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.Use our Chincoteague Island day trip planning website to add Museum of Chincoteague and other attractions to your Chincoteague Island vacation plans.
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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The museum is very tiny, but they have a lot of displays and history. Best of all, the preserved body of Misty is there, you can actually see the beloved pony!
The museum is very tiny, but they have a lot of displays and history. Best of all, the preserved body of Misty is there, you can actually see the beloved pony! more »
My 12 year old son and I love this museum. Very informative displays and absolutely the friendliest people working there. It’s our first stop when we visit Chincoteague.
My 12 year old son and I love this museum. Very informative displays and absolutely the friendliest people working there. It’s our first stop when we visit Chincoteague. more »
Five bucks entry to meet Misty, the pony that made Chincoteague famous, face to face. It's a small museum, but provides a very thorough walkthrough thru time of the Island's history. It's definitely worth the price and visit.
Worth a visit if you're in Chincoteague! I didn't know much about the town prior to my visit and it was nice to get a glimpse of their history. They're known for their oyster harvesting, wild ponies, and decoy ducks. Two of the most famous ponies are on display in the museum, Misty and her foal. The ponies were featured in children's books and movies. Expect to spend about an hour or so (if you like reading the placards).
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