Museum Guide on hrScene


Here’s a list of museums in and around Hampton Roads. Everything from the air to land and sea, you will find history, culture, biology and science exhibits all to keep you entertained and informed.

Hampton

Air Power Park
The park features an indoor museum that is currently open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 pm.
The indoor museum features rooms dedicated to the Military Branches of service, a collection of Balsa wood models donated by a local gentleman, and a NASA exhibit that tells all about space exploration. Pets on leashes are allowed outside, not inside.
413 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton, 23669
757-726-0650
http://hampton.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Air-Power-Park-23

Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
The Casemate Museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free and the facility is handicapped accessible. Guided tours for pre-formed groups of 10 or more (school groups grade 3 and above) are available with a two-week notice.
20 Bernard Rd, Hampton, 23651
757-788-3391
http://fortmonroe.org/visit/casemate-museum/

Hampton History Museum
The Hampton History Museum contains an impressive collection. Start your tour in a Kecoughtan Indian longhouse, pass through the hold of a tobacco ship and visit the ruins of the city burned to the ground during the Civil War. Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
120 Old Hampton Ln. Hampton, 23669
757-727-1610
http://hampton.gov/index.aspx?NID=119

Hampton University Museum
Founded in 1868, the The Hampton History Museum is the oldest African-American museum in the U.S. It contains more than 9,000 objects including African-American fine arts, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island and Asian art; and objects relating to the history of the University. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays and major holidays. Admission is free.
Hampton University, 14 Frissell Ave., Hampton, 23669                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         757-727-5308
http://museum.hamptonu.edu/

Virginia Air and Space Center
The Virginia Air & Space Center is the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base. The center features interactive aviation exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, a hands-on space exploration gallery, unique space flight artifacts, and more! Open March 17 – May 20, 2015 Monday-Saturday • 10am to 5pm Sunday • 12pm to 5pm May 21 – September 7, 2015 Monday-Wednesday • 10am to 5pm Thursday-Saturday • 10am to 6pm Sunday • 12pm to 5pm
600 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, 23669                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                757-727-0900
http://www.vasc.org

Newport News

Endview Plantation
Built in 1769 by William Harwood, the ‘T’- frame Georgian-style house renamed Endview in the 1850s, served as a Confederate hospital during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Learn about the history of Endview plantation through tours, exhibits, special events and programs throughout the entire year. Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
362 Yorktown Road, Newport News, 23603
757-887-1862
http://www.endview.org/

James A. Fields House
The mission of the James A. Fields House, Inc. is to promote the historical, educational, and cultural legacy of Americans of African heritage in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia; to support tourism In Virginia; and to restore and preserve the landmark of the first black hospital in the city of Newport News, Virginia (Whittaker Memorial Hospital) through educational programs and historical tours within the Hampton Roads area. Tours by Appointment only. Suggested Donations for admission: $3 Adults, $2 Students, Senior, Military and ages 12 & under, free.
617 27th Street, Newport News, 23607
757-245-1991
http://jamesafieldshouse.blogspot.com/

Lee Hall Depot
Established in 1881, historic Lee Hall Depot is the last remaining station from the C&O Railroad’s expansion into Warwick County, Virginia.  The City of Newport News is restoring the depot to preserve an entity important to the city’s development. The Lee Hall Train Station Foundation is a support group assisting with this effort. All aboard to learn more and become involved!
14421 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, 23608
757-525-7372
http://leehalldepot.org/

Lee Hall Mansion
Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall Mansion was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall offers visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period. Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Monday -Wednesday. Admission $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (7-18).
163 Yorktown Road, Newport News, 23607
757-888-3371
http://www.leehall.org/

Mariners’ Museum
Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, and much more. Open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
100 Museum Dr, Newport News, 23606
757-596-2222
http://www.marinersmuseum.org/

Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center
The Newsome House honors the legacy of Joseph Thomas Newsome by engaging the public in an ongoing study and remembrance of African-American history and culture. Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Special Events may fall outside of these hours. Admission $2 donation.
2803 Oak Avenue, Newport News, 23607
757-247-8950
http://www.newsomehouse.org/

