Events and Programs

Christmas Tree Village and Gathering of Island Gnomes 2021 



The Museum of Chincoteague Island is very excited that our Christmas Tree Village is back this year. We also are pleased to again have the gathering of Island Gnomes and Online Auction. Christmas Trees will be decorated and donated by island businesses and families. They will then be on display in the Museum of Chincoteague Island’s Legacy Pavilion from 5-8 P.M. on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. The Gathering of Island Gnomes will take place in the Museum courtyard and be available for viewing through the month. Admission to the Christmas Tree Village is free but you can vote for your favorite tree for $1 per vote or $20 for 25 votes. 


The Online Auction will be available on the Museum’s BetterUnite page. Look for a link on our Facebook page to participate in the auction.

Those interested in having a tree or gnome in this year’s event should contact the Museum at 757-336-6117 or by email at 


The Museum of Chincoteague Island’s popular Tuesday Night Lecture Series will make a winter appearance in 2022! Lectures begin on Friday, February 11 with a special event that will be announced soon! So make plans next year to spend some long, dark nights at the museum for our Winter Tuesday Evening Lectures. 



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.