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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

Neighborhood: Northeast Virginia Beach
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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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Small museum, right on the boardwalk

We ducked in here just to get out of the sun. They pack a lot into a relatively small space. You can go through it pretty quickly, but it was a nice diversion.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We ducked in here just to get out of the sun. They pack a lot into a relatively small space. You can go through it pretty quickly, but it was a nice diversion.

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Guelph, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Small free but interesting venue.Mostly revolving around antique wood carvings of various waterfowl. Worth a look see.

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lots of decoys and photos of old Virginia Beach. Nice stop on one of your walks along the boardwalk. And its free.

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Brighton, Michigan, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a fun stop while biking the boardwalk. The setting in the building was very appropriate. The photos and artifacts were all very interesting to look at.

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Richmond, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There is, to be sure, a great collection of bird decoys, both antique and more modern (some for sale). And, there are, at times, carvers present to illustrate the techniques involved (but, not when we were there). There is an interesting exhibit of Virginia Beach (VB) memorabilia, including many pictures of "old" VB. Upstairs, there is an art gallery. I... More 

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Afton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
41 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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