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#757 Local Museums – Reopening (Updated)!


Museums Reopening in Hampton Roads Virginia

For those of you who have been missing the local museums and all that they offer – good news! Many sites are reopening in the coming days and weeks!

See our full listings of local Museums and Historical Places in Hampton Roads (by City) – Click HERE.


Hampton History Museum, and Air Power Park reopen to the public with reduced hours on Monday, June 8.

Virginia Air and Space Center – reopening to the public on July 1st. Camps will begin as scheduled on June 22nd. Masks will be required.

Newport News:

Endview Plantation – As of May 22, the grounds are now open to visitors during normal hours. Feel free to hike the nature trail and check out the site’s other features at no cost. 

Lee Hall Mansion – As of May 22, the historic house remains closed, visitors are welcome to stroll the perimeter path around the Mansion to learn about the site’s history. The site is accessible at no cost during normal operating hours.

The Mariners’ Museum Park and the Noland Trail will re-open on Monday, June 15, 2020. The Museum remains closed until further notice.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) will reopen June 16 – June 21 to members only. Reopening June 23rd to the general public. Admission will be $1 through Labor Day. Call ahead at 596-8175 as the number of visitors in the building will be limited at any one time.

The Virginia Living Museum will be reopening on Saturday, June 6, 2020. All staff, volunteers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings. Social distancing will be enforced and there is a limited capacity per official state guidelines. More information/guidelines on the link.

Virginia War Museum – will be reopening on Thursday June 18, 2020. Open Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 9am-4pm only. The museum will be limited to no more than 40 people (children and infants included) at any one time.


MacArthur Memorial will open to the public, with restrictions, on July 1, 2020. 

Nauticus – Nauticus remains closed but the Battleship Wisconsin hosts Nauticus’ new battleship experience opening to the public July 3, 2020.

The Chrysler Museum – The Museum and Glass Studio will reopen exclusively for members from June 16-19 and to the public beginning June 20, 2020.

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens – Beginning Tuesday, June 9th, the Hermitage gardens will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-4pm. The Hermitage Museum remains closed at this time for the installation of our summer exhibition, Unknown Outcome. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, June 23rd with new safety guidelines (forthcoming). Admission to the museum and exhibition will be free through the remainder of 2020.

The Virginia Zoo – The Zoo will reopen to the public on June 25th! If you are a member you can visit a bit earlier, June 22-24. Memberships will be extended for any that were current on March 13 or have been purchased or renewed since then. The Zoo will be open to the public and its members, Thursday to Monday. Tuesday and Wednesdays will be for Zoo Members only. The hours are 10 am to 5 pm and reservations are required. Tickets and reservations will be available, Tuesday, June 16 at 10 am and can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Visitors ages 10+ will need to wear masks and there are a variety of new procedures to assist with social distancing. Read more on the link!


Virginia Beach

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum– the doors are open and accepting visitors to the Museum and Shore Gallery Seaside Gifts. Operating in compliance with Virginia Governor’s Executive Order #63 and all guests must wear a face mask. Open now and resuming the Summer schedule of Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Military Aviation Museum – reopening on Friday, June 5, 2020. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

The Virginia Aquarium – The Aquarium will reopen to members June 15-18 and to the public on June 19th. Members will have ongoing early access from 9am-10am once the Aquarium opens to the public. All visitors will need to register online for specific timeslots. Masks will be required for ages 10+. Read more on the link!

Virginia MOCA – Virginia MOCA is reopening and admission to the current exhibits will be free! Members will have early access June 25-28, 2020 and the museum will open back up to the public on July 11, 2020. There will be restricted hours, timed ticketing, and carefully planned social distancing and sanitation practices. 



Watermen’s Museum – is open as of June 10, 2020.