Peninsula Fine Arts Center
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) was established in 1962 by a passionate group of art supporters from the Hampton Roads area looking for opportunities to create and exhibit artwork. It is accredited by the American Association of Art, one of only twenty non-collecting art centers with that recognition. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Closed Monday. Admission for adults $7.50, Seniors, Students, Teachers, AAA and Active Duty Military $6, children ages 6-12 $4, free to kids 6 – under. Group cost is $6 and discounted group costs $5.
101 Museum Drive, Newport News, 23606
757-596-8175
http://www.pfac-va.org/

U.S. Army Transportation Museum
The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is devoted entirely to the history of U.S. Army transportation from colonial days to the present. It offers a unique glimpse of the importance of logistical support to the Army, and is a must when visiting the Virginia Peninsula. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and Sundays. Admission is free and there is plenty of parking.
300 Washington Blvd. Besson Hall, Fort Eustis, 23604
757-878-1115
http://www.transportation.army.mil/museum/index.html

Virginia Living Museum
Visitors to the Living Museum encounter more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia. The exhibits showcase all of the state’s regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species. Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $20 adults, $15 children (3-12).
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, 23601
757-595-1900
http://thevlm.org/

Virginia War Museum
American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. Open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Admission $8 adults, $7 seniors and active duty military, $6 ages 7-18, age 7 – under free. AAA members receive $1 off.
9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, 23607
757-247-8523
http://www.warmuseum.org/index.php

Norfolk

Chrysler Museum

More than 10,000 pieces of art including glass, European and American painting and sculpture, modern art, ancient world art, contemporary art, decorative arts and photography. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Open every third Thursday of the month until 10 p.m. for special programming and activities. Free general admission every day.
One Memorial Place, Norfolk, 23510
757-664-6200
http://www.chrysler.org/

Fort Norfolk
Fort Norfolk is the last remaining of 19 harbor-front forts authorized in 1794 by President George Washington. The fort’s four-acre site overlooks the Elizabeth River and includes earthwork embankments, ramparts, a dungeon, officers’ quarters, powder magazine, barracks, and guardhouse. Most structures in the fort date to 1810. Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
801 Front Street, Norfolk, 23510
757-754-2004
https://norfolkhistoricalsociety.wildapricot.org/ftnorfolk/

Hampton Roads Naval Museum
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an official museum of the United States Navy and reports to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C. The museum is dedicated to the study of 235 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region. The museum assists the City of Norfolk and Nauticus: The National Maritime Center with docent training and management of the small artifact collection concerning the battleship Wisconsin. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, 23510
757-322-2987
http://www.history.navy.mil/museums/hrnm/index.html

Hermitage Foundation Museum and Gardens
The museum is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years. The Hermitage is home to the arts. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community, as envisioned by the Sloane family. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. House tours 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, college students $5 with ID, Active Duty and Children under 5 free.
7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, 23505
757-423-2052
http://www.thehermitagemuseum.org/

Hunter House Victorian Museum
Furniture, decorations, paintings and curios, the Hunter House is a museum and example of American Victorian Architecture. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $1 for children.
240 W. Freemason Street, Norfolk, 23510
757-623-9814
http://www.hunterhousemuseum.org/

MacArthur Memorial Museum
The MacArthur Memorial is a museum and research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. Situated in downtown Norfolk, VA the Memorial consists of a museum, archive and research center, education center, theater, welcome center, and a gift shop. A visit to the Memorial will allow you to explore the life of one of America’s greatest and most complex leaders. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
198 Bank Street, Norfolk, 23510
757-441-2965
http://www.macarthurmemorial.org/

Moses Myers House
The Moses Myers House was one of the first brick homes built-in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War, during which saw most of the town leveled by British bombardment and subsequent fire. The home contains a remarkable number of furnishings original to the family. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Call for more information.
One Memorial Place, Norfolk, 23510                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            757-664-6200
http://www.chrysler.org/about-the-museum/historic-houses/the-moses-myers-house/

