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Machipongo - Barrier Islands Center

7295 Young Street

The mission of the Barrier Islands Center is to preserve and perpetuate the culture and history of the Virginia barrier islands through education, protection and collection of artifacts, and interpretation of this coastal way of life.


Chris Clark

Friday, March 30, 2018
Wow, I’m so glad we found this wonderful museum on our trip down to the southern end of ESVA! This museum is really beautifully executed, and well organized. We saw many facets of early eastern shore life that were fascinating as well as unknown to us. We will definitely be back! They have a very cool planter type box out front where the kids can hunt (and find!) for shark teeth - that was a big hit with our little ones.

Jock McClees

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
It doesn't look like much when you drive up, but it tells a fascinating story about the area and particularly about the barrier islands. A number of large hotels or boarding houses had been built there for upper crust vacationers from New York and Philadelphia. They did a lot of bird hunting. Very much a late 1800s, early 1900s kind of experience. But because barrier islands move, many of these places are now in ruins or have been claimed by the sea. They have several films that give you a feel for a time gone by. We thoroughly enjoyed it and spent a lot more time than we thought we would when we first walked in. The photo is a painting of one of these buildings, one of the few still standing.

Megan Case

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This is a great place to go visit!! First of all, it's free. Secondly, you get to see everything up close and personal!! Everything isn't behind a glass wall. It's the closest I've been able to get to artifacts like that before, and I loved it! I felt like I truly got to experience the islands. The workers there are also very knowledgeable and kind. If you're on the island, you should definitely visit.

Tara Sharp

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Nice small museum. They all of the rooms were full of exhibits about the barrier islands. We enjoyed getting to learn about the different hotels and hunt clubs that used to be on those islands. The museum is free, although donations are encouraged. The staff was very friendly and gave us even more details than the exhibits.

dana smith

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Loved this hidden Jewel on the shore.So much info packed inside.beautifully decorated on multi floors. One of 3 twisted chimneys in the USA.( Spiral) videos, history, artwork, photo oops..great for all ages..a must see on the shore.Lovely giftshop

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