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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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  • What a beautifully curated and presented museum! There was so much to learn beyond the ponies, I was very grateful. It has been closed during lockdown so was very glad to be able to go this visit. So....  more
    What a beautifully curated and presented museum! There was so much to learn beyond the ponies, I was very grateful. It has been closed during lockdown so was very glad to be able to go this visit. So....  more »
  • The museum has made some changes since our last visit before COVID hit, and they are all for the better. It's a learning experience not to be missed, with great exhibits and videos. 
    The museum has made some changes since our last visit before COVID hit, and they are all for the better. It's a learning experience not to be missed, with great exhibits and videos.  more »
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  • Wonderful history! Absolutely! Loved visiting here and taking in some truly unique and insightful exhibits, memorabilia, and artifacts! Artifacts! The staff was friendly and accommodating and it was a welcome reprieve from the heat to spend a good hour to 2 hours here! Fascinating background on not only the history of Chincoteague Island but a homage to the traditions and memories of times and people gone by. Highly recommend stopping in here, you won't. So appreciate what you will see! ✌️🙂👍
  • A very nice and educational visit to this lovely museum! The staff at the desk were amazing and gave us a lot of information on the museum exhibits. There was a scavenger hunt for kids and adults that assisted in guiding visitors to the museum around the exhibits. The facility covers many aspects of the history of Chincoteague from the first settlers to present day tourism and the fishing industry. Admission was $5 for adults and children under 12 were free. This place is definitely worth a visit, especially on a rainy day with little else to do!

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