Hampton Roads Museums Guide




If Hampton Roads is a playground, the region's museums are its jungle gyms and tree forts. We're blessed by a stunning variety of museums—both the traditional and the unique and eclectic— many of which are considered to be among the best institutions of their kind in the nation.

We've divided area museums into four categories to make it easier to find your ideal destination. In "Area and American History and Culture," you'll find places celebrating our rich tie to history. In "Art," you'll find some of the best collections and special exhibitions on the East Coast. "Nautical" pays homage to our sea faring heritage. And "Science, Technology and Nature" includes everything from space science to a hands-on children's museum.

By Michael Jon Khandelwal

HISTORY AND CULTURE

Aberdeen Gardens Historic Museum
57 N. Mary Peake Blvd., Hampton,
757-826-8231, www.hfag.org

Adam Thoroughgood House
1636 Parish Rd., Virginia Beach,
757-431-4000,
www.virginiabeachhistory.org/houses.html

The Armed Forces Memorial
Town Point Park, Norfolk,
757-664-6620

Bacon's Castle
465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry,
757-357-5976, www.apva.org/baconscastle

Barrier Islands Center
7295 Young St., Machipongo,
757-678-5550, www.barrierislandscenter.com

Boykin's Tavern Museum
17130 Monument Circle, Isle of Wight,
757-365-9771, www.smithfield-virginia.com

Cannonball Trail
401 E. Freemason St., Norfolk,
757-664-6620

Cape Charles Museum And Welcome Center
814 Randolph Lane, Cape Charles,
757-331-1008, www.smallmuseum.org/capechas.htm

Casemate Museum At Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe, Hampton,
757-788-3391, www.monroe.army.mil

Colonial National Historical Park At Yorktown
Off Route 17 at the eastern terminus of Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, 757-898-2410,
www.nps.gov/york

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg,
800-HISTORY, www.history.org

Eastville Courthouse Buildings
16404 Courthouse Rd., Eastville,
804-648-1889, www.apva.org/eastvillecourthouse

Endview Plantation
362 Yorktown Rd., Newport News,
757-887-1862, www.endview.org

Ferry Plantation House
4136 Cheswick Lane,
Virginia Beach, 757-473-5182,
www.ferryplantation.org

Fort Boykin Historic Park
7410 Ft. Boykin Terr., Isle of Wight,
757-357-0115, www.smithfieldvirginia.com

Fort Huger
15080 Talcott Terr., Isle of Wight,
757-357-0115, www.smithfieldvirginia.com

Fort Norfolk
801 Front St., Norfolk,
757-640-1720, www.norfolkhistorical.org/fort

Francis Land House Historic Site
3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach,
757-385-5100, www.virginiabeachhistory.org/land.html

Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, 757-727-1610,
www.hampton.gov/history_museum

Hampton University Museum
Huntington Building, Hampton University,
Hampton, 757-727-5308, museum.hamptonu.edu

Hill House
211 North St., Portsmouth, 757-393-0241

Hunter House Victorian Museum
240 W. Freemason St., Norfolk, 757-623-9814, www.hunterhousemuseum.org

Historic Jamestowne
Colonial Pkwy., Jamestown,
757-229-1733, www.historicjamestowne.org

Historic St. Luke's Church
14477 Benn's Church Blvd., Smithfield, 757-357-3367,
www.historicstlukes.org

Isle Of Wight County Museum
103 Main St., Smithfield,
757-356-1223, www.smithfield-virginia.com

Jamestown Settlement
2218 Jamestown Rd., Jamestown, 757-253-4838, www.historyisfun.org

Jewish Museum And Cultural Center
607 Effingham St., Portsmouth,
757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org

Ker Place
69 Market St., Onancock, 757-787-8012, www.kerplace.org

Lee Hall Mansion
163 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, 757-888-3371, www.leehall.org

Lynnhaven House
4405 Wishart Rd., Virginia Beach,
757-460-7109, www.virginiabeachhistory.org/houses.html

Macarthur Memorial
Macarthur Square, Norfolk,
757-441-2965, www.macarthurmemorial.org

Moses Myers House
323 E. Freemason streets, Norfolk,
757-664-6200, www.chrysler.org

Museum Of Military History
701 Court St., Portsmouth, 757-393-2773

The Newsome House Museum And Cultural Center
2803 Oak Ave., Newport News,
757-247-2360, www.newsomehouse.org

The Norfolk History Museum At The Willoughby-Baylor House
601 E. Freemason St., Norfolk,
757-441-1526, www.chrysler.org

Ocean View Station Museum
111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk
, 757-531-0445, www.ovsm.org

Norfolk Police & Fire- Rescue Museum
401 E. Freemason St., Norfolk,
757-441-1526, www.norfolk.gov/police/museum.asp

The Old Courthouse Of 1750
130 Main St., Smithfield,
757-356-9016, www.smithfield-virginia.com

Poquoson Museum
968 Poquoson Blvd., Poquoson,
757-868-6830, www.poquosonmuseum.com

Prentiss House/Suffolk Visitor Center
321 N. Main St., Suffolk,
757-923-3880, www.suffolk-fun.com

Riddick's Folly
510 North Main St. ,Suffolk, 757-934-0822, www.riddicksfolly.org

The Schoolhouse Museum
516 Main St., Smithfield, 757-365-4789,
www.theschoolhousemuseum.com

Smith's Fort Plantation
217 Smith Fort Lane, Surry,
757-294-3872, www.apva.org/smithsfortplantation

Suffolk Museum
118 Bosley Ave., Suffolk, 757-923-2371,
www.museumsusa.org/data/museums/VA/107769.htm

U.S. Army Transportation Museum
300 Washington Blvd., Besson Hall, Fort Eustis,
Newport News, 757-878-1115,
www.transchool.lee.army.mil/

Museum Virginia Legends Walk
13th Street at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach,
757-463-4500, www.va-legends.com

The Virginia Sports Hall Of Fame And Museum
206 High St., Portsmouth, 757-393-8031, www.vshfm.com

Virginia War Museum
Huntington Park, 9285 Warwick Blvd., Newport
News, 757-247-8523, www.warmuseum.org

York County Historical Museum
301 & 408 Main St., Yorktown, 757-890-3508,
www.yorkcounty.gov/ychm

Yorktown Victory Center
260 Water St., Route 1020, Yorktown,
757-593-4682, www.historyisfun.org

 

ART

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
325 W. Francis St., Williamsburg,
757-220-7670, www.colonialwilliamsburg.org

The Arts Center @ 319
319-A Main St., Smithfield,
757-357-7707, www.smithfieldarts.org

The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, 757-727-1490,
www.hamptonarts.net

The Chrysler Museum Of Art
245 West Olney Rd., Norfolk, 757-664-6200,
www.chrysler.org

Contemporary Art Center Of Virginia
2200 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach,
757-425-0000, www.cacv.org

Courthouse Galleries Of The Portsmouth Museums
420 High St., Portsmouth,
757-393-8543, www.courthousegalleries.com

d'ART Center
Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main St., Norfolk,
757-625-4211, www.d-artcenter.org

Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg,
757-229-1000, www.colonialwilliamsburg.org

The Hermitage Museum And Gardens
7637 North Shore Rd., Norfolk,
757-423-2052, www.hermitagefoundation.org

Muscarelle Museum Of Art
Lamberson Hall, Jamestown Road, College of
William and Mary, 757-221-2700, www.wm.edu/muscarelle

Peninsula Fine Arts Center
101 Museum Dr., Newport News,
757-596-8175, www.pfac-va.org

Portlock Galleries at SoNo
3815 Bainbridge Blvd., Chesapeake,
757-502-4901, www.portlockgalleries.com

Rawls Museum Arts
22376 Linden St., Courtland,
757-653-0754, www.rawlsarts.com

Visual Arts Center Gallery
TCC, 340 High St., Portsmouth,
757-822-1888, www.tcc.edu/visarts

Williamsburg Visual Arts Center
219 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg,
757-229-4949, www.thiscenturyartgallery.org

NAUTICAL
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum
One Waterside Dr., Norfolk,
757-322-2987 www.hrnm.navy.mil

Lightship Portsmouth Museum
Water and London streets, Portsmouth,
757-393-8741, www.portsnavalmuseums.com

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Dr., Newport News,
757-596-2222, www.mariner.org

Museum Of Chincoteague Island
7125 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague,
757-336-6117, www.chincoteaguechamber.com

Nauticus And Battleship Wisconsin
One Waterside Dr., Norfolk,
757-664-1000, 800-664-108,www.nauticus.org

Naval Station Norfolk
9079 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, 757-444-7955,
cnic.navy.mil/norfolksta

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse
583 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach,
757-422-9421, www.apva.org/capehenry

The Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach,
757-422-1587, www.oldcoastguardstation.com

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
2 High St., Portsmouth,
757-393-8591, www.portsnavalmuseums.com

Waterman's Museum
309 Water St., Yorktown,
757-887-2641, www.watermans.org

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & NATURE

Air Power Park And Museum
413 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton,
757-727-1163, www.hamptoncvb.com

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum At DeWitt Cottage
1113 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach,
757-437-8432, www.awhm.org

Chesapeake Arboretum
624 Oak Grove Rd., Chesapeake,
757-382-7060, www.chesarbor.com

Chesapeake Bay Center
2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, 757-412-2300

Chesapeake Planetarium
Chesapeake Municipal Center, Cedar Road, Chesapeake, 757-547-STAR,
eclipse.cps.k12.va.us/department/planetarium

Children's Museum Of Virginia
221 High St., Portsmouth,
757-393-5258, www.childrensmuseumva.com

Chippokes Farm And Forestry Museum
Route 634 off Route 10, Surry, 757-294-3439,
757-294-3439, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chf.shtml

Eastern Shore Railway Museum
18468 Dunne Ave., Parksley, 757-665-7245

Fred Heutte Center
1000 Botetourt Gardens, Norfolk,
757-441-2513, www.fredheutte.org

Military Aviation Museum
1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach,
757-721-7767, www.MilitaryAviationMuseum.org

Nasa Visitors Center At Wallops Flight Facility
Bldg. J-17, Wallops Island, 757-824-1344,
www.sites.wff.nasa.gov/vc

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk,
757-441-5830, www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum And 4-D Theatre
1735 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg,
757-220-9220, www.WilliamsburgRipleys.com

Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
326 N. Main St., Suffolk,
757-923-4750, www.suffolktrainstation.org

Southampton Agriculture & Forestry Museum
26135 Heritage Lane, Courtland, 757-653-9554

Virginia Air And Space Center
600 Settlers Landing,
Hampton, 757-727-0900, www.vasc.org

Virginia Aquarium And Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach,
757-385-3474, www.virginiaaquarium.com

Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News,
757-595-1900, www.thevlm.org

Virginia Zoo
3500 Granby St., Norfolk,
757-441-2374, www.virginiazoo.org

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