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Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia

221 High St
Portsmouth, VA 23704   Directions

(757) 393-8393


The Children's Museum of Virginia offers entertaining fun for all ages. While the focus of many of the exhibits and attractions are geared toward educating kids about the arts and sciences, bigger kids (including mom and dad) will no doubt enjoy experiencing the various activities that the venue offers. Some of the many highlights include interactive exhibits about paleontology, dental hygiene, nutrition, art, music, communications technology, sculpture and much more. For more interactive fun, the little ones will jump at the chance to get on board the kid-sized submarine, lobster boat and space shuttle. And even the smaller children won't be left out, as there is an excellent hands-on section for toddlers.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

1 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510   Directions

(757) 322-2987


The United States Navy has been a vital part of life in Norfolk for generations. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum does an impressive job of collecting the Navy's history and contributions to the growth and prosperity of the area. Those stories are what fill the museum in various forms. They include hundreds of artifacts, including more than 60 ship models, uniforms and vintage instruments used for navigation. Through fascinating exhibits and attractions, the museum chronicles 220 years of the Navy's history in the Hampton Roads region, which is considered to be the Navy's most important port.

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Hermitage Museum and Gardens

7637 N Shore Rd
Norfolk, VA 23505   Directions

(757) 423-2052


Go on a multicultural adventure when you visit the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. This museum is housed in a 1908 Tudor style home on a twelve acre estate along the Lafayette River. Within its walls, you will discover an amazingly eclectic collection of Western and Asian art. Numerous cultures are represented, with some dating all the way back to 200 BC. Marvel at attractions and exhibits that features English and European paintings and ceramics as well as Chinese bronze statues, Persian rugs, French and Italian textiles, and ivory carvings, among many other stunning pieces.

Lightship Portsmouth Museum

Lightship Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth, VA

(757) 393-8591


The Lightship Portsmouth Museum tells the story of this retired lightship that was built in 1915 and is now a National Historic Landmark as well as a history-laden maritime museum. The "Portsmouth" was launched in 1916 then went through some reconstruction and was relaunched in 1926. After several years of service as well as collision damage, the vessel was finally retired in 1964. Three years later it was donated to the city and has undergone extensive renovation and repair that has restored this impressive ship to its original glory.

Nauticus

Nauticus

1 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510   Directions

(757) 664-1000


Norfolk's Nauticus, The National Maritime Center marks the significance and value of Chesapeake Bay's fragile ecosystem. Engaging exhibits and attractions shine a light on the fascinating marine life that inhabits the waters that bring so much life to the area. The Battleship Wisconsin and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum are also located in the Nauticus Center. It is a truly memorable way to learn about the importance of Norfolk's natural resources and the role they played in its impressive Naval history.

Willoughby-Baylor House

Willoughby-Baylor House

601 E Freemason St
Norfolk, VA 23510   Directions

(757) 664-6200


Travel back in time to get a taste of what life was like in Norfolk in the 1700s when you visit the Willoughby-Baylor House. Constructed in 1794, this federal townhouse tells the story of the city's beginnings through the creative use of its décor and ambiance. The house museum and its property also features a lovely flower and herb garden as well as other interesting amenities that help paint a classic picture of how Norfolk's forefathers lived.

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