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Barrier Islands Center

7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405-1725
+1 757-678-5550
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Definitely stop by plus it's free

Museum recommended by a local on a rainy day with two little ones. We really enjoyed ourselves and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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You really have to go here!

Beautiful and free. Open limited hours but well worth the visit. We were greeted by a local docent... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
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“eastern shore” (9 reviews)
“oral history” (2 reviews)
“early life” (2 reviews)
7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405-1725
+1 757-678-5550
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Museum recommended by a local on a rainy day with two little ones. We really enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot about the history of the island life on the eastern shore. We have lived here for fifteen years, but know little about the history...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Beautiful and free. Open limited hours but well worth the visit. We were greeted by a local docent who gave us a great oral history of the building and exhibits. So much to see there, even in the attic. Be sure to stop by, you...More

2  Thank wxprof
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

If you want to know what the Eastern Shoe is all about, this is the place to start !!! It is family friendly, the staff is fun and involved in the daily life of the center...What a place to go back in time, from the...More

2  Thank Lawrence S
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Learned so much about early life on the Eastern Shore. A very hardy people, who overcame the elements to survive. Lots of exhibits of old time implements for harvesting the bounty of the sea.

3  Thank Joe M
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Looking for something to do that's FREE. Yes, FREE! It's educational and It doesn't take alot of time. For years I've been coming to the Eastern Shore (ES) for business and going through to head north. I never took the time to stop and see...More

4  Thank Nurseviv24
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here while visiting Cape Charles. It's right on rt. 13 and easily accessible to anyone driving by. It was so much more impressive than I expected from a small town museum. The upstairs is divided into rooms that are decorated in a way...More

3  Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Amazing museum full of interesting history and artifacts from the local area. Building itself is a fabulous piece of history, you can just imagine the all the wonderful people who lived there during the years it was a almshouse. Wonderful video about the lives of...More

3  Thank AndrewF-Irl
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We stopped here on our way from the Outer Banks to Chincoteague. Very nice musem. Short movie about the lives of people who had once lived on the islands. Lots of informative displays. Very friendly and helpful staff.

2  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place breathes life into the past. It is not your typical boring museum. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the displays are well designed and interesting. Can't wait to bring the grandchildren here as they will love it!

3  Thank John and Angel T
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Barrier Islands Center is a hidden gem and a wonderful part of the community. They're dedicated to preserving the memories of the people that lived on the barrier islands off the Eastern Shore of VA until the mid 1930's. They feature wonderful videos and...More

2  Thank Jim G
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