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“Charming!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Barrier Islands Center

Barrier Islands Center
7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405
757 678 5550
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Machipongo
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Outdoors
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USA
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10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Charming!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

If you are interested in local history, a visit to this former "Poor House" is a must. It does not gloss over its past. It enhances it with changing exhibits on decoys, islands once inhabited but now abandoned, and the volunteer docents are wonderful and always generous with their time & knowledge.

Visited August 2013
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150 reviews 150 reviews
42 attraction reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
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“Dont' miss the movie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This was a lovely place - the movie about Hogg Island was extremely well done and touching. This museum has many wonderful artifacts, a research library and a very friendly staff. Don't miss this!

Visited April 2014
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Moseley
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Interesting In Many Respects!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This unique place is on the west side of Highway 13 and is well worth a visit. It's a museum and learning center on the barrier islands and the people who once lived on them. The folks working there - volunteers I'm sure - were so friendly and informative and so dedicated to this museum and its ongoing work with the community. Their enthusiasm was contagious!

Visited August 2013
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This museum tells the story of Virginia's once populated barrier islands. A real historian with his ancestry from those barrier islands is there to answer questions. Full of beautiful photos and real artifacts like the lighthouse keepers log (showing an entry when President Cleveland visited), it is a fascinating glimpse into the thriving communities that once inhabited the islands, and the forces of nature that eventually drove them out. Highly recommended- a DVD "Our Island Home" about three island communities. You can watch it in the center, and it is available to purchase. The museum has a Duplo table for children on the front porch and a whale bone sandbox for them to have some "hands on" things to explore. Decoy and bird hunting people will really enjoy the waterfowl exhibits.

Visited August 2013
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“Splendid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Although undergoing some remodeling the staff was very accommodating! Thank you, Kristen! Cant wait to go back after the work has been completed!

Visited July 2013
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