Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum houses a wide collection of wildfowl arts and artifacts considered to be the finest in The Hampton Roads. Aside from these, the museum also displays a number of old bird decoys by well known turn of the century carvers. Located in the historic de Witt Cottage in Virginia Beach, the museum remains one of the ideal settings for any artworks on wildfowl that migrate through Eastern Virginia annually.
The museum's Art Gallery contains a total of six exhibits on various decoys, paintings and bird carvings done by various artists. Among the famous exhibits include a waterfowl art by Raymond Bell, a depiction of waterfowl and Labradors by Jane Partin, and a bird painting by Beverly Abbot. A number bird carvings and decoys are showcased in the Main Gallery of the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum done by Pete Peterson, Mark McNair, Bud Coppedge and Reggie Birch.
You can also get to peruse through a myriad of paintings at the Edgar Brown Exhibit depicting the development of Virginia Beach all through the years. The photographs tell the story of the city affording viewers a chance to relive the past and learn about the local history. The museum also boasts a library, which in fact is the first library to be established in Virginia Beach, boasting a literary collection that goes way back to 1930s.
Besides the various indoor exhibits, the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum also offers two outbuildings and a seaside garden area for visitors to enjoy. While the Boathouse section allows visitors to meet and interact with carvers working there daily. The museum also offers carving classes and demonstrations.
For memorabilia and souvenirs, visitors can visit the museums gift shop which offers anything and everything relating to birding and carving - books, art, posters, toy or accessories. People may also purchase hand carved decoys at the shop.
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