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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

1113 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (Northeast Virginia Beach)
757 437 8432
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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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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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 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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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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41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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37 helpful votes 37 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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Ijamsville, Maryland
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3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is an interesting museum right on the boardwalk...and entrance is FREE. I went 2 different times during my week long visit and there was a different carver on duty each time. Both carvers were very amiable and went out of their way to explain what they were doing.

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