Heritage Days: Remembering Miles Hancock

Friday, March 23 - Sunday, March 25

Join us as we reopen our doors for the season! All events during Heritage Days are FREE!

This year, we will be celebrating the opening of our Miles Hancock Workshop exhibit. Download the event flyer in the Events dropdown menu.

Friday, March 23rd

Museum Open: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

•Decoy Carving Demonstrations
•Explore the Miles Hancock Workshop and exhibits

Saturday, March 24th

Museum Open: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

•Decoy Carving Demonstrations
•Explore the Miles Hancock Workshop and exhibits
•Children’s Craft

Free Kids Art Class: 1:00 PM

•Located at Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, 6309 Church St.

Chincoteague Island Theatre: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

·Memories of Miles Hancock shared by those who knew him
·Stories on hunting, terrapin farming, carving, and more!
·Spirit of the Bird documentary (with permission of Barrier Island Center)
·Miles Hancock video produced by the Museum of Chincoteague Island
· Never-before-seen interviews from Miles’ family and friends

Sunday, March 25th

Museum Open: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

·Decoy Carving Demonstrations
·Explore the Miles Hancock Workshop and exhibits
·Children's Craft

Terrapin Turtle Talk by the Delmarva Discovery Center at the museum: 12:00 PM

Decoy Appraisal by local carvers and collectors at the museum: 2:30 PM



Chino de Mayo: 5"x5" Art Show and Sale

         2018 Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: Party starts at 5 pm and the art is revealed at 5:55 pm

Description: 5 x 5 is a creative fundraiser and celebration that takes place after the Annual Seafood Festival on Chincoteague Island. The art show and sale features artworks that are all 5 x 5 inches in size and they all sell for $55. The show and sale starts promtly at 5:55 pm when the artwork is revealed to the public for the first time. But plan to arrive at 5 pm to enjoy food from Bill's Restaurant, margaritas, sangria, beer, and soft drinks. A spirited musical performance by Greg Shupe & Men with Issues will add to the festivities. 

If you would like to contribute original artwork to the event, please call the Museum at 757-336-6117. You may choose any media and subject matter. The only restriction is that all work must be 5 inches by 5 inches in scale. If you need a 5" x 5" canvas, the Museum has canvases for participating artists. All contributing artists will be admitted to the event free of charge. 

Fee: $5 (Artists and volunteers get in free of charge)

Check out this short film of a previous year's celebration.

Chincoteague Island Museum "Cinco de Mayo 2012" from Keir Johnson on Vimeo.



Tuesday Nights at the Museum

7 pm
Every Summer Tuesday
May 29 to August 28, 2018

Each Tuesday evening will feature a different speaker and topic. Speaker dates are subject to change, so check back on this page for the most up-to-date schedule. 

$4 admission for adults
Free event admission for children (12 years & under), active military, & Museum Members

May 29


June 5

Southern Folk Cemeteries & Chincoteague Island

Gary Turnquist

June 12

Eastern Shore Railroads

Ellen Johnson

June 19

Chincoteague: The Virginia Island that Stood with the Union

Bryce VanStavern

June 26

The Sea is a Thief Talk & Book Reading

David Parmalee

July 3

Chincoteague Abuzz: Keeping Bees on Chincoteague

Stephanie Hale

July 10

Sheep of Assateague Island

Nancy Ferguson

July 17

Shipwrecks, Lighthouses, & Pirates: Chincoteague & Assateague in History & Song

The Three Sheets (Bill Troxler, Thom Nolan, & Owen Hooks)

July 24


July 31

Lifeways of the Pocomoke Indian Nation

Norris Howard

August 7


August 14


August 21


August 28