Museums

Hampton, Virginia
History, Military
Air and Power Museum of Hampton in Hampton, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Newport News, Virginia
Art, Culture, Library, University
The Falk Gallery of Art serves as a showcase for both work by outside visiting artists and also highlights the work of studio art majors in the ArtCNU program. ArtCNU also manages the Ferguson Hall Gallery also located in the Ferguson Center for the Arts.
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
History, Military, Park
Site is available for weddings and Scout camping. Please call our Parks and Recreation Department for information at (757) 357-2291.
Yorktown, Virginia
History
Fort Eustis Historical & Archaeological Association in Yorktown, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Fort Huger   
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
General, History, Military, Park
Fort Huger is a strategic Civil War fort located on a bluff overlooking the James River. This fort, along with Fort Boykin, was established to block the approach by land and river to the Confederate capital in Richmond. In 1861, Confederate engineer Col. Andrew Talcott surveyed several defensive sites along the James River to protect Richmond including Harden's Bluff and nearby Fort Boykin.
Smithfield, Virginia
Isle of Wight Branch - APVA in Smithfield, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Smithfield, Virginia
Culture, History, Historic House, Library
Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact - the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.
Newport News, Virginia
Archaeology, Art, Culture, General, History, Library, Military, Park, Science, Specialized, University
The Mariners' Museum and Park connects people to the world's waterways through exploration and engaging experiences. The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world.
Newport News, Virginia
History
The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center in Newport News, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Newport News, Virginia
Art
Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Newport News, Virginia
Culture, History, Historical Society
The collection of photographs, memorabilia, artifacts, and clothing is housed in the archives at the Jewish Community Center, 2700 Spring Road, Newport News, VA
Fort Eustis, Virginia
History, Military
A large museum that focuses on U.S. Army transportation from Colonial days to the present with full-size equipment, dioramas, and uniforms. Almost 6 acres of outdoor displays feature locomotives, marine craft, planes and trucks. Gift shop on site.
Newport News, Virginia
Aquarium, Arboretum, Archaeology, Botanical Garden, Children's, History, Natural History, Nature Centers, Park, Planetarium, Science, Zoo
View endangered red wolves. Get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. It’s all at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, where living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea
Hampton, Virginia
Library
William E. Rouse Library in Hampton, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Yorktown, Virginia
Archaeology, Culture, General, History, Historic House, Park
York County was originally named Charles River, and was one of the eight original shires formed in 1634. The present name was given in 1643, probably in honor of James, Duke of York, the second son of Charles I. Its area is 123 square miles, and the county seat is Yorktown.
Yorktown, Virginia
Historical Society
York County Historical Society in Yorktown, VA is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.
Yorktown, Virginia
Art
The Yorktown Arts Foundation was established in 1975 and has served our community continuously since that time. The Foundation’s roots began with the Arts Committee of the York County Bicentennial Committee, and the Foundation was established and chartered in November 1975 in order to promote and support the arts for the citizens of York County and the surrounding area.

Day by Day Events

Saturday, June 6, 2020
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa  
The Mariners' Museum and Park    
Newport News, Virginia
Join us for a special commemoration marking the 75th Anniversary of the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa at The Mariners' Museum and Park. Explore the significance of these two historic battles between the United States and Japan in World War II with a special, limited display that respectfully highlights the tactics, weapons, and armies through: - Artifacts - Maps and videos - and more! /////// Come learn how the U.S. strategically orchestrated the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, which came to be called the "typhoon of steel," deploying what was at the time considered the best plan for the U.S. to invade Japan. These fierce conflicts resulted in catastrophic losses, not only for the U.S. military and Japanese Imperial Army, but also for Okinawan civilians.
FREE with $1 Museum admission
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.

Exhibitions

Sat, November 16, 2019 - Mon, September 7, 2020
Toys Ahoy! A Maritime Childhood  
Newport News, Virginia
Adventure is out there! Toys Ahoy! A Maritime Childhood is a new and fun exhibition that connects the young and the young at heart. ///// Most people may not think of toys as museum artifacts, but the toys are a reflection of our ideas of play and childhood. With almost 100 different items on display to excite everyone of all ages, the collection includes: children's books, interactive board games, card games, puzzles, toys such as wood and paper battleships and motorized miniature engines, and many other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. ///// Visitors can fulfill their inner kid joy with family-friendly activities, such as: *Play a larger-than-life game inspired by the Battle of Hampton Roads // *Hop in a sailboat and "experience" life at sea // *Dress up as a scuba diver, pirate, or mermaid with silly hats // *Have fun with lots of puzzles and games // *Hear audio book readings // *View cool videos of toys at play, and more! ///// Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibition as you stroll down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! You can't help but smile and laugh as you reminisce over the incredible items that connect our past to the present, and maybe even get a glimpse into the future at America's National Maritime Museum!
Free with $1 admission
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Wed, January 1 - Mon, September 7, 2020
Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography
Newport News, Virginia
Seizing the Moment, The Evolution of Action Photography features never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers, showing the evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. The Havemeyer Collection includes gelatin silver prints by early 20th-century master marine photographers Edwin Levick and Morris Rosenfeld, as well as work by others. //// Levick and Rosenfeld pushed the limits of the photographic medium, capturing exciting, point-of-view images over a nine-year span. Levick's work often placed the viewer squarely on deck, seemingly as part of the action, while Rosenfeld worked for Levick before he opened his own studio in 1910. //// This one of a kind maritime collection was donated to The Mariners' Museum in 2015 as a significant gift in memory of Horace Havemeyer III, a native of New York and an avid sailor. Havemeyer?s grandfather purchased these photographs from Levick; and over the years, they were passed down to his son and then grandson, Horace III, who founded Metropolis magazine in 1981. He served as its president until his death in 2014. His wife, Eugenie C. Havemeyer, is now at the helm of this publication, which is considered the vanguard of architecture and design today.
Wed, January 1 - Thu, December 31, 2020
Monthly 2nd Sunday Friendly Hours for a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience?   
Newport News, Virginia
Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month! /////// Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. ///// Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming. ////// PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring event that takes place on the second Sunday of every month. Hours are 9AM-11AM from January through May, and September through December. Hours change in the summer for May, June and July from 5PM-7PM.
$1 per person - Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming.
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Mon, March 2 - Mon, December 28, 2020
Maritime Mondays - Every Monday at 10:30 AM  
Newport News, Virginia
Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with $1 Museum admission. Fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.
This program is included in the $1 Museum admission. FREE for Mariners' Museum Members.
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Sun, May 3 - Mon, August 3, 2020
The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival - POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2020 - Dates Pending  
Newport News, Virginia
May 3rd date is being rescheduled. /// Great beer, good food, and live music! The eighth annual Mariners' Craft Beer Festival will feature more than 50 craft beers for tasting from over 20 local, regional, and national breweries in the unique setting of The Mariners' Museum's outdoor courtyards. Breweries will have representatives at each tasting tent to answer questions, and select brewery speakers will give "beer talks" on the hour from 1 - 3 p.m with a special sample at each talk. Live music will be provided by Hey! Hey! Hooligan and Esoteric Ramblers. Local food trucks on site. ///// The Festival will also include one-off beers to taste in the fan-favorite "Cask-Off" competition. A continuing tradition at this event, select breweries will prepare their best version of a cask ale. This unfiltered and unpasteurized beer is traditionally served through a hand pump at around room temperature. Event participants will vote for their favorite cask ale, and the winning brewery will receive a special prize. ///// Advance tickets are $35, and $45 for the day of the event. Members can purchase advance tickets for $30, and non-drinker tickets are available for $15. The ticket price includes a wristband for 20 (4-ounce) tastings, a commemorative tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and admission to the Museum for the day. Visit MarinersMuseum.org/BeerFest for tickets. ///// The brewery lineup for 2020 will include: [as of 2/13/20] Alewerks, Back Bay, Billsburg, Bold Rock, Bull Island, Caiseal, Cape Charles, Devils Backbone, Elysian, Golden Road, Goose Island, Heavy Seas, Larry's Lemonade, New Belgium, New Realm, O'Connor, Oozlefinch, Sly Clyde, Smartmouth, St. George, Starr Hill, That Damn Mary, Tradition, and Wicked Weed. Noon to 5 pm.
Tickets: Advance $35 / Day-of $45 / Non-drinker: $15
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.