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The Barrier Islands Center Museum celebrates a bygone era lived on Virginia’s barrier islands. It preserves the artifacts, culture and heritage of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, including decoys and exhibits on watermen, lighthouses, iron men and life-saving stations, and the villages of Broadwater on Hog Island, Parramore Island, Cobb Island, Wallops, Chincoteague, and Mockhorn.

The Barrier Islands Center Museum celebrates a bygone era lived on Virginia’s barrier islands. It preserves the artifacts, culture and heritage of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, including decoys and...

The Barrier Islands Center Museum celebrates a bygone era lived on Virginia’s barrier islands. It preserves the artifacts, culture and heritage of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, including decoys and exhibits on watermen, lighthouses, iron men and life-saving stations, and the villages of Broadwater on Hog Island, Parramore Island, Cobb Island, Wallops, Chincoteague, and Mockhorn.

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Tuesday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Sunday and Monday: Closed

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Tuesday – Saturday: 10AM – 4PM
Sunday and Monday: Closed

The Barrier Islands Center Museum celebrates a bygone era lived on Virginia’s barrier islands. It preserves the artifacts, culture and heritage of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, including decoys and exhibits on watermen, lighthouses, iron men and life-saving stations, and the villages of Broadwater on Hog Island, Parramore Island, Cobb Island, Wallops, Chincoteague, and Mockhorn.

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More than a museum, Barrier Islands Center offers “opportunities for all ages to learn, grow, and gain a sense of place through the arts, culture, science, and history”. The Center offers a grand variety of lectures, workshops, and festivals throughout the year. Check their calendar!

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The Barrier Islands Center is home to over 7500 artifacts that tell the story of life on the barrier islands, once home to vibrant communities that included exclusive hunt clubs and hotels. Hurricanes in the 1930s forced islanders to settle on the mainland.

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Looking for a special gift with Eastern Shore appeal? The Barrier Island Center’s gift shop offers historical books and documentaries, children’s books, and an array of local artisans’ crafts, including ceramics, bird carvings, paintings, photography, Seafire Candles and Seafire Ceramics. Lead image courtesy At Altitude Gallery.

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