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Nine Charming Small Museums

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Upper Shore

Museum of Chincoteague Island, Chincoteague:  Exhibits document Chincoteague’s history from ancient times through the centuries that have shaped its culture and community.

NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility Visitor Center, Wallops Island: America’s first rockets launched from Wallops Island in 1945. The country’s space story continues on the island today.

Saxis Island Museum, Saxis: Learn about the fading lifestyle of the Saxis Island watermen and the challenges of protecting the Chesapeake Bay’s delicate ecosystems.

Middle Shore

Eastern Shore Railway Museum, Parksley: Opened in 1885, this is the only New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk station that has never been moved from its original location.

Ker Place, Onancock: A stately historic Federal-style home dating to 1799, now a museum, Ker Place preserves the world of colonial America.

Watermen’s Heritage Foundation, Onancock: Virginia’s Eastern Shore’s waterman culture dates to America’s earliest days and it is preserved here in one of the Eastern Shore’s oldest harbor towns.

Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center, Tangier Island: Take a ferry to this isolated island community with a distinct history, culture and language.  Learn how Tangier’s community is facing a perilous future.

Lower Shore

Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo: Preserves the heritage of Virginia’s 23 remote barrier islands, now wild, where there were once thriving communities.

Cape Charles Museum, Cape Charles: A rich collection of items tells the story of Cape Charles’ history as a railroad and harbor town beginning in the 1880s.