visit to Tangier Island is complete without a visit to the Museum and
Visitors Center. In fact, we recommend that your visit begin with an
orientation visit to the museum.
We welcome all to come and learn about the
history of Tangier and its people and to aid in their
interpretation. THMICC has a museum/visitors center, a walking history
trail, a nature trail and water trails with free use of kayaks and
Come and learn about Tangier's special role in the history of
aviation, our unique language and how we face the challenges of a rising
Bay, a shrinking island and a dwindling population. Learn about how the
British forces used Tangier as a base during the War of 1812, how Billy
Mitchell proved airplanes could sink ships, and how a small island
creates its own recreation and amusement. Get the mud of Tangier's
pristine sandy beach between your toes and you'll always come back!
Admission Fee: $3.00
Under Age 11, Tangier Residents, and Military: Admit
During Off Season:
Call ahead and, if at all possible, we will make arrangements to open
the museum to those visiting the island.
Tangier Island Doctor's Legacy Lives On
Tangier Island - (PDF)
courtesy of Soundings
Enjoy Beautiful Tangier Island
Plan a trip to picturesque
Tangier Island in the middle of
the Chesapeake Bay, where crabbing is the primary occupation.
See some of the most beautiful scenery on the Bay and be warmly
welcomed by a 525 resident fishing village
Experience how crabbers make their living by
going on a waterman's tour. Observe marine birds and other
nature when you traverse the islands creeks using a free kayak.
If you prefer more sedentary activities you can enjoy the quiet
island at one of the bed and breakfasts or visit the new Tangier
History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center.
Listen to the Tangier residents as they converse
in Tangier Talk, a unique dialect derived from our Cornish
ancestry, renown for wonderful phrases and our own way of "talking
backward" or "over the shoulder." First "discovered" by Capt. John
Smith in 1608 but long used as an Indian fishing ground, Tangier
Island prides itself on being the "the
soft shell capital of the world ."
Transportation on Tangier Island consists
primarily of golf carts and bikes. Visitors can rent both. Tangier
residents take pride in their Chesapeake Bay heritage and maintain
a traditional religious life .