Water/Ways Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Now Open in Cambridge

The Smithsonian has come to the Chesapeake Bay. The world-class museum institute has a special, water-themed traveling exhibit that is making its way across the Bay watershed.

The Water/Ways exhibit, which looks at water as a life necessity and artistic inspiration, just opened in Cambridge for a six-week stay, and will move on to Crisfield and then Prince Frederick in Calvert County after that.

The exhibit “explores water’s effect on the landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources,” according to the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Program.

While Water/Ways is in Cambridge, Dorchester County is rolling out a local display to go along with it, highlighting local connections to the water. Visitors can sit in the cockpit of a racing speedboat and try their hand at oyster shucking. The companion exhibit shares space with Water/Ways, and was created with a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant.

The county also has a full lineup of events and activities celebrating water. This Wednesday, there is a rain garden walking tour with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. On Friday evening, there’s a yoga class at the waterfront with complimentary wine and cheese afterwards. Also on Friday, Captain Andy McCown and his trio, Chesapeake Scenes, will give a folk music and poetry performance paying tribute to those who make their living on the water.

To read Dorchester Tourism’s full list of events for the weeks to come, click here.

For the Water/Ways schedule of traveling locations, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano