For more than 400 years, watermen who harvested seafood from the Commonwealth's rivers and Chesapeake Bay have played an important role in the economy and history of Virginia.
This museum preserves and interprets their material culture with exhibits that feature paintings, photographs, tools, and equipment, full sized boats and models. Located on the York River, the museum hosts the Heritage Festival in July, with work boat races, seafood, crafts, and demonstrations. Polular education programs based on Virginia SOLs, designed for kindergarten through third grade, are offered in spring and fall. Programs for scouts, older students, and adults may also be arranged. Visitors can also take sightseeing and fishing cruises that depart regularly from the museum's pier.