Museum of Chincoteague, Chincoteague Island

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The Museum is dedicated to preserving the people, culture and heritage of the Island. Exhibits display life on this barrier island chronologically from before man to the present. Objects on display include fossils dredged from the waters around the Island and items salvaged from shipwrecks along our coast.

Exhibits include implements from our oyster and seafood industry along with a contemporaneous video of oystering beginning with planting the beds to canning for shipment. The Gilded Age exhibit depicts life on the Island in the late 1800's into the early 20th century when wealthy merchants owned large Victorian homes on the Island. There are historical artifacts from our churches, businesses and volunteer fire company including an 1880 hand pumper wagon and items from the rich traditions of the carnival. Visitors are welcomed by a first order Fresnel lens manufactured in Paris in 1866 used to light the Assateague Lighthouse. The Museum brings alive the community's early sailing history in an exhibit of models of early vessels used by watermen on our bays, creeks, and channels. There is a video of the 1962 flood that impacted life on the Island. Other exhibits portray the development of the causeway and the bridges that connect Chincoteague to both Assateague and the mainland.
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  • Loved this museum and it's super friendly staff!! Such intesting articles on display, very well maintained, and super clean. My husband and I were lucky to meet the 1957 Carnival Queen in person...  more »
  • Well worth your time to learn about the history, people, and oystering of the area. And of course, if you are a Misty of Chincoteague fan this is the place--KInd of creepy but they have both Misty...  more »
  • There is a lot of history in this little island. So much resiliency to make a living according to available resources. So much genuine artifacts. Old light house and information was fascinating!!  more »
  • Great place to bring your kids in a rainy day. Very educational and a good way to learn more about the island! Make sure to do the Scavenger Hunt and check out the gift shop.
  • The museum was wonderful and to make it even better they let kids do an ispy search. Lots of interesting things in here. Worth the trip
  • Museum took over the Pony Trolley tours which were good, air conditioned, informative guides. Now its a loud, cramped old school bus with broken AC and half the people of the trolley rides. Driver hugged the shoulder and crashed into a metal street lamp in town across from the fire company and almost hit two telephone poles even though there was room. The mic was broken and the old man tour guide was cool but didn't know how to use the mic so it cut in and out. Not even worth an hour of my time if they paid me the $5 to ride.
  • My husband loves (and teaches) history and I enjoy it as well. We went to this little museum and we both learned something that we brought home to our family. I found it very interesting and recommend anyone to set aside an hour or two and read into this little islands history. It is pleasantly surprising.
  • Good to stop by and learn about the history of the island. The volunteers at the museum were very friendly. The wood Carver's was interesting to see and talk with.

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