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Annual Events

Heritage Days: March 24 - 26, 2017

The Museum is partnering with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), the Chincoteauge Island Arts Organization (CIAO), Chincoteauge Island Library, the Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague National Seashore, and the Virginia Barrier Islands Center to celebrate Heritage Days. The theme this year for the Museum's opening weekend and the surrounding events is "Remembering Assateague Village". This collaboration highlights the Museum's current exhibit, "When Assateague was Home". The exhibit has been expanded and the various Island organizations have come together to create a weekend full of events to celebrate, and educate people about, Assateague Village and its people.

Please check back often as dates, times, and events are subject to change

Friday, March 24th

Museum Open 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Museum Reception 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Light refreshments and panel of local residents who have memories of Assateague Village. Anyone with an Assateauge memory encouraged to join & share!

Saturday, March 25th 

Museum Open 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Assateague Lighthouse Open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Toms Cove Visitor Center Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

  •     Spinning Demonstration 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Island Theatre 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Matt Heim lecture, History of Assateague
  • "Our Island Home", a documentary by James Spione (with permission of Barrier Islands Center)
  • CCA members perform Dramatic Readings from Assateague memoirs & papers
  • Museum's video featuring oral history interviews, historic photos, and memories of Assateague

Sunday, March 26th

Museum Open 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

  • Spinning Demonstration (2:00 - 4:00 pm)
  • Children's Story Times (12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, & 3:30 pm)
  • Children's Craft (Ongoing)

Toms Cove Visitor Center Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Assateague Lighthouse Open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Island Theatre 2:00 pm

  • "Our Island Home", a documentary by James Spione (with permission of Virginia Barrier Islands Center)



Chinco de Mayo: Special 5 x 5 Art Show and Sale

         2017 Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

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 and company 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: Where Island Tales Are Told

7 pm
Every Summer Tuesday (Except July 4)
May 30 to August 29, 2017

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 30

Crab Pot Demonstration

Andy Linton

June 6

Rising Sea Levels on the Eastern Shore

Curtis Smith

June 13

Resources for Researchers (Eastern Shore Public Library's Eastern Shore Room)

Cara Burton

June 20


June 27

July 11

History of The Virginia Eastern Shore

Charles Landis, Author talk & book signing

July 18

July 25

Chincoteague Pony Swim

Denis Bowden

August 1

Tagging & Tracking Peregrine Falcons

Jim Dayton

August 8

Shipwrecks off our Coast

Rustin Cassway & Brian Sullivan

August 15


August 22

Restoration of the Captain Timothy Hill House

Louisa Flaningam & Paul Brzozowski

August 29

Basket Weaving

Dawn Simpson