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Museum of Chincoteague

7125 Maddox Blvd., P.O.Box 352, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-336-6117
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Located at the entrance of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, this museum chronicles the island's history and of the oystering and seafood... more » Owner description: Located at the entrance of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, this museum chronicles the island's history and of the oystering and seafood business that was a major force in shaping the island's economy. « less
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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97 reviews 97 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this well set-up museum. It depicts some of the local history, the story of oystering, and some of the events that shaped the island and it's inhabitants. Best part - the taxidermist prepared Misty of Chincoteague and her foal Stormy.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Wonderful museum with Island history and of course Misty and Stormy The museum is a must on you vacation to Chincoteague Island

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Columbia, MD
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The Museum of Chincoteague is well-worth the visit, especially when tired of the beach, or when rain and/or cold encourages one to stay indoors. Exhibits depict the evolution of the human community on the island from prehistoric to contemporary times. Many of the exhibits are sponsored by local Chincoteague businesses and prominent families, and the artifacts have been donated by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

What a wonderful way to learn about all of Chincoteague's varied history. I was amazed by all the things I learned. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I will continue to go back every time we go there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This museum is a gem that I missed on my wife's and my first visit to the island. It was open only on Thursday through Sunday so we didn't bother with it during the first few days of this visit. Rain drove us inside on Thursday and we stayed next door at the Best Western so we walked to the... More

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Chincoteague, Virginia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum looks small - and it is - but the collection inside is extensive & very interesting. I am only docking one star because the centerpiece item is a little creepy. The taxidermized Misty, out in the open, standing at an awkward angle. This experience single-handedly ruined my childhood memories of Misty of Chincoteague. At least put the poor... More

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Bloomington, IN
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After hours outside on the beach, hiking, or boating, you might need a place to get into the air conditioning. This is a great choice, it has info about the history of Chincoteague and the industries on the island, plus about the ponies. The stuffed Misty and Stormy are currently there but if you don't want to see them, you... More

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chincoteaguemuseum, Executive Director at Museum of Chincoteague, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our museum! Please come again soon. We have a new exhibit on Chincoteague Island during World War II opening this October. -E.B. More

Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Museums are being forced to change with the times and find new ways to attract visitors and keep their attention. This little building is doing just that. In addition to allowing visitors to wander about and learn at their own space, the museum also offers a fun way to make sure you're paying attention with a scavenger hunt. The displays... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The museum is small, but it is packed with information. It takes about an hour to go through the self-guided tour. There is a scavenger hunt to keep things interesting for children (and adults). The staff were very helpful. Misty and Stormy are here, if you read the books and want to see the real horses (stuffed, of course).

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Canton, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This little place is a gem. From the original lighthouse frensel to local history exhibits to the taxidermed Misty and Stormy, there is something inside for everyone. Definitely gives you an understanding of Chincoteague's historical and commercial roots. Staff was friendly and happily answered questions. And the scavenger hunt was a true benefit -- it occupied the kids and allowed... More

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