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Members make it happeN!  

BIC members experience the Museum and the many Educational and Cultural programs in a special way. Members will enjoy our quarterly newsletter, invitations to exciting opportunities (including an advance opportunity to purchase tickets to our sell-out Annual Oyster Roast), 10% discount in our museum shop, and, most importantly, a personal connection with the rich past of Virginia's Eastern Shore. 

Your support as a BIC member or gift membership donor provides critical support for important educational and cultural programs that enrich the lives of so many children and adults on the Eastern Shore, across the region and beyond.  

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The BIC is pleased to consider your authentic artifact or photo from the Barrier Islands as a gift or loan to the museum. While we are unable to accept every item due to limited space, we would love to learn more about any artifact you might have - as well as the stories behind them. Please contact Museum Director Monika Bridgforth to discuss your artifact. 


Do you have an interesting first-hand story about life on the Barrier Islands? We'd love to hear it! Do you know someone who tales about those good ol’ days out on the islands? Ask them to share! Please contact the BIC, and consider allowing us to record an oral history. We want to make sure that generations of children and grandchildren can continue to learn about their past. 

The oral history recording studio is also available to those who would like to preserve their personal story for family and friends. 

Jack Brady's Big Catch

Jack Brady's Big Catch


community volunteers

BIC values community volunteers willing to help out at events and gatherings and for general help in the gift shop, back office, museum collections or on the grounds. Please contact Museum Director Monika Bridgforth to let us know your availability and interests.  

student community service

The BIC relies on student volunteers to make our annual events (Oyster Roast, Art & Music on the Farm) a success. BIC also has opportunities throughout the year for students to gain community service hours. Please contact Museum Director Monika Bridgforth to inquire.


BIC offers limited summer and school-year internship opportunities for qualified high school, college and graduate students. Please contact Museum Director Monika Bridgforth to learn about internship availabilities and the application process.