Museums & Learning

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

Hands-on education and preservation in the Chesapeake Bay.
PWEC informs, inspires, and involves all ages.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s mission is to encourage, educate and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the ecosystem and its inhabitants, with a vision to enhance and sustain the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystems.

Our 3-acre, waterfront campus is open to the general public for tours of our aquariums and touch tanks full of live bay animals.  Guided tours of the estuarium, gardens, and oyster aquaculture operation are available 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor day, Wednesday – Monday from March 1 – December 1st and weekends during the winter.  We are open 10 am – 4 pm.

6129 Tilghman Island Rd. Tilghman Island, MD 21671

410.886.9200 –

Tilghman Island Watermen’s Museum

In 2007, a handful of Tilghman’s Island residents came together to try to preserve a historic workboat, the Kathryn. This singular idea soon expanded into the larger effort to record the ongoing story of Tilghman’s Island’s unique community, a community rich in history and with a culture centered on the work of watermen and their families. These early efforts lead to the birth of the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum.

Current exhibitions focus on the art and artifacts of the island and boat models: a remarkable collection of original paintings and remarqued prints, and boat models by Bill Sommers, Vincent Haddaway, and others as well as historic photographs

6031 Tilghman Island Rd. Tilghman Island, MD 21671

410.886.1025 –