Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum Virginia Beach

Where is it at?

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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
1113 Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach
Tel: 757 437-8432


The museum is at 1113 Atlantic Ave in Virginia Beach, which is just on the corner of 12th St and Atlantic.

Where are we going today?

The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is a sweet dedicated to the waterfowl, in the historic de Witt Cottage on the Virignia Beach waterfront.

Spend some relaxing time looking around all the art and artifacts that can teach kids about the migratory wildfowl that pass through Virginia.

It's fascinating to see how the story of the wildfowl have been depicted from the ancient American art form with carvings and simple drawings, right through to carvings from the present day.

The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is definitely a niche museum for those who love wildlife, nature, and the local Virginia history, but it's a sweet place to bring the kids for a couple of hours.

There are a number of exhibits that feature in the museum. Fascinating decoys from the 1950s, various artworks, and contemporary decoys are all on display in the main gallery. 

Wonder how those intricate and lifelike carvings were made? Just keep going to the Carving Room and you'll see! One of the carvers will be there and you'll be able to watch him demonstrate how he uses his skills and techiniques as he actually begins to carve his own wildfowl.

If there isn't a caver on hand when you visit, you can still look through the phases of carving, from beginning right through to finished product.

If he IS there, then kids - ask all the questions you want! He is there to teach you about his craft and answer any queries you might have about what he's doing. (Maybe it will inspire you to get creative once you get home!)

There are beautiful art works to check out, and even a boathouse and library seperate from the main cottage, which is actually Virginia Beach's FIRST library! History right at your feet!

The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is definitely something unique against all the other attractions in Virginia Beach (and possibly the country!) that will make for a relaxing family day out for any kids that love art, history, and birds.

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree as far as we know!

When can we go?

Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm / Sun Noon - 5pm.

Closed Mondays except Memorial Day weekend through to Sept. (When it's open 10am - 5pm)

Any Top Tips?

The museum sometimes have events for those who love the museum, as well as seasonal events like the Annual Christmas dinner which raise money for to continue the museum's work. .

Can I get one of those?

If you come away from your experience just loving those wildfowl, make sure you stop at the gift shop on your way out. They have carvings from some of the best carvers in the area, as well as an incredible range of antiques and decoys. Birds galore! .

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    I love it!!!! it's beautiful and people are extremely friendly!!!

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