Events and Programs

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Darcy Cole is acknowledged as an authority on Chincoteague Ponies, their habits and breeding. Her daily hikes on the refuge, tracking the ponies, occasionally result in her tracking the entire herd. Over the years she has come to know the Chincoteague Ponies as well as most of us know our own families. In this approximately two hour long program, Darcy will fill us in on all of the foals born in 2021, their parentage, and which herd they are in. There will also be a question and answer period to answer any questions participants may have regarding this year’s foals, or the herds.



After the first event sold out, Highlights of Foal Season, 2021 will be repeated on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 P.M. in the Museum of Chincoteague Island’s Legacy Pavilion. Seating is limited to 50, so click on the Better Unite link below and get your tickets now.–zGFGEAOCIhSMD14qiLZVhVr25UifbzPJDn0



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Join us Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23 as Museum of Chincoteague Island Board Member and award winning carver, Russell Fish, offers a decoy carving class. Under Russell Fish’s guidance you will carve, paint and finish a Ruddy Duck Decoy of your very own. If you have ever wondered about the time and talent that goes into decoy carving and painting, this is the class for you.

The cost is $110.00 per person and includes all tools and materials. Participants must be 14 and older. The class is limited to 15 so sign up soon. Pre-registration is required by Monday, October 15. Participants are required to sign an safety waiver.


Call, email or stop by the Museum to sign up: 757-336-6117,, 7125 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague Island.




Ongoing Opportunities

‘Native Seafood Cookery’ Cookbook – The Museum of Chincoteague is now selling the ‘Native Seafood Cookery’ cookbook created by the original Oyster Museum Committee to raise funds to establish the Museum in the early 1970’s.

Many requests have been heard over the years to reprint this collection of recipes.  The Museum has an original copy on display which has been loaned from Ann Rodgers whose mother was one of the Museum’s original founders. The cookbook is available in the Museum gift shop, online at our BetterUnite site, and at Sundial Books in Historic Downtown.



‘Everything Chincoteague ROUND UP’

As part of the Museum’s 2021 Heritage Days celebration which took place in March, the Museum kicking off a collections campaign searching for hidden treasures, We asked the community and those that have items that preserve the people, culture, and history of Chincoteague Island to participate in the ‘Everything Chincoteague Round Up’. If you, like so many of us, have been cleaning out your closets, attics, garages or storage spaces during the pandemic, and reconnected with your roots, glanced at that box of old movies, thumbed through family photo albums, unearthed valuable memories or found that dusty yearbook hiding in a box….. Please DO NOT TOSS them. Share them with us! We want to take a look. Help us preserve those memories for future generations. Bring those treasures to us. We can scan/photograph/copy the items and return them to you or they could be added to the Museum collection.

Items of interest may include but are not limited to:

8MM &16MM Movies VHS Movies Family Recipes Family Trees
Written Collections/Journals Historical Documents Postcards Brochures
Memorabilia Yearbooks Photographs  

Call 757-336-6117 or email if you have any questions or would like to learn more.