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Museum of Chincoteague

Address: 7125 Maddox Blvd., P.O.Box 352, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6117
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Delaware
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The collection from World War II was impressive. I was disappointed that the exhibit on the indigenous inhabitants of the area was entitled "First Visitors". That is inappropriate.

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

Amy, thank you for visiting our Museum. We are so glad that you enjoyed our new WW II exhibit. Thank you for your feedback about our exhibit on the American Indian groups of the region. We are in the process of doing new research that will add to and change this exhibit. The "First Visitors" title was meant to communicate... More

Pennsylvania
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144 reviews 144 reviews
44 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Highlight of the visit. Has a lot of exhibits from the past ages of the area. Even husband was fascinated & I usually have to drag him into a museum.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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
2 reviews
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
9 helpful votes 9 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 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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chincoteaguemuseum, Executive Director at Museum of Chincoteague, responded to this review

Hi Ben. Thanks for visiting the Museum and for your feedback. We will certainly take your comments into consideration as we think about how to best display the iconic Misty and Stormy of Chincoteague. More

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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