2020 has been a challenging year. What was supposed to be a spectacular celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary instead turned into a struggle to earn revenue and make ends meet. The pandemic closed our doors from mid-March to mid-July. Our nationally recognized Museum Store was closed, we were unable to rent our facilities, and the Waterside Music Series was canceled.
Those closures and cancellations severely curtailed revenue, forcing us to reach into our limited reserves to keep the otters and other animals fed, the aquariums functioning, our virtual educational activities going, and the lighthouses and museum structures properly maintained. Even though the museum has been open since the middle of summer, we continue to feel the devastating financial impact of the pandemic.
Nevertheless, in this season of hope we find ourselves hopeful. Despite the recent surge in cases, a vaccine appears to be on the near horizon and should soon bring relief along with the end of this horrible pandemic.
2021 promises to be an exciting time at the Calvert Marine Museum. We’re not sure exactly which month we’ll be able to move to a more normal footing, but we look forward to welcoming visitors back for our popular in-person events and programs; we can’t wait for the return of educational programs for students across Maryland, DC, and Virginia; and we look forward to new and expanded exhibits.
As we approach the end of an unprecedented year in our history, one that has been difficult for all of us in various ways, I want to thank you for your support. Ours is a museum with ambitious goals to positively affect the lives of our guests and constituents in meaningful ways. We rely on you – our community of supporters – to help move this work forward.
Please consider a year-end gift to CMM as you plan your charitable contributions this year. We appreciate your support in helping us build toward a brighter future!