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Museum Admission & Membership Discounts (Updated!)

Local Museum Discounts in Hampton Roads VA

Interested in saving some money on local Museum memberships or tours in Hampton Roads this fall? Here are some current, and upcoming local options… If we missed a local discount you are aware of please let us know! Additions to this list can be Submitted Here!

Multiple Locations

Chesapeake Public Library
If you are a member of Chesapeake public library be sure to check out their program that provides free passes to local museums. Call the library at 757-410-7124 for more information.



Hampton History Museum

Virginia Air and Space Science Center in Hampton

Newport News

Mariners’ Museum

  • The price of admission to The Mariners’ Museum is just $1 per person.

Virginia Living Museum

  • If your child has a Langley Federal Credit Union savings account they can access special benefits through their Constellation Club, including Free admission to Virginia Living Museum and 50% off admission to the Virginia Living Museum Planetarium.


The Chrysler Museum

  • Admission to the Chrysler Museum is always free. The Wonder Studio is an interactive family-friendly gallery to learn about the Chrysler Museum’s collection. (check for updates of exhibits open during COVID-19)

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

  • Museum Admission at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum is always free.

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

  • Admission to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens is FREE and open to the public.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

  • Through the PowerUp! Program: Regular Garden admission discounted to $5 per person. May be asked to show ID. *Discount not valid during special events and cannot be applied toward seasonal boat tours.

Virginia Zoo

  • The Virginia Zoo “Asia: Trail of the Tiger” is under partial closure due to the replacement of the boardwalk surface and structure. Construction is expected to last through the spring of 2023 – During construction, general Zoo admission will be discounted to $11 for all ticket levels. This price accounts for both potential impacts on the guest experience due to construction, as well as a new seasonal discount the Zoo is piloting for our cooler winter months.
  • Individuals with ADA-Recognized Disability and One Companion can receive free admission upon request. Advance reservation by phone is no longer available and walk-up entry is permitted for this discount only. Any additional paid tickets cannot be purchased onsite and must be reserved in advance online.
  • Through the PowerUp! Program:  $4.95 general admission to any Medicaid recipient age 2 and up (free admission to babies younger than 2). The discount applies Sunday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. **Excludes special events and cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts.**
  • Additional discounts are also available for:
    • AZA Reciprocal memberships50% off admission
    • Zoo Member Guests*$2 off admission
    • Military* $2 off admission
    • First Responder*$2 off admission
    • Norfolk Residents* $2 off admission
    • All College and University Students** $9.95 admission



Children’s Museum of Virginia

  • November 2022: The Children’s Museum of Virginia is partnering with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to swap members during the month of November! YMCA members will enjoy unlimited visits and other museum membership benefits from November 1-30.
  • Portsmouth Public Library Card Holders can enjoy FREE admission when they check out a museum pass from their local library.
  • Museums On Us – Children’s Museum of VA Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Cardholders can enjoy FREE admission at select Museums on the first weekend of each month. In Hampton Roads, this promotion is accepted at the Children’s Museum of VA.
  • Museum for All Initiative – Children’s Museum of VA – Participating museums have committed to offering individual admission fees ranging from free to $3.00 to individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID.
  • Discounts are also available for:
    • Portsmouth city employees – must present their employee identification card on-site to receive the discount.
    • Teacher Discount – Discount limited to PreK-12th grade Virginia teachers with valid identification
    • Reciprocal museum program members (ACM, ASTC, and NARM) must present valid museum membership that meets the requirements of the program as well as valid picture identification on-site to receive the discount.
    • SHRMF members must present museum identification and valid picture identification on-site to receive the discount.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center – General admission is $3 for all ages, and museum members are free.

  • Portsmouth citizens, with identification or a utility bill in their name, receive free admission on Sunday, December 18th. For more information on the holiday programming and to reserve tickets online in advance visit http://www.PortsmouthArtCenter.com or purchase your tickets in person at the door.

Virginia Beach

Free Admission Days at the Thoroughgood House
Free Admission & Tours are provided on a regular schedule Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.

Military Aviation Museum
November 25-27, 2022. Thanksgiving weekend (Planes, Trains & Santa Event!) – All children 17 and under get in free with a paid parent or guardian all weekend. Regular prices apply for guests 18 and older.

Virginia MOCA
Virginia MOCA – Virginia MOCA is OPEN with limited hours, and admission to the current exhibits is free!


Colonial Williamsburg

  • PowerUp! Participants receive $5 single day admission ticket per cardholder ages 6+, under 6 years old free. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
  • Military discount – Active-duty Military, Reservists, National Guard Personnel, Retired military and veterans enjoy FREE Admission to Colonial Williamsburg on select days each year.
  • Good Neighbor Pass – A special pass for Williamsburg residents. Unlimited admission, discounts, and more.


A Bit Of A Drive


James Madison Museum in Orange, VA
Admission for Two, Three, or Four Adults to James Madison Museum (Up to 20% Off)

Historic St Luke’s Church in Smithfield
Enjoy a 45 minute Guided Tour for 2 or 4 people.


Find even more Free or Discounted Events on the MyActiveChild.com Calendar!

Museum Discounts for Families in Hampton Roads VA