Nauticus
Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more! Open Memorial Day – Labor Day 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rest of the year Closed Mondays, Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon- 5 p.m. Admission for adults $15.95 Basic Ticket, $35.95 for Gold Ticket. Click here for various prices for members, kids, seniors and military.
One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, 23510
757-664-1000
http://www.nauticus.org/

Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House
The Willoughby-Baylor House, the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum, now features a display of art and artifacts related to the history of one of America’s original heritage port cities. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free.
One Memorial Place, Norfolk, 23510
757-664-6200
http://www.chrysler.org/about-the-museum/historic-houses/willoughby-baylor-house/

Norfolk Southern Museum
Get an up-close view of a 900-pound railroad coupler and sit in a locomotive simulator at the NS Museum. Exhibits highlight company history and artifacts, including sections of Civil War-era track, vintage hand tools, and diagrams to teach hand signals to railroad trainees. Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
3 Commercial Place Ground Floor, Norfolk, 23510
http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/the-norfolk-southern-story/norfolk-southern-museum.html

Suffolk

Riddick’s Folly
The mission of Riddick’s Folly is to provide a tangible link to our community’s history through the portrayal of the 19th century Riddick family home. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. Open Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, seniors and active-duty military $6, Students 6-18 $3, Children (5 and under) free. Group rates available.
510 N. Main St, Suffolk, 23434
757-934-0822
http://riddicksfolly.org

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
The museum contains a collection of items from the Seaboard Airline Railroad, the Virginian Railway, the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and the Atlantic and Danville Railroad. Items include bells from steam locomotives, a light from a steam locomotive tender, cast iron and concrete signs, railroad lanterns, railroad tools, as well as a nice collection of smaller items. Open Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
326 N. Main Street, Suffolk, 23434
757-923-4750
http://www.suffolktrainstation.org/

Shooting Star Gallery
In a tradition of supporting local artists, Shooting Star also offers archival framing, fine art, and unique gifts. Shooting Star Gallery has been the premiere exhibitor of original works from a diverse group of artists for more than 15 years. Open Thursday – Saturday Noon – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday framing consultations by appointment. Call for more information.
120 Market Street, Onancock, 23417
757-641-8861
http://www.shooting-star-gallery.com/

Chesapeake

Chesapeake Planetarium
Chesapeake Planetarium is the first planetarium constructed in Virginia by a public school system. It was designed as a teaching aid for the school system, but has been made available to the general public as well. More than 50,000 students and adults visit the planetarium each year to view educational programs. Due to limited seating, reservations are necessary. Call for more information.
Chesapeake Municipal Center, 312 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, 23320
757-547-0153 for reservations (call between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays)
https://cpschools.com/planetarium/

Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways
The construction of the Battlefield Historic Park & Visitor Center will assure that generations to come will be able to learn about the rich history of both the Battle of Great Bridge and the waterways of our region. Visit the website for upcoming events and more information.
1775 Historic Way, Chesapeake, 23320
757-482-4480
http://www.gbbattlefield.org/index.htm

Genex Showcase Miniature Museum
This museum will offer a miniature version of the Smithsonian Institution and will include displays not seen in any museum, anywhere. It will consist of more than 100 displays from the beginning of time to the present. The downturn in the economy has restricted many families from enjoying a new and different museum setting. This museum will offer a Smithsonian type, but unique experience for all visitors from across the country and from many other nations. Call for more information.
1609 Dockyard Landing, Chesapeake, 23321
757-488-5263
http://www.genexcompany.com/miniaturemuseum.html

Portsmouth

Children’s Museum of Virginia
“It’s the only museum where you can come and touch things. [At other museums] you have to walk around, keep your hands in your pockets. Here we say go up, touch it, play with it, push it, figure out what makes it work.” Exhibits, Family Fun Days, classes, camps and birthday parties. Tuesday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults 18 and up $11, ages 2-17 $10, Military and Seniors $10, Children under two free.
221 High Street, Portsmouth, 23704
757-393-5258
http://www.childrensmuseumva.com/

