The Oyster and Maritime Museum offerse exhibits, including a narrated diorama, depict the history of oystering from the 1600s to the present. Also there are shell collections, tools used by oystermen and displays about predators of the oyster as well as exhibits of the marine life.
The Oyster & Maritime Museum, a non-profit educational institution, is located on Maddox Blvd just before the entrance to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Founded in 1965 by a group of island women, the museum opened in 1972. The museum tells the story of the island history and of the oystering and seafood business which was one of the major industries of the island.