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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

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Neighborhood: Northeast Virginia Beach
Specialty museums, Museums
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Address: 1113 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: 757 437 8432
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Most recent review
A nice break in the boardwalk.

Nature lovers will appreciate the ecology. Maps and native species, a few vintage hunting rifles and lots of waterfowl hunting interests.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2014
MarySCunningham
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Afton, Virginia
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Afton, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Nature lovers will appreciate the ecology. Maps and native species, a few vintage hunting rifles and lots of waterfowl hunting interests.

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Gorgeous museum on the beachfront with very friendly staff and displays on a sadly declining American tradition. Regular demonstrations from people who are happy to answer any questions, lovely displays of lifelike bird models, and some history on the city of Virginia Beach upstairs. One of the most charming museums I've ever visited, absolutely worth your time.

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Seattle
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Heritage Museum is a great small place to learn about a distinctively American craft: the creation and use of decoys for duck hunting. Perhaps the best part of a visit is talking with experienced decoy makers as they work on a project. The carvers are friendly and anxious to share their knowledge of working with wood to make a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I enjoyed talking to the artist who created the wooden waterfowls. He explained the artistic process as well as the use of the decoys. It was more interesting than I expected. There are VERY lifelike waterfowl "kites" that you can buy, that are floating in the air. I would get one if I lived in a house.

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Sterling, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Staying at Va. Beach this weekend we visited this museum which is absolutely free and very educational and interactive. The museum opens at 10 am and the manager and one of the wood carvers were both very nice and personable. Its a great place to view some of the history around hunting and wild fowl hunting. I recommend it to... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

There's nothing in here. It's a gift shop and a carving studio... I don't really know why they call it a museum! it's not even really a hunting club shack. The only thing to see in it are the carved birds for decoys used in hunting.... and they want you to buy those. So...yeah, if you like wood carvings, it's... More 

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Hartly
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Very interesting to see the new & antique decoys and carvings. Don't miss the upstairs with old photos and memorabilia from Virgina Beach of years gone by. Small gift shop. Worth a look.

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Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Stopped by here for a quick visit. The guys working were friendly and seemed always down for a conversation (one was engaged in an interesting conversation with a fellow museum goer while I was there). I loved the gift shop. Admission is free, why not stop by?

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Philadelphia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
45 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The location is right in the heart of the Virginia Beach resort area and is free. Learn how decoys are carved and see some really good examples.

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Seattle
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I visited the Heritage Museum on a weekday afternoon in November. Decoy carving is a distinctive American folk art, and this museum is one of the bet places to see it. The museum includes antique decoys from the Chesapeake Bay and Carolina sound and modern decoys crafted by local carvers. The best part is the opportunity to watch local carvers... More 

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