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Annual Fundraiser Cruise!

Tickets: $45 each (available at the Museum)

September 15th (rain date: Sept. 17th)

Delectable finger foods, wine, and beer will be served on board.

Captain Carlton Leonard will host.

Donna Leonard will lead the festivities. 

The "Martha Lou" leaves Merritt Harbor promptly at 5:00 pm.

(Arrive at the boat slip #60 no later than 4:45 pm)

All proceeds benefit the Museum of Chincoteague Island.

For info, call (757) 336-6117


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

Chincoteague Saltwater Cowboys & Pony Swim

Denise Bowden

June 27

NASA Sounding Rockets

Philip Cathell

July 11

History of The Virginia Eastern Shore

Charles Landis, Author talk & book signing

July 18

Assateague Shells & Shelling

Alex Fraser, Park Ranger, Assateague Island National Seashore

July 25

The Chincoteague Ponies behind the Sunny & Jess Book Series

Suzanne Immen, Author talk & book signing

August 1

Tagging & Tracking Peregrine Falcons

Jim Dayton

August 8

Shipwrecks off our Coast

Rustin Cassway & Brian Sullivan

August 15


Bill Borges, Museum of Chincoteague Island

August 22

Restoration of the Captain Timothy Hill House

Louisa Flaningam & Paul Brzozowski

August 29 - This event has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather!

Basket Weaving

Dawn Simpson



Chinco de Mayo: Unique 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 & 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.