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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  • Was a great bus tour with just my daughter and I. Lots of history on that little island! Saw lots of sites we never would have seen on our own. A def if you go!  more »
  • This was a great place to spend an hour on a rainy day. It provided a unique glimpse into various aspects of the region's past, and had a variety of artifacts, memorabilia, and interesting stories.  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

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