Our collection was founded as The Sea Glass Center in Maine in 2014. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education about worldwide shoreline finds and raising awareness about coastal erosion and marine debris. We are currently raising funds with a goal of finding a permanent setting for our collection. Until then we are doing virtual exhibits as part of a “Museum Monday” education series. Visit our Facebook Page to see previous editions of this series under our “videos” tab. Stay tuned to our Instagram page to find out which Monday of the month at 3 pm EST we will host new live videos.
International pieces, as well as local collections from the Chesapeake Bay, including indigenous tribal artifacts, shark teeth and fossils, seashells, and shipwreck finds, are rotated in special exhibits that change in monthly and seasonal exhibits. The center also features a donation made by former first lady Barbara Bush, as well as a sample collection from the world-renowned collection of Nellie Myrtle Pritchard from the beachcombing museum in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Our location will be close to the Eastern Shore Sea Glass Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland, the largest annual national festival, drawing over 10,000 enthusiastic beachcombers annually to the area, which takes place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, as well as other regional coastal heritage and tourism attractions.
In addition to the permanent and rotating museum collections we offer an online ocean arts retail shop, When’s Low Tide that features artisans from around the world who create art using gifts from the sea. Shop proceeds benefit The Beachcombing Center.
Please join us in raising funds to house our worldwide collection by making a donation today. All donations are tax-deductible. Visit our GoFundMe page to learn more »