Hill House
The Hill House was built as a private residence in 1820. It was home to three generations of Hills and in the 1960’s was left to the Portsmouth Historical Association(PHA) by its last occupant, Miss Evelyn Hill. Miss Hill left the contents of the home, which were acquired by all three generations to the PHA as well. Open Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $5
221 North St., Portsmouth, 23704
757-393-0241
http://www.virginia.org/Listings/HistoricSites/TheHillHouseinOldeTownePortsmouth/

Lightship Portsmouth Museum
Built in 1915 and began service as part of the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1916. In 1964, the lightship was retired to Portsmouth, VA. In 1989, the Lightship Portsmouth was designated a National Historic Landmark. Now a museum, the ship’s quarters are fitted out realistically and filled with fascinating artifacts, uniforms, photographs, models, and more. Open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Located at the foot of Water and London Streets, Portsmouth, VA 23704                                                                                                                                                                                                                               757-393-8591
http://www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com/lightship/index.html 

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.
400 High Street, Portsmouth, 23704
Phone: 757-393-8543
http://portsmouthartcenter.com/

Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum
The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum celebrates African American history through exhibitions, programs and events which chronicle how a small community library enriched Portsmouth from 1945-1963. The Museum salutes and recognizes the significance of Portsmouth’s African American trailblazers and organizations.
Admission is by donation.
904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        757-393-8591
http://www.portsvaafricanamericanheritage.com

Virginia Beach

Adam Thoroughgood House
Visit the Thoroughgood House to hear the great success story of Adam Thorowgood, one of Virginia’s first colonists. Learn about the house Argall and Susannah Thorowgood built and what makes it so extraordinary. See the special touches added by John Thorowgood and tour the passage and parlor, furnished as they might have been when John lived there. Finally, follow the house in pictures up to the present and find out what—and how—we are continuing to learn about this historic treasure. Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.) Admission for adults $8, Seniors $7, students $5 (including college students with school ID), Children under age 6 are free.
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, 23452
757-385-5100
http://www.museumsvb.org/room/thoroughgood-house/

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
The museum features an introductory area, main gallery, contemporary gallery, carving area, art gallery, Edgar T. Brown Virginia Beach History Area and points of interest outside the cottage. The mission is to preserve, perpetuate and exhibit historic waterfowl artifacts and wildfowling history of the region and to actively promote interest in the wildfowl arts. Memorial Day – September 30, Mondays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays noon – 5 p.m. October 1 until Memorial Day Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission to galleries is $2 per adult (16 and older), children are always free. Donations are appreciated.
1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, 23451
757-437-8432
http://www.awhm.org/

Cape Henry Lighthouse
The first federally funded lighthouse, was built to guide maritime commerce at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay standing near the “First Landing” site where English settlers arrived in 1607. It is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States. Hours
January 3 – March 15 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 17th – October 31 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. November 1 – December 30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $8, Military, AAA and Seniors (60+) $7, Students $6, $5 for youth  (must be 42″ tall call for info).
583 Atlantic Ave., Fort Story, 23459
757-422-9421
http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/cape-henry-lighthouse

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community. Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Adults $7.70, students/seniors 65+/military $5.50. Children 5 and up are students, 4 and under are free.
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, 23451
757-425-0000
http://www.virginiamoca.org/

Ferry Plantation House
Ferry Plantation House is a 1830 brick structure (once covered with oyster shell stucco) with a ten-room central passage plan. It’s an example of a Federal farm-house, built by slave labor, and faces the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River as the last witness to the rich past of the site’s recorded history. The third courthouse, which was also the first brick courthouse in the county, was on this site; the stately Walke mansion, circa 1751, was destroyed by fire in 1828. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and military with ID and children ages 5-12, free to ages 5 and under.
4136 Cheswick Lane, Virginia Beach, 23455
757-473-5182
http://www.ferryplantationva.net/

Francis Land House
Tours of the Francis Land House consider plantation life; the roles of the household members, both free and enslaved; Federal style; and ways that the formation of the new nation affected private lives. Tour guides also discuss the colorful history of the house in the 20th century, when it functioned as the Rose Hall Dress Shop. Tours are given hourly on the half hour. March and April: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday March 3, 10, 24, April 14, 21, 28, 12 noon – 4 p.m. Saturday March 17 and April 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May and June: Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.) Call for more information.
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, 23452
757-385-5100
http://www.museumsvb.org/room/francis-land-house/

Lynnhaven House
Today the Lynnhaven House is furnished as a historic house museum to interpret the period Francis Thelaball and his family lived there, from 1725 to 1727. Guided tours discuss the roles of the household members–Francis, his wife Abigail, their five sons, an apprentice, and several enslaved people–as well as the Tidewater world of the early 18th century. Tours are given hourly on the half hour. Call for more information.
4405 Wishart Road, Virginia Beach, 23455
757-460-1688
http://virginiabeachhistory.org/lynnhouse.html

Military Aviation Museum
The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world.
Each has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year. Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for active duty military,  $7.50 for ages 6-17, free for ages 6 and under.
1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, 23457
757-721-7767
http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/

Old Coast Guard Station Museum
The Old Coast Guard Station honors and preserves the history of Virginia’s coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Station’s exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach Community and extends to subjects related to Virginia’s oceanfront, coastal and water related heritage. Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Winter Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, ages 6-15 $5 and 6 under is free.
24th Street & Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, 23451
757-422-1587
http://www.oldcoastguardstation.com/Default.aspx

Upper Wolfsnare
A visit to the house and grounds of Upper Wolfsnare will take you back in time to the day when the Walke family was in residence. The lane to the house is lined with crepe myrtles which help provide a feeling of the country life in colonial Virginia.  Trees, flowers and herbs of the house yard provide a pleasant setting for this impressive house. Open in July and August on Wednesdays from noon – 4 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students grades K-12.
2040 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, 23454
757-491-3490
http://virginiabeachhistory.org/upperwolfsnarehouse.htm

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Come explore more than 800,000 gallons of one of the best aquariums and live animal habitats in the country! Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, Owls Creek Path, and marshlands. Plus you won’t want to miss our National Geographic 3D Theater. Of course, with a screen so tall and wide, the National Geographic 3D Theater would be impossible to miss! Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aquarium Admission $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for ages 3-11, $27.95 for seniors.
717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, 23451
757-385-FISH (3474)
http://www.virginiaaquarium.com/

Isle of Wight

The Cultural Arts Center
Our four programs deliver artful contributions to our community. Take in an exhibit, visit working artists in their studios, enjoy a concert – an eclectic mix on a summer evening, singer-songwriters in the intimate Smithfield Little Theatre, a professional or future star of classical music. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday, noon – 4 on Sunday.
319 Main Street, Smithfield VA 23430
757-357-7707
http://www.smithfieldarts.org/

Isle of Wight County Museum
The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded in 1976 by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of county history. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and colonial artifacts, a country store and displays regarding the ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday. $2 admission for adults.
103 Main Street, Smithfield, 23430                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      757-356-1223
http://www.co.isle-of-wight.va.us/historic-resources/isle-of-wight-county-museum/

Boykin’s Tavern Museum
Boykin’s Tavern is named for Francis Boykin, who served as a lieutenant with Patrick Henry and later camped with George Washington at Valley Forge. Boykin’s Tavern is open for self-guided tours Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment on Saturdays. Guided tours are available upon request and with sufficient notice. Cost is $5 per person/$20 minimum.
17146 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight, 23487
757-357-5182
http://www.historicisleofwight.com/boykins-tavern.html

Schoolhouse Museum
This African-American History Museum of Public Education was built-in 1932 as an addition to an original Rosenwald School, one of 5,000 built across the south to educate black children. The building was originally located in Chuckatuck, in the eastern part of Isle of wight County, but was moved to its present location in Historic Downtown Smithfield in 2008. Open Friday – Saturday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and other times by appointment.
516 Main Street, Isle of Wight, 23431
757-365-4789
http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Museums/SchoolhouseMuseum/

Surry

Bacon’s Castle
The nation’s only surviving High Jacobean structure. Built in 1665, it is the oldest brick dwelling in the United States. It was occupied during the political uprising in 1676, led by Nathaniel Bacon. Oldest English formal garden in North America. Memorial Day to Labor Day hours Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 2 through December 2018 Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $10, $9 for senior citizens, military and AAA members, $7 for students, free to children 6 and under.
465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry, 23883
757-357-5976
http://preservationvirginia.org/index.php/visit/historic-properties/bacons-castle

Chippokes Farm & Forestry Museum
“Imagine” living on a farm in rural Virginia in 1850. Visit the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum and see for yourself how our ancestors endured this rugged life. Chippokes, one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the country, is endowed with thousands of artifacts. Many have been generously donated so that the story of Virginia’s agriculture and forestry communities may be told. Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas. Admission is free, but parking fees may be in effect.
868 Plantation Rd., Surry, VA 23883
757-294-3439
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-farm-museum.shtml

Smith’s Fort Plantation
Smith’s Fort Plantation is nestled on the south side of the James River, located on the site of Captain John Smith’s planned “New Fort”, on the land given by Chief Powhatan as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe. The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings from the late 16th through the early 18th centuries. Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $10, AAA members, military and seniors $9, $7 for students, free to children 6 and under.
217 Smith Fort Lane, Surry, 23883
757-294-3872
http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/smiths-fort-plantation

Eastern Shore

NASA Visitor Center, Wallops Island
Wallops Flight Facility, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, was established in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics as a center for aeronautic research. Today, Wallops is NASA’s principal facility for management and implementation of suborbital research programs. July 1 – August 31 Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. September – June Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NASA Wallops Visitor Center, Building J-20, Wallops Island, 23337
757-824-1344
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home

Barrier Islands Center
The mission of the Barrier Islands Center (BIC) is to preserve and perpetuate the unique culture and history of Virginia’s Barrier Islands through education and the collection and interpretation of artifacts. Founded in 1996 and opened to visitors in 2002, the BIC is a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting Virginia’s unique coastal history through free admission to exhibits with over 7,500 artifacts artfully displayed to tell the stories of the men and women who lived, worked and played on the barrier islands. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.
7295 Young St., Machipongo, VA.
757-678-5550
http://www.barrierislandscenter.org/

Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center
The Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center opened in 1996 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting to the public the history of Cape Charles and surrounding areas. It is the hope of the Cape Charles Historical Society that inspiration from the richness of its past will help guide Cape Charles’ renewal and growth. Open weekdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. from mid-April until November.
814 Randolph Ave., Cape Charles, 23310
757-331-1008
http://www.smallmuseum.org/capechas.html

Museum of Chincoteague Island
The mission of the Museum of Chincoteague is to collect and preserve the material culture that reflects the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island. We display and interpret those objects to enhance the understanding of various experiences and events from the towns past by preserving objects of significance, along with proper documenting of their history and acquisition, for the use of further generations in understanding the history of Chincoteague Island. Spring Hours (March 23 – May 28) Friday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission $4, children 12 years and younger, active duty military and their families are free.
7125 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague Island, 23336
757-336-6117
http://www.chincoteaguemuseum.com/

Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center
Find information about Tangier Island and the museum on their website.
16215 Main Ridge, Tangier, 23440
302-234-1660
http://www.tangierisland-va.com/

Williamsburg

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
The Folk Art Museum offers changing exhibitions of American folk art from its permanent holdings and museum loan shows. Open daily 10 a.m – 7 p.m. daily. Call or go online to purchase tickets.
326 West Francis Street, Williamsburg, 23185
1-855-756-9516
http://history.org/history/museums/abby_art.cfm

Bassett Hall
Bassett Hall, a two-story, 18th century frame house located on 585 acres of gardens and rolling woodlands, is a part of the story of the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. It was in this house that John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller made their home during the early restoration of the Historic Area, a restoration they themselves financed. Call or go online to purchase tickets.
522 East Francis Street, Williamsburg, 23185
1-855-756-9516
http://www.history.org/history/museums/bassett_hall.cfm

Colonial Williamsburg
Special Events, The Revolutionary City, Art Museums, Historic Jamestowne, Restaurants, Shopping, Wellness and Recreation, Kimball Theatre, Tours and Evening Performances
310 S. England St., Williamsburg, 23185
888-965-7254
http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/

Muscarelle Museum of Art
The Muscarelle Museum of Art, located at Lamberson Hall on the campus of The College of William & Mary, is a culturally rich art institution, serving as a dynamic resource for our community, a working laboratory for The College, and a platform for visiting exhibitions and the Museum’s own collection. Open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Admission is $10, free to William & Mary students, members, faculty and staff and children under 12.
603 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, 23185
757-221-2700
http://muscarelle.org/

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Experience four unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, our 4D Movie Theater, Ripley’s Impossible Laserace, and the Catfish Cove Mini-Golf all in one convenient location! Open Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Click here for ticket prices.
1735 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, 23185
757-220-9220
http://www.ripleys.com/williamsburg/

Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center
The art gallery exhibits a wide variety of contemporary paintings, sculpture, and crafts by outstanding regional and national artists. The Gallery, adjacent to Merchants Square and the Historic Area in Williamsburg, Virginia, occupies a unique 1920 Sears Roebuck house that was modernized in the 1980s. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.
110 Westover Avenue, Williamsburg 23185
757-229-4949
http://visitwcac.net/index-1.cfm

Virginia Musical Museum
Virginians played a big part in the development of music. Polk Miller  recorded some of Edison’s first records. The first record to sell over a million copies (The Wreck of the Old 97) was written by a Virginian, Henry Whitter. Black Pattie from Suffolk, Virginia was the first African-American to sing in Carnegie Hall. The Carter Family pioneered country music recordings. Jazz critics agree Ella Fitzgerald was the best vocal improviser ever. Patsy Cline was the first female solo artist inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Join us to see and hear more about our Virginians. Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults $10, Students and Seniors $8, Children $5 and under free.
6316 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, 23188
757-303-5907
http://www.virginiamusicalmuseum.com/

Jamestown

Jamestown Settlement
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th century Virginia; from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. Open all year 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. General admission $17 adults, $8 youth, under 6 years old are free.
2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, 23185
757-253-4838
http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement

Yorktown

Yorktown Victory Center
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th century Virginia; from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. Call for more information.
200 Water St., Yorktown 23690                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    757-253-5299
http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement

Gloucester

Gloucester Museum of History
The Gloucester Museum of History is currently featuring the “Golden Memories” Daffodil Exhibit. Future exhibits include “The Good Old Days” exhibit June through September, the Gloucester Archaeology exhibit during October and November, and the holiday exhibit, “Toys from the Past”, will be featured December 2015 and January 2016. Open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
6539 Main Street, Gloucester, 23061
(804) 693-1234
http://www.gloucesterva.info/MuseumofHistory/tabid/1033/Default.aspx

Pocahontas Museum
Historical artifacts and information relating to Pocahontas, Captain John Smith and the Powhatan Native Americans. Visitors by appointment only. Call for more information.
7335 Lewis Ave., Gloucester Courthouse, 23061
804-815-0988
http://www.ssentinel.com/index.php/rivah/article/museums_and_historic_sites/

Rosewell Plantation
Your visit to Rosewell starts at the Visitor Center. Here you will find treasures which have been unearthed, and the Exhibit Hall which gives you some of the history of Rosewell. A short orientation video gives you a look back at the glorious past and a vision of future goals.
5113 Old Rosewell Road, Gloucester 23061. Call for more information.
804-693-2585
http://www.rosewell.org/home.html

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Visitor Center and Aquarium
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world. Open to the public on weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call for more information.
1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, 23062
804-684-7061
http://www.vims.edu/index.php

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