from the works of more than 300 regional artists. Other museum exhibits include boats, guns, textiles, photographs and more. Visit the museum’s website for information on admission fees, carving demonstrations and classes, group tours and events.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette St.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-4800
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where Chesapeake Bay meets the Susquehanna River, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum features exhibits and programs interpreting the rich maritime heritage of the region. Exhibits highlight the travels of John Smith as he explored Chesapeake Bay, ice harvesting, the Coast Guard, watermen, shipbuilding, navigation and more.
Hays House Museum
324 Kenmore Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-838-7691
1 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sunday of the month, March through mid-December
Built in 1788, the museum — named for Thomas A. Hays, a prominent lawyer, landowner and entrepreneur who purchased the house in 1811 — retains virtually all its original features including the staircase, weatherboards, mantels, woodwork and shutters. For more information on special events, visit the museum’s website.
461 Quaker Bottom Road
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-2299
9 a.m. to sunset daily
This once-working farm preserves and demonstrates the Harford County rural farming culture and arts and crafts of 1880 to 1920. Visitors can experience the daily life of a turn-of-the-century farmhouse; see replicas of the late 19th-century general store, veterinarian office and decoy carver workshop; view old restored hand tools; and see a collection of carriages, buggies and sleighs at the carriage barn. The museum also hosts a number of events, like Medieval Days, the Celtic Festival and the Summertime Blues Festival, as well as themed tea parties and other events.
Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House
817 Conesto St.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078..... 410-939-5780
1 to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, mid-April through early November
A historic home on the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House tells the story of 19th-century life along the S&T Canal. Exhibits feature an 1800s kitchen and bedroom, a toll collector’s office, the War of 1812 and railroad history in Havre de Grace. The museum also hosts a number of events, including War of 1812 re-enactments and Pirate Fest.