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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

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Neighbourhood: Northeast Virginia Beach
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Address: 1113 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3503
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+1 757-437-8432
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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Decoy fanciers unite

It was interesting to see the different stages of decoys and the history behind them. Loved listening to the decoy maker tell of his experiences.

Reviewed 17 September 2015
Warren, Michigan
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Currituck, NC
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

This museum, is not what you'd expect when you think of a museum. There are displays of birds, and decoys, yes, and some old photos of the area. It's free, but don't go out of your way to go there, if you are expecting something elaborate and truly museum worthy. If there is one redeeming characteristic it's the carvers. You... More 

Thank obxshelley
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2015

But the trinkets can be pricey. There was little 'museum' here, mostly things for sale. Some duck decoys and some antique rifles were displayed. Walk the beach instead.

Thank Redgypsy
Warren, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 September 2015

It was interesting to see the different stages of decoys and the history behind them. Loved listening to the decoy maker tell of his experiences.

Thank TamLovesSnorkeling
Vista, California
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60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

This is a great little free (donations accepted) museum. We learned a ton about the local waterfowl and hunting history.

Thank ShaunV
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Much more interesting inside than what you may expect. Lots of historical pictures to view and some very very impressive wood carvings

Thank 73bp
Silver Spring, Maryland
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44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Found this unique museum along the bicycle path on the VB boardwalk. House itself was worth the visit. Take's one back in history. Would loved to have grown up in this place. Great photos of the De Witt family displayed. A very pleasant young man was demonstrating duck carving. Carvings are amazingly lifelike. Free. Couldn't resist rocking on porch looking... More 

Thank 03Mikme
Norfolk, Virginia
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118 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This museum is located on the Boardwalk of Virginia Beach. I visited here with my father and boyfriend and I found the museum to be quite interesting, The paintings they had by ocal artists were absolutely stunning. I'm not sure if they change these out or not but they probably do. This museum also has two floors. In addition to... More 

Thank Rochelle757
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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103 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

This is a wonderful museum that is housed in the old deWitt cottage on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The exhibits are of historic wildfowl artifacts along with depictions of the history of wildfowling in the Back Bay area. Not sure if this would hold the interest of young children or not. But if you are interested in decoys (antique and... More 

Thank 757scf
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

What a delight. Watch the carvers and give it a try. Upstairs is a picture history of Virginia Beach and the house. Nice shop and break on the beach.

Thank sherry_retired
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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90 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

If you hunt ducks, carve wooden decoys, or enjoy local history, then this is the place for you. The building, once renowned as the tallest structure along the boardwalk, dates back to 1895 and ultimately served as home to Cornelius and Cecile DeWitt and their 10 [!] children. Interesting and informative staff and displays throughout. Friendly decoy carvers on site.... More 

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