Events and Programs

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

June 6 – Captain Chandler & His Biscuit

June 13 – Making of the Misty Movie followed by the showing of the movie

June 20 – Patty Vamvas with Beautiful Birds of Assateague

June 27 – Jeff Holland with Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel History & Future

Decoy Carving in the Miles Hancock Workshop

Join local carvers in the Miles Hancock Workshop on Saturdays from noon – 3pm to learn more about the art and history of decoy carving. 


Surfer Dude Breyer Horse Online Auction to Benefit the Beebe Ranch

This is a beautiful, well maintained model of one of Assateague Island’s favorite sons! Surfer Dude was a well known and well loved stallion on Assateague Island. He was part of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company herd and the most photographed pony by far. In 2014, famed artist Peter Stone (creator of many of the Breyer models) created this limited edition model. He only made 10. Eight of those had a matte finish and two were glossy. This model is one of the eight. This model was donated by Joyce Westberry to help the Museum of Chincoteague Island raise funds for the “Save the Beebe Ranch” campaign. The proceeds from the winning bid will go towards the purchase of the famed ranch. The model will be auctioned through our BetterUnite page with the auction beginning at 12:01 am on May 31 and running until June 15. Click here for live auction.


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.