Events and Programs

Tuesday Night Lecture Series feature speakers every Tuesday at 6pm. Admission is $7/person or free with museum membership.

March 28 – Hunter Leonard from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will present a Spring Roundup preview

April 4 – Island Ancestry with Deb Hennel and Cindy Faith including a bagpipe demonstration

April 11 – Nature Conservancy screening of the short film “Tides of Change”

April 18 – Darcy Cole presents Surfer Dudes Legacy

April 25 – Mysteries at the Museum results from the Camp Fletcher Archeological dig


April 1 – 15 – The Museum of Chincoteague Island is excited to announce its annual ArtSea 5×5 art auction will be happening again this year- bigger and better then ever. Artists from around the Delmarva area and beyond will be creating and donating fabulous pieces of art (all in the 5×5 size) for a two week online auction. The auction will begin online on April 1 and continue until April 15 with artwork available for preview during normal museum hours (Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm).

On April 15, the artwork will move to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire House, 5052 Deep Hole Road for preview by those attending the ticketed Beebe Ranch Benefit Dinner Auction.

Starting bids for pieces of art created by adults will be $55, those that have been created by local youth artists will begin at $25.
Please look out for more information soon on the Museum of Chincoteague Island’s Facebook page, Instagram, and on our website.

If you would like to create a 5×5 to donate to the event, please let the museum staff know, you can pick up a canvas at the museum or we can arrange delivery.
Thank you to all the artists that participate in the great event!

Peter Samelson – Magician

Peter Samelson is a sleight of hand artist, mentalist, illusionist & entertainer extraordinaire coming from New York City to perform at the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, 6309 Church Street on April 8. Doors open at 1:30. Show begins at 2pm. The show is sponsored by John Fiege, CFP. Tickets are $30 with 100% of the ticket sales going to our Beebe Ranch fundraiser efforts. Seating is limited to 40 people. Light refreshments will be available for sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at 757-336-6117 or at the Museum of Chincoteague Island. 

The April 7 evening show is sold out!

Benefit Dinner Auction

Join the Museum of Chincoteague Island for a dinner auction at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire House, 5052 Deep Hole Road, on April 15 for music by Boyz of Summer, 3-course dinner, and live auction. ArtSea preview and bidding will also be available. Tickets are $50 with 100% of the proceeds going to our Beebe Ranch fundraiser efforts. Seating is limited to 100 people. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at 757-336-6117 or at the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Thank you to our amazing sponsors: AJ’s on the Creek – dinner, Black Narrows Brewery – beer & wine, Boyz of Summer – music, Chester Jackson – Auctioneer, Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company – host who are helping us achieve our goal. It takes a village!

Make a Framed 5×5 Felted Pony to Benefit Beebe Ranch Purchase

Join JoAnn Stratakos and learn how to make a framed 5×5 felted pony on April 29 from 1:30pm – 4pm at the Museum. $45 per person with all proceeded being donated to #savetheranch. Class is limited to 12 people. Reserve your space by calling the Museum at 757-336-6117 or at the Museum of 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.