Museums
in Virginia Beach, VA (showing 1 - 6 out of 6)

Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

Adam Thoroughgood House

1636 Parish Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions

(757) 385-5100

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History is still standing in Virginia Beach. It is here in the form of the still awe-inspiring Adam Thoroughgood House. This impressive structure was built in 1680 and has the distinction of being the oldest brick home in the country. Visitors who take the small informal tours will learn about the house's English architecture as well as its one-of-a-kind surroundings that include herb and flower gardens.

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia

2200 Parks Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions

(757) 425-0000

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The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia is a popular destination for both artists and art lovers of all ages. Not only is it a place where art is celebrated and highlighted with due respect, but it is also a wellspring of inspiration and encourages creativity in many ways. Of course, the many famous paintings and other pieces that are housed here are quite noteworthy, but the museum also offers classes, lectures and seminars that are all designed to foster a deeper appreciation for art and all that it offers.

Dinosaur Discovery Trail

524 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601   Directions

(757) 534-7481

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There is no question that dinosaurs capture the imaginations of people of all ages. What is known about these compelling prehistoric creatures is equal parts fact and imagination. Those two elements are brilliantly combined and displayed at the Dinosaur Discovery Trail. Guests will marvel at the lifelike detail that has gone into the creation of these unforgettable exhibits. The museum is presented in an amphitheater that features five automated dinosaurs as well as a 40 minute cinematic production that gives even more detailed information about these amazing creatures.

Francis Land House

3131 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452   Directions

(757) 385-5100

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The two of you will enjoy escaping the present and journeying to Virginia Beach's dramatic past when you plan a romantic date at the Francis Land House Historic Site. This is a 200-year-old plantation home that has been restored down to the last detail and is open for guided tours and special events. Each room in the house is decorated to reflect the furniture and other items of the period, complete with stunning antiques and reproductions that offer visitors a rare opportunity to peer into how the gentry class of the area used to live.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451   Directions

(757) 385-3474

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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers visitors not only a chance to get familiar with some of the ocean's most amazing creatures, but to also get closer to them. In addition to offering various seasonal whale and dolphin watching tours, the facility also provides something even more unique. When the aquarium's researchers bring back the assorted haul of various fish and invertebrates from their latest deep sea collection trips, you can be there to see what unusual creatures they have brought back for further study. There is also an opportunity to take a pontoon trip around the Owls Creek Salt Marsh.

Virginia Legends Walk

484 Viking Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23452   Directions

(757) 463-4500

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Get a totally different perspective of some of Virginia's most notable natives when you experience the Virginia Legends Walk. This unique walkway commemorates the work of some of the most influential Virginians like Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas MacArthur, Robert E. Lee, and Arthur Ashe, just to name a few. It was inaugurated in 1999 and new names are regularly added to this fitting and entertaining tribute